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    Cherokee Nation: What is a real Indian Nation? What is a fake tribe?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp7Z4eiEuaw

    Fraudulent groups passing themselves off as tribes have become big business during the past two decades, with more than 200 that claim to be some sort of Cherokee tribe. However, there are only three federally-recognized Cherokee tribes: the Cherokee Nation, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Many of the would-be Cherokee "tribes" are cultural societies or history clubs, whose members may or may not belong to nay of the federally-recognized tribes. Still others are harmful, and some are even created for criminal purposes.

    Re: Cherokee Nation: What is a real Indian Nation? What is a fake tribe?

    From the Constitution of These United States of America


    Article I


    Section 8.



    The Congress shall have power

    to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;


    To borrow money on the credit of the United States;


    To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;



    While I am sure that some will challenge the use of “words” in this review, the actual operative word in the litany above is


    shall


    or “have the ability to”


    or “will have the” (have the necessary)


    The ultimate challenge is that people today do not know or understand that there is _NO_ Such thing as “_The United States of America_”.  This misunderstanding did not start with but was perpetuated by, of all people, Andrew Jackson.

    _It is amazing that any American Indian would adhere to a policy which Andrew Jackson championed!!_


    The correct designation for this “entity” wherein there are 49 States resident upon the North American Continent, one State in the Pacific Ocean and other “territories” “managed”, “operated” by said entity IS


    _These United States of America_


    Plural “These” is the measure in which the Constitution of These United States was incorporated.  


    Regardless of how one may feel about this _collection of entities_ known as _These United States_, the rights of the Central Government of _These United States_ rests solely on Interstate Commerce, Protection of the citizens of the _several states_ which comprise _These United States of America_ and the perpetuation of the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution of _These United States of America_ to the “Citizens” of the _several states_ which comprise _These United States of America_.


    That “certain” American Indian entities continue to decry any American Indian whom they have denied begs the question of “Who do they ‘allow’ to be on their rolls?” (Some of these “Federal Entities” seem to be genuinely interested in repatriating historic citizens, but these are few.)


    That they continue to deny the heritage of those who are lineally bound to ancestors who were members of Historic North American Indian entities and who were listed on rolls prior to the “Dawes” roll (or limit to “some other roll” ) for the sake of Money, establishes the idea that they would rather have a dollar than to embrace American Indians of Lineal descent from “other” rolls.



    • If they are sovereign, where are their border crossings?

    • If they are sovereign, where are their Tribal Passports?  (I have seen only one (1) American Indian Passport in my life, it was not from a Cherokee based “nation”.)

    • If they are sovereign, why do they need a “foreign power” (These United States of American) to create laws to protect them?

    • If they are sovereign, why do they take the Indian Child Welfare Act money (which they use as a stipend) instead of establishing Profitable means separate from taking a “dole” from the Central Government of _These United States of America_?

    • If they are sovereign, why did they not continue to maintain a “Government” from time immemorial, instead of “re-creating” themselves every so many years to placate the Central Government of _These United States of America_?

    • In 1924, Why did the individuals from these entities choose citizenship in the Central Government of _These United States of America_ instead of in their “Sovereign” nations?

    • Would “Sovereign” entities become “BIA Indians” so that they could manage the funds of the “Indian Child Welfare Act Funds”? (where does this money go?)

    • If they are sovereign, Well maybe you are getting the picture.  Each is, as written by a previous writer, a _Ward_ of the Central Government of _These United States of America_ and are, by definition, _wards_ of the Citizens of the _Several States_ of _These United States of America_.


    Ward (as used in the text above)

    Law.

    a.   a person, esp. a minor, who has been legally placed under the care of a guardian or a court.


    b.   the state of being under the care or control of a legal guardian.


    c.   guardianship over a minor or some other person legally incapable of managing his or her own affairs.

    So, do the _Several States_ have the “power” to manage interests of the native born Citizens of each State?


    Well, the Constitution of _These United States of America_ addresses this as well:


     Amendment X (Ratified as a part of the Bill of Rights in 1791)


    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.


