TAHLEQUAH — Troy Wayne Poteete of Webbers Falls will fill an open seat in the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court if his nomination is confirmed by the tribal council.

Principal Chief Chad Smith says he feels confident that Poteete will be an outstanding Supreme Court justice because of his record of service to the Cherokee people, his extensive experience inside the Cherokee Nation government and his deep knowledge of Cherokee history.

Poteete, a two-term Cherokee Nation Tribal Council member from 1991-1999, earned his juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2001, and was in private practice until 2005. He serves as executive director of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority.

To be confirmed, Poteete will need a simple majority of votes from the Council at a meeting Jan. 25.

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