Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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         descendant, Cherokee
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  • Brent A. Cox (2008-2012)
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    Milan, Tennessee 38358
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    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee


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    bills reviewed

    summations of some of the majority opinions expressed ...

    >1. HB1305 by DeBerry J / SB1804 by Herron
    >Child Custody and Support - As introduced, requires juvenile courts to conduct custody proceedings in compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act.
    >Approved, unanimous.


    Simply makes explicit state compliance with federal law.


    >2. HB0186 by Casada / SB0136 by Ketron
    >Holidays and Days of Special Observance - As introduced, redesignates the
    >second Monday in September each year as American Indian Day instead of the
    >fourth Monday in September each year.
    >Disapproved, unanimous.


    A 'caption bill' - a legislative proposal that has no intrinsic political meaning but is proposed 'just in case' a legislator wants to amend something in that section of TN Code. ... a kind of trojan horse with unknown purpose.


    >3. HJR0082 by Lynn
    >Naming and Designating - "American Indian Heritage Month," September 2009
    >Disapproved, unanimous.


    No background information on who or why this was proposed.
    Opens up the future possibility of anybody arbitrarily requesting the legislature to move established community memorials to other dates.


    >4. HB0239 by Mumpower / SB1733 by Ramsey
    >State Government - As introduced, grants state recognition to certain Indian tribes, bands, and groups; provides means for other Indian tribes, bands, and groups to receive state recognition. ("Confederation recognition bill")
    >Disapproved, 4-3.


    Bad legislative proposal: no background information publicly available on the tribal origins of these groups, fraudulent use of tribal names, establishes unknown self-appointed groups as definers and arbitrators of recognition criteria, no definition of tribe and no recognition criteria, legislature ignoring existing state agency charged with establishment and implementation of recognition criteria.


    >5. HB0333 by Mumpower / SB1735 by Ramsey
    >Naming and Designating - As introduced, extends state Native American Indian recognition with full legal rights and protections to the Remnant Yuchi Nation in the counties of Sullivan, Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Unicoi, Johnson, and Washington.
    >Disapproved, 3-2.


    Bad legislative proposal: no background information publicly available on the tribal origin of this groups, theft of identity of a real tribe, fraudulent use of tribal name, no definition of tribe and no recognition criteria.


    >6. HB1692 by Mumpower
    >Minority Affairs - As introduced, grants state recognition to certain Indian tribes, bands, and groups; provides means for other Indian tribes, bands, and groups to receive state recognition.
    >Disapproved, 4-1.


    Bad legislative proposal: no background information publicly available on the tribal origins and 20th-century histories of these groups, fraudulent use of tribal names, establishes unknown self-appointed groups as definers and arbitrators of recognition criteria, no definition of tribe and no recognition criteria, legislature ignoring existing state agency charged with establishment and implementation of recognition criteria.


    >7. Motion to initiate rulemaking procedures to establish state recognition criteria.
    >Approved, 5-1.
    >
    >8. Motion to propose former Rule 0785-1 June 2007 (Revised) for state recognition criteria.
    >Approved, unanimous.


    Desire for 'tribal recognition' continues to be the primary issue of recently created Native American Indian culture clubs in the state, which apparently will not rest until settled by the legislature or the Commission of Indian Affairs. Last year's repeal of the recognition rule 0785-1 of June 2007 was directed by legislative committee to help save Commission. There is a continued need for state-mandated objective evaluation criteria to determine the meaning of the term 'Native American Indian tribe' in the state of Tennessee.

    Re: bills reviewed

    Bad legislative proposal: no background information publicly available on the tribal origin of this groups, theft of identity of a real tribe, fraudulent use of tribal name, no definition of tribe and no recognition criteria. or this tio tomahawk yall can make any **** law with or without the Yuchi who are in OKLA or you can give recon to the sob who reinvented himself as all gringos do why for the **** money, thus talk all yall want or maybe check with the FATCHIEF, man any with a lick of sense or maybe a real indian would be offened with that term, but WTF carry on after all the only **** good thing that came out of tenn was Sgt Alvin York


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