    And, yes, a person not born in the State of Tennessee, by definition, is _Not_ a Citizen of the State of Tennessee unless he/she has renounced his/her citizenship in the State wherein he/she was born.


    Tennessee has exercised its right of management of Intra-State Commerce as defined under the Tenth (10th) Amendment of the Constitution of _These United States of America_ with the most recent Fire-Arms manufacturing law.


    California has exercised the same right with its management of Medical Marijuana (whether or not you agree with California, it is its right).


    I pray that Tennessee exercise its Tenth (10th) amendment rights again to affect the Suffrage and Actualization of its Native Born Tennessee American Indian Citizens.


    The following is an excerpt from an email I received from a friend (some changes for clarification):


    It can be and is said that Foreign interests (American Indians who are not Native Born Citizens of Tennesseans) attempt to keep any of them (American Indians who are Tennessee Native Born Citizens) from receiving actualization and suffrage within the American Indian Community. Such was done prior to the Civil Rights act of 1964. Then as it is today there were those who had “privilege” did not wish to lose their “privilege” and sought to maintain their status quo.  Yet, the brave leaders of the Congress brought forward this legislation to further the cause of suffrage of our brothers and sisters in the African American Community as well as for American Women.


    Shall it be said of Tennessee that Tennessee fell to the same strata as those who sought to derail the Civil Rights act of 1964.  We, Native Born Tennessee Citizen American Indians, pray not.


    Peace


     

    What is a real Indian

    What is a real Indian Nation ?? A real Indian Nation first and for most is comprised of real Indians. I have asked this question of you on this board once before.....What is your blood quantum ?

    Re: Cherokee Nation: What is a real Indian Nation? What is a fake tribe?

    Dear Mr. Meeks - and anyone else concerned with this tired issue,

    We can each find all kinds of reasons and justifications for our own points of view but in the end, what really matters is that the CNO, the EBCI and the UKBCI of Oklahoma are the legitimate title holders to those who left these Lands on what's known as the Trail of Tears. As such, it's THEY who decide who their relations and relatives are; NOT you and NOT me.

    You and I (or anyone else who disagrees with you) can go around and around and around and around; arguing the various points in our own favor. Fine ... I don't know about you but it gets old, for me.

    Instead of debating and arguing YOUR point with ME (and anyone else who disagrees with you), try taking your cause to those who're in position of doing something about it: THE NATIONS, themselves!!!!!!

    Donna <- who's just SO tired of the SOS, every day, every month, every year



    James Everett Meeks

    From the Constitution of These United States of America


    Article I


    Section 8.



    The Congress shall have power

    to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;


    To borrow money on the credit of the United States;


    To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;



    While I am sure that some will challenge the use of “words” in this review, the actual operative word in the litany above is


    shall


    or “have the ability to”


    or “will have the” (have the necessary)


    The ultimate challenge is that people today do not know or understand that there is _NO_ Such thing as “_The United States of America_”.  This misunderstanding did not start with but was perpetuated by, of all people, Andrew Jackson.

    _It is amazing that any American Indian would adhere to a policy which Andrew Jackson championed!!_


    The correct designation for this “entity” wherein there are 49 States resident upon the North American Continent, one State in the Pacific Ocean and other “territories” “managed”, “operated” by said entity IS


    _These United States of America_


    Plural “These” is the measure in which the Constitution of These United States was incorporated.  


    Regardless of how one may feel about this _collection of entities_ known as _These United States_, the rights of the Central Government of _These United States_ rests solely on Interstate Commerce, Protection of the citizens of the _several states_ which comprise _These United States of America_ and the perpetuation of the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution of _These United States of America_ to the “Citizens” of the _several states_ which comprise _These United States of America_.


    That “certain” American Indian entities continue to decry any American Indian whom they have denied begs the question of “Who do they ‘allow’ to be on their rolls?” (Some of these “Federal Entities” seem to be genuinely interested in repatriating historic citizens, but these are few.)


    That they continue to deny the heritage of those who are lineally bound to ancestors who were members of Historic North American Indian entities and who were listed on rolls prior to the “Dawes” roll (or limit to “some other roll” ) for the sake of Money, establishes the idea that they would rather have a dollar than to embrace American Indians of Lineal descent from “other” rolls.



