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Cherokees donate $50,000 to Obama inauguration

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Cherokee Nation has made the maximum donation allowed to President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration committee.

Spokesman Mike Miller said the tribe hopes the $50,000 donation sends a message to Obama’s administration that the tribe wants to be involved with any possible policy development.

The Cherokees were the only entity in Oklahoma to make the maximum donation. The next largest donation from the state was a $25,000 gift from Oklahoma Democratic Party finance chief Reggie Whitten of Edmond.

No one else in the state donated more than $500 to the inauguration.

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Miller said such donations are determined by Chief Chad Smith and the tribal council.

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