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Chad “Corntassel” Smith is the former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. He was elected to three four-year terms and ended his role in 2011. As principal chief, Smith was responsible for execution of the laws of the Cherokee Nation and oversaw tribal operations. Smith is a lawyer, and before becoming principal chief he taught Indian law at Northeastern State University, Rogers State University and Dartmouth College. Smith draws on his leadership experience for his new book, “Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation” (McGraw-Hill).

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