Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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  • Michael Lynch, West Tennessee (2008-12)
         member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
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         descendant, Cherokee
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         unknown tribal affiliation
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    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358

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    You are right IT IS NOT OVER. We will continue to fight you for what is ours!!

    You're not fighting "me" for anything 'cause I can't turn water into wine nor can I make you into something you aren't any more than legislators can give you something they don't have to give.

    Wait! Better answer

    You are right IT IS NOT OVER. We will continue to fight you for what is ours!!


    Chad Smith,Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation
    A. D. Ellis, Principal Chief, Muscogee (Creek) Nation,
    Greg Pyle, Chief, Choctaw Nation,
    Kelly Haney, Principal Chief, Seminole Nation
    Bill Anoatabby, Governor, Chickasaw Nation
    Fight these leaders you dang fool, or drink the dang kool-aid like the mother ship for wayward injuns is ready for yall


    TPK 2002

    "with blood quantum we will get a lot of squealers who will feel they won't be able to get what they want. With descendants we will get more support and I believe the descendants will support the fuller bloods majority of commissioner positions"

    Tali stated

    "We also questioned your blood quantum if somehow your story were true."

    There are many, too many, here that do not support the idea or even the thought of using blood quantum as a mean of Indian identity. Yea, I know all about the attorney general opinion on blood quantum as a requirement for being seated as a commissioner. But his opinion has absolutely nothing to do with using it as a means of proving actual blood for the purpose identifying who is an Indian.

    Its impossible to just create tribal or Individual recognition criteria by any other means. It can't be done legitimately. Tennessee has a Commission of Indian Affairs....... what for.....there still are no legitimate indians. Because they can't get beyond the identity issue. You'd think by now some one would recognize the mistakes that were made and correct them. But nooooooooooooo. Using blood quantum would be a solution to the problem they cannot get passed. But.......... using blood quantum would also exclude those who don't have it. And you would be surprised to find out those who don't.

    another reply to proposed Yuchi 'recognition' in TN

    Posted by Two Feathers on May 26, 2009 at 10:35 am

    This link above says it all. It is an online flyer inviting anyone who “thinks” they might have a Native ancestor to come and “join” this tribe.
    From the beginning, I have said that this process will be an open door for widespread fraud because this bill will not specify a third party verification process for the evaluation of ancestral proof on an individual basis.
    When this tribe is thru enrolling illegitimate claimants, it will number in the tens of thousands, maybe more!

    We have learned many new and disturbing facts regarding this tribe over this weekend, confirming our suspicions that legislators who vote to pass this bill will have failed in their duties to represent the best interest of this states people. If one of these legislators who vote to pass it had scrutinized the basis of the claims, this bill would have never made it off Mumpower’s desk.
    It will be a sad day in Tennessee if and when the Governor signs this terrible bill into law.


    Everyone should go online to the Tennessee legislature web site and watch the house S≶committee meetings regarding this issue. There was one on May 5th and one on May 12th.
    It was an absolute embarassment with members of the committee claiming they themselves were Indian and wanted recognition. Rep Litz of Morristown made a steaming speech regarding Richard Allen of the Cherokee nation supposedly lying to him yet allowed Mr.Vest, the Yuchi chief to commit the same act, not once but several times in his testimony before that very committee.
    These incompetent folks are our representatives who would pass a law and legitimize a fake tribe without once checking to see if these people are what they are now claiming to be.

    I would hope that everyone who votes will take note of this grossly irresponsible act by Mumpower and Ramsey when they next visit the voting booth.The 200 plus of us who oppose this locally sure will.

    We ask every person who reads this to share this article, call Ramsey’s office or email him and demand this process be halted immediately!
    Mumpower has already stated above that he will not listen to those who put him in office so that is useless.
    DO IT TODAY!! Thank you!


    another reply - snipped:

    there is sinister motivation behind legislation supported by Jason Mumpower.

    Jason Mumpower has never and will never do anything that shows kindness or respect to anyone unless he benefits from it to some degree. Usually public image.
    That’s his nature and the Republican way.


    and that last comment says a mouthful - and even at that, it's an understatement!!

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