Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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American Indians in Tennessee government volunteer service
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
  •   TN Historical Commission
    mandated inclusion of person/s
    of Native American ancestry

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

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    I had these saved for--I don't know how long, can't remember who sent them to me, but I thought you'd like them. There are two, "You Have to Love Indian Women" followed by, "You Might Be Kiowa If..."

    You Have To Love Indian Women...
    ...For their ability to play rez ball, take care of 20 kids, and manage to make sandwiches at the same time when at a basketball tournament.
    ...For their quick response to guys saying "shht, shht."
    ...For any reason to say "Aye!" at the end of a joke.
    ...For their ability to cram 20 people in one room at the Super 8 motel during a powwow.
    ...For their ability to make commodity food taste like a 4-star culinary feast.
    ...For their ability to expertly point with their lips at that fine grass dancer with the long braids.
    ...For their ability to make a rez car look good.
    ...For their ability to change a tire.
    ...For their ability to work wonders with bailing wire and, of course, duct tape!
    ...For their ability to keep sweat pants fashionable no matter what the occasion.
    ...For their ability to make that all-tourney T-shirt and shorts into the one and only Indian "swimsuit."
    ...For their ability to stay out all Friday night at the Indian casino and still hit the Saturday yard sales.
    ...For their ability to make Black Lodge miss a beat with her long hair, shady brown eyes, and feather light dancing.
    ...For their ability to lead all the round dance songs at Gathering's 49.
    ...For their tendency to want to bead every clothing item of the entire family.
    ...For their ability to give one "look" at their man to shut him up.
    ...For her ability to go the store with those infamous pink rollers in her hair with not one hint of embarrassment.
    ...For their ability to somehow get her husband to ask for some of his money out of his own paycheck.
    ...And last but not least for their wonderful ability to sneak 10 extra drumsticks of chicken and biscuits into their Tupperware from the buffet in town to later feed the family.

    You Might Be Kiowa If...
    You can eat kidneys and frybread for breakfast.
    You point with you lips.
    You believe that getting the "already sliced" kind of commodity cheese was the best thing that ever happened.
    You direct deposit your paycheck to the local Wal-mart.
    Your vehicle always seems to have a coating of fine red dust all over it.
    You drink coffee before you go to sleep.
    Your car has more than two dents and a hole in the trunk where the keyhole used to be.
    You use the expressions like "is it", "ayeee", and "oh-guh".
    You describe someone as acting "some kinna way."
    You give all your directions by reference to the "Pache Y."
    You think that meat is best cooked when it is boiled.
    You have a "boat", but it doesn't belong in the water.
    You find long lost family members at the Red Carpet Inn buffet line in Anadarko.
    You go to the Carnegie movies just for the hot dogs.
    You put "ah-tat-hi" on everything you eat.
    You know that when someone is "stink" it doesn't refer to how they smell.
    When out of state, people ask you to start the 49 songs.
    You don't look back when driving through "The Gap."
    You think John Cope is the best "taw-koy" ever born because of his pre-made dried corn.
    You hoard number 13 Czech cut beads, especially the "periwinkle blue" ones.
    Your dogs like left over stew, cold frybread, bote, and corn soup better than dog food.
    You have a relative nick-named after something to eat (e.g. cornbread, chili, biscuit,...)
    Your child thinks that "maw-bane" is his Indian name.
    Its not Christmas until you get your "candy sack" from the local Indian church.
    You save your best shirt for the "main day".
    You have an auntie that can turn a pile of rations into a 12 course dinner.
    You're proud of your "commod bod."
    You prefer to travel down the "Indian road" rather than Highway 9.
    You know someone who has got stray mescal beans, cut beads, buckskin pieces, and shawl fringes under the mats in their car or under sofa cushions.
    You don't know the real name of at least one relative, having always referred to them by their childhood nickname.
    You hold out your hand and twist it back and forth to get someone's attention.
    You know where "Spur, Squaretop, Greg's Corner, and Dirty Shame" are located.
    You have 450 persons you call "my cousin."
    Your "off-tribe" friends think that "pah-bee" is someone's first name.
    You know what the "pizza" song is.
    You used the word "Bay-gah" at least once today.

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