    • If they are sovereign, where are their border crossings?

    • If they are sovereign, where are their Tribal Passports?  (I have seen only one (1) American Indian Passport in my life, it was not from a Cherokee based “nation”.)

    • If they are sovereign, why do they need a “foreign power” (These United States of American) to create laws to protect them?

    • If they are sovereign, why do they take the Indian Child Welfare Act money (which they use as a stipend) instead of establishing Profitable means separate from taking a “dole” from the Central Government of _These United States of America_?

    • If they are sovereign, why did they not continue to maintain a “Government” from time immemorial, instead of “re-creating” themselves every so many years to placate the Central Government of _These United States of America_?

    • In 1924, Why did the individuals from these entities choose citizenship in the Central Government of _These United States of America_ instead of in their “Sovereign” nations?

    • Would “Sovereign” entities become “BIA Indians” so that they could manage the funds of the “Indian Child Welfare Act Funds”? (where does this money go?)

    • If they are sovereign, Well maybe you are getting the picture.  Each is, as written by a previous writer, a _Ward_ of the Central Government of _These United States of America_ and are, by definition, _wards_ of the Citizens of the _Several States_ of _These United States of America_.


    Ward (as used in the text above)

    Law.

    a.   a person, esp. a minor, who has been legally placed under the care of a guardian or a court.


    b.   the state of being under the care or control of a legal guardian.


    c.   guardianship over a minor or some other person legally incapable of managing his or her own affairs.

    So, do the _Several States_ have the “power” to manage interests of the native born Citizens of each State?


    Well, the Constitution of _These United States of America_ addresses this as well:


     Amendment X (Ratified as a part of the Bill of Rights in 1791)


    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.


    And, yes, a person not born in the State of Tennessee, by definition, is _Not_ a Citizen of the State of Tennessee unless he/she has renounced his/her citizenship in the State wherein he/she was born.


    Tennessee has exercised its right of management of Intra-State Commerce as defined under the Tenth (10th) Amendment of the Constitution of _These United States of America_ with the most recent Fire-Arms manufacturing law.


    California has exercised the same right with its management of Medical Marijuana (whether or not you agree with California, it is its right).


    I pray that Tennessee exercise its Tenth (10th) amendment rights again to affect the Suffrage and Actualization of its Native Born Tennessee American Indian Citizens.


    The following is an excerpt from an email I received from a friend (some changes for clarification):


    It can be and is said that Foreign interests (American Indians who are not Native Born Citizens of Tennesseans) attempt to keep any of them (American Indians who are Tennessee Native Born Citizens) from receiving actualization and suffrage within the American Indian Community. Such was done prior to the Civil Rights act of 1964. Then as it is today there were those who had “privilege” did not wish to lose their “privilege” and sought to maintain their status quo.  Yet, the brave leaders of the Congress brought forward this legislation to further the cause of suffrage of our brothers and sisters in the African American Community as well as for American Women.


    Shall it be said of Tennessee that Tennessee fell to the same strata as those who sought to derail the Civil Rights act of 1964.  We, Native Born Tennessee Citizen American Indians, pray not.


    Peace


     

    Re: Cherokee Nation: What is a real Indian Nation? What is a fake tribe?

    That was an amazingly good video! I almost cried. I see how we (the general US public)still, up untill today, make the Cherokee people suffer. When will this ever end?
    The guy in the fake Booger costume replaced me in the "New Toogaloo District" in the Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisianna Territory. I pray that God will, some day soon, set the Cherokee tribe free from the continual torment of these fake tribes, bands, clans, and nations.
    Dan.

    Re: Cherokee Nation: What is a real Indian Nation? What is a fake tribe?

    Dan akin
    That was an amazingly good video! I almost cried. I see how we (the general US public)still, up untill today, make the Cherokee people suffer. When will this ever end?
    The guy in the fake Booger costume replaced me in the "New Toogaloo District" in the Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisianna Territory. I pray that God will, some day soon, set the Cherokee tribe free from the continual torment of these fake tribes, bands, clans, and nations.
    Dan.


    Welcome back, Dan! Glad to see you here again.


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