Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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TN Archaeological Advisory Council
mandated 3 Native American representatives
  • Michael Lynch, West Tennessee (2008-12)
         member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Pat Cummins, Middle Tennessee (2004-08)
         descendant, Cherokee
  • Mark Cantrell, Middle Tennessee (2010-14)
         unknown tribal affiliation
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    of Native American ancestry

  • Brent A. Cox (2008-2012)
    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358

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    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee

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    To "Anon"

    "* Out side of Tennessee interest in Okla. and one or two officals of the Tennessee Indian Commission, you probably know who one is, if your in Tennessee, whose suppose to be helping Native Americans in Tennessee, but spends all their time working against Tennessee Native Americans and preventing the Native American majority from being heard, any ideas why? Could it be green? Word is, the AG will find out."

    Geez, this is getting to be an old, unproven, undocumented, untrue statement about people on the Commission.

    The contact information for each of the Commissioners is posted on the official state website and another half-dozen or so unofficial websites including this one. The contact information posted includes all or part of the following: names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses.

    The dates for the meetings are posted on the official website and reminders are distributed through community notices to the owners of all Tennessee-resident-owned message boards and lists.

    There are 8,732 hours during each YEAR that the public has to contact one or more commissioners with their comments, ideas, requests, etc. That's hours when the commission is NOT in a public meeting setting. Additionally, the law requires the Commission to allow public comments as part of each of its meetings, so add another 4 or more hours per year to the 8,732 hours.

    There are not less than three community round table conference calls held between commission meetings where all anyone has to do is pick up a phone, call in, and speak with a commissioner and any other members of the community on the line at the time.

    If you really want to inform yourself thereby making it possible to form your own decisions instead of accepting the opinions of others as your decisions, you could read the blogs of three of the commissioners. We use the blogs to express our own positions and opinions, to keep YOU updated between meetings, and to distribute proposals and other issues for public comment.

    The point is, if the YOU are not contacting the Commissioners, then YOU are preventing YOURSELF from being heard because the Commissioners are doing everything within the limits of their resources to make themselves available to you.

    As far as your allegations that one or two are against "Tennessee Native Americans" or "Native Americans in Tennessee" and that the reason they are allegedly against it is "green" (read money), BULL. In a large, loud, definitive response.

    Not one person seated on the commission is against Indians inside, outside, from or alien to Tennessee. Post specific instances where individuals on the Commission have worked against Indians in this state or give that argument up as the bogus argument it is.

    Not one person on the commission is experiencing any monetary gain from being on the commission. If anything, we're all experiencing a drain on our personal resources and continuing attacks on our personal and professional reputations.

    It isn't getting any of us new or better jobs or any jobs at all, it isn't a paid position, there is no "expense reimbursement" option, there are NO state or federal funds at our disposal, and its treasury is and remains at less than $500, all of which is held in the TDEC accounts and none of which is expendable at the discretion of individual commissioners.

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