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Candidate for At-Large Council, Mayes has lived half his life inside the Cherokee Nation and half of it outside the historical boundaries, having alternated back and forth several times. He has lived in several other states, including Oregon, California, Louisiana, Florida, and now Texas.
Mayes has proven his commitment to the Nation through many years of activism and political participation. He has served as executive director of the WhitePath Foundation, chairman of the Cherokee National Party, political cartoonist for the Cherokee Observer newspaper, chairman of the Cherokee Nation of 1839 Board of Governors, was instrumental in the formation of the Cherokee Elders Council, and has brought legal actions in the Cherokee courts when he saw injustices that needed correction.
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