Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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    Milan, Tennessee 38358
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    Re: Re: Re: TNCIA legislative resolutions 5

    TENNESSEE COMMISSION OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
    Quarterly meeting
    Saturday, 8 November 2008, 10am, Family Life Center St Ann's Catholic
    Church, Bartlett (Memphis)


    F. legislative resolutions (kunesh) (:15)

    5. Promote reconciliation and return of expatriates to tribes, requires
    TNCIA to initiate contact & dialogue with tribes, primarily Cherokee. (kunesh)

    Whereas: By 1838 all Native American Indian tribes had been forcibly "removed" from the State of Tennessee while many Native American Indian individuals remained here; and

    Whereas: In 2008 many descendants of Native American Indians in Tennessee are desirous of "recognition" as being Native American Indian in Tennessee; and

    Whereas: In their desire to be recognized, many descendants have formed tribal cultural clubs to promote their understanding of tribal culture; and

    Whereas: Membership in the Cherokee Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation, all currently in Oklahoma, is based on descendancy from 19th-century members listed on various rolls; and

    Whereas: The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) has two Council members at-large whose purpose is to represent CNO members "residing outside the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation", especially among their eight extension communities in California and Florida; and

    Whereas: Other federally-recognized tribes (eg, Menominee, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe) whose membership is currently based on blood-quantum have created ancillary rolls to maintain a record of their members' descendants; and

    Whereas: Censuses, rolls, and lists of claimants of Native American Indians living east of the Mississippi River after the final 1838 "Removal" and into the 20th century, have been taken by the US and tribal governments; and

    Whereas: It is in the best economic and political interests of tribes and their claimed descendants to resolve the cultural distance between the tribe and individual claimants without state intervention in the tribal, organizational or individual recognition process; and

    Whereas: It is in the best political interests of the State of Tennessee that a process of return be established to reconnect the descendants of expatriated tribal members with their tribes of origin rather than establish a tribal recognition process;

    Therefore, Be it resolved, that the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs establish contact and maintain dialogue with the claimed tribes of Native American Indians living in Tennessee who are currently unaffiliated with any tribe, with the purpose of reconciliation and repatriation of expatriated descendants to their tribes of origin.

    Re: Re: Re: Re: TNCIA legislative resolutions 6

    TENNESSEE COMMISSION OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
    Quarterly meeting
    Saturday, 8 November 2008, 10am, Family Life Center St Ann's Catholic
    Church, Bartlett (Memphis)


    F. legislative resolutions (kunesh) (:15)

    6. state tribal recognition requires sponsorship by an existing
    federally- or state-legislatively-recognized tribe / adapting
    the NCAI resolution on federal recognition for TN use


    WHEREAS: The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) was established in 1944 and is the oldest and largest national organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments; and

    Whereas: The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has recognized the politically charged process of tribal recognition as potentially very damaging to the political welfare of its organization; and

    Whereas: The NCAI passed Resolution PHX-08-055 at its 2008 Annual Session addressing NCAI Policy on Federal Recognition of Indian Tribes, which includes the requirement of "one co-sponsoring NCAI member tribe"; and

    Whereas: The tribal, organizational and individual recognition issue has been the most contentious and politically destructive issue facing the state Commission of Indian Affairs over the past twenty years; and

    Whereas: The Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs believes strongly that the State of Tennessee has the right and responsibility to recognize legitimate historical Native American Indian nations and communities that have and do currently reside within the state; and

    Whereas: As a result of the state legislative Governent Operations Rules Committee directive to the Commission to rescind its policy on state tribal recognition of 2006, more and more unrecognized groups have come to the Commission and the state legislature seeking support for their tribal recognition by the State of Tennessee; and

    Whereas: All primary Native American Indian tribes and nations have been documented in the 19th and 20th centuries; and

    Whereas: New recognition of a group as a Native American Indian tribe in Tennessee presumes affiliation with an existing historic Native American Indian tribe somewhere else in the USA; and

    Whereas: Recognition of the inherent Native American Indian nature of a group claiming to be a tribe is best recognized by other Native American Indian tribes;

    Therefore, Be it resolved, that any state Native American Indian tribal recognition policy shall require sponsorship by an existing federally- or state-legislatively-recognized tribe.

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TNCIA legislative resolutions 7

    TENNESSEE COMMISSION OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
    Quarterly meeting
    Saturday, 8 November 2008, 10am, Family Life Center St Ann's Catholic
    Church, Bartlett (Memphis)


    F. legislative resolutions (kunesh) (:15)

    7. Proposal to Fix Meeting dates of the Tennessee Commission
    of Indian Affairs Quarterly Meetings (Meeks)

    Purpose: We've reached that point where regardless of when we attempt to plan a meeting, there will most likely be a conflict. A fixed meeting date, time correlated with the current law, will ease the burden of information to the Commission as well as with the community at large. / The desired effect of this proposal is to remedy the confusion as to when a meeting will be held and where as well as to remedy the rescheduling of any meetings which fail to occur.

    Adoption of this proposal may assist in remedying cases which have occurred since the re-founding of the Commission in regard to confusion as to when/where meetings are to occur as this has continued to "dog" the Commission and previous attempts of remedy have not seemed to satisfy all parties. While notice has been sent and has been posted, the community at large has continued to fail to realize when the meetings are to occur and where.


    Proposal: (A) that the Second Saturday of each [first month of the calendar] Quarter be set as the Standard Fixed meeting date (January, April, July, October). [eg, 2009: January 10, April 11, July 11, October 10]

    (B) Also, when possible, all meetings should be held at a State Building, thereby remedying the possibility of infringing upon private organizations.

    (C) that Teleconference meetings follow on the second Saturday morning of each other month starting at 1000 and ending at 1400 (February, March, May, June, August, September, November, December) at a location (preferably a State Office Building) which has a conference phone which may be manned by at least 1 member of the Commission at a location which coincides with the location of the next Metro Site meeting (e.g. next meeting Memphis, conference call locations would be in the Memphis Metro area). This is done to fulfill the Sunshine laws enabling members of the Community to come to this Public Location where they may also listen to and/or take part in the discussion of the Conference call (not to conflict with the current 10 day notification rule). Should a location with a conference telephone not be procured before the date of notification of meeting and agenda publication (to TDEC website), the Conference Call shall be rescheduled for the next calendar month. Should the next month be a regularly scheduled Metro Site meeting, the Conference call will not be automatically scheduled.

    (D) that "Special" called meetings be scheduled the Second Saturday of the month following the determination of desiring the meeting at no later than 1000 (not to conflict with the current 10 day notification rule and rules of "Special" called meetings)

    (E) that should a meeting fail to achieve a quorum, the meeting will automatically be rescheduled for the next month as in the case of a "Special" called meeting at the location (Same Metro Area) specified as was the original meeting.

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TNCIA legislative resolutions 8

    TENNESSEE COMMISSION OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
    Quarterly meeting
    Saturday, 8 November 2008, 10am, Family Life Center St Ann's Catholic
    Church, Bartlett (Memphis)


    F. legislative resolutions (:15)

    8. Resolution of Support and Commendation for
    Trail of Tears Commemorative Events

    re: extending the Commission

    if anyone believes the Commission really needs to be saved,
    i would appreciate hearing from you.

    ;>


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