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    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee


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    Re: NOTICE TO NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY

    Two Dogs
    Tennessee Native American Convention

    NOTICE TO NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY
    10/26/09



    TNNAC wants to keep the Native American Community apprised of its activities. The information below will provide an overview of the October 17, 2009 regular TNNAC meeting. Official minutes of the meeting will be posted to the website, (http://www.tnnac.org).



    Officer Elections

    Officer Elections will be held after the convention as this follows the guidelines outlined in the bylaws. TNNAC accepted the resignations of Patti Beecham, Jon Greene, Dale Mitchell, and Van Lynch on Saturday, October 17, 2009. Van Lynch submitted her resignation as Secretary at the end of the October 17th meeting. (Ms. Lynch amended her resignation effective date from immediately, to November 06, 2009, and then to become effective immediately as of October 22, 2009.)



    Subsequently, on October 17, 2009, at the regular meeting, a vote was conducted appointing Ramona Reece as Interim Secretary until the officer elections take place in January to fill positions for a new term. By doing so, TNNAC will be able to conduct its business of running elections.



    Indian Preference

    IP was granted to Charles Lawson and Tammera Hicks.



    Complaints

    Various complaints were reviewed by the board. Some were considered valid complaints, while others were considered not valid. A formal TNNAC response to complainants will be prepared and sent as soon as possible directly to the complainant. Ms. Van Lynch agreed to prepare responses to those that made complaints regarding the caucus election.



    Two complaints about the handling of the Chattanooga caucus were reviewed. Chattanooga Chair did not provide any reason for not communicating the numbers to the caucus voters nor provide any reason for not sealing envelopes w/ voting participants signatures, the procedures to follow according to the SOP. Subsequently, the board opened the caucus packages with all members witnessing. Doug Kirby and (parliamentarian) Turner McCullough volunteered to tally and report the votes to the board. Numerical results will be updated on the website as soon as possible. The board agreed that these oversights did not affect the final outcome for nominated candidates.



    One complaint about the handling of the Memphis caucus was reviewed. It was determined that improper procedures and instructions had been given to the voters. The Memphis caucus results were deemed invalid. It was determined that another caucus election should be held to place commissioner nominees in the hands of the voters, as opposed to TNNAC selecting candidates from ACTIA/TNNAC or the previous convention delegate list. Therefore, it was agreed that the application period would be re-opened to the Memphis Caucus, and that all previous candidates (Stevens’ and Vinson’s) applications were still valid. New applicants should send applications/signatory sheets, etc., to TNNAC, C/O Ramona Reece, Interim Secretary, P.O. Box 86, Clarksville, TN 37041-0086. At present there is still an injunction which prohibits TNNAC from conducting any process regarding its elections. Once the injunction is lifted, and details worked out the deadline for applying, the caucus date, exact location, etc., will be announced to the public.



    Convention
    Once the injunction is lifted, and details worked out the Convention date, exact location, etc., will be announced to the public.



    Litigation

    While TNNAC is currently involved in litigation, its board is working hard to resolve the matter so it can devote time and energy to running its business with the election process.



    TNNAC Officers

    Marcia Cross, Interim Chair

    Wally Leary, Vice-Chair

    Ramona Reece, Interim Secretary



    "TNNAC wants to keep the American Indian Community apprised of its activities."

    Now that was funny!


    I like what someone else said but I made a minor adjustment:

    Often times, secret societies die in secret and no one knows the day of passing or cares either. This one is - for all intents and purposes - dead.

    When a private group (TNNAC) wants to start calling tomatoes, potatoes, that's just fine and dandy but the good news is, the rest of us don't have to also recognize or acknowledge tomatoes as potatoes. We know what tomatoes are, regardless of what they might be called within a secret group.

    The group can elect anyone they want but with a commission that's equally dead, it's all for naught. Makes not one whit of a difference who THEY elect, or not.

    It's past time to let this dead horse 'rest in peace' and for us to move on. Some of recognize and acknowledge we don't trust the private group or any 'action' they take - or not.

    Donna

    Re: NOTICE TO NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY

    You sure do like to change your attitudes when the tables are turned and YOUR opposition takes a lead. How sad you all side with corrupt, immoral and illegal activites of some. Now that TNNAC is no longer dominated by tk and cronies, all is done in secret...paleeeese. How sad you don't want what is best for TENNESSEE INDIANS. This is our home!! Want to run things like federals, go to the federals. We will take care of TN INDIAN business without outsiders. Yes, if not from TN you are an outsider to us, who have fought against us and continue to try to dominate TN State Indian affairs. No more.

    Re: NOTICE TO NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY

    You are sure do like to change your attitudes when the tables are turned and YOUR opposition takes a lead. How sad you all side with corrupt, immoral and illegal activites of some. Now that TNNAC is no longer dominated by tk and cronies, all is done in secret...paleeeese. How sad you don't want what is best for TENNESSEE INDIANS. This is our home!! Want to run things like federals, go to the federals. We will take care of TN INDIAN business without outsiders. Yes, if not from TN you are an outsider to us, who have fought against us and continue to try to dominate TN State Indian affairs. No more.


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