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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    Milan, Tennessee 38358

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    WOW, there's a "pool of money" for Indians somewhere!!

    Dayum!! Someone (a BUNCH of 'em) have been feeding the legislators a HUGE boatload of shyt ... so the poor naive / ignorant one of Truth, begin spouting MORE MYTHS and MISINFORMATION!

    We all need to WRITE THIS GUY and let him know the TRUTH!
    (c) 2009, Congressional Quarterly Inc.

    Tribal Trouble in Tennessee
    Cherokee leaders are disputing the status of other groups. More than money
    is at stake.
    By Alan Greenblatt | November 2009

    Given the limited number of Native Americans, it would be natural to
    expect that today's tribes would welcome the recognition of any new group
    with a proper claim to Indian heritage. But things don't always happen the
    way you expect.

    The federal government grants official recognition to the biggest and
    best-known tribes, making them eligible to receive assistance through a
    variety of programs. But there are hundreds of tribes still trying to
    navigate the arduous federal recognition process. As a result, about 20
    states grant separate recognition under the terms of state law.

    That can help the aspiring tribes in several ways-giving tribal leaders
    standing in child welfare cases, for example, or taking the Indian
    viewpoint into official accounts when history lessons are drawn up for
    schoolchildren. But for the most part, state recognition plays no role in
    determining eligibility for federal programs.

    Even so, some of the established tribes don't like to see the states doing
    this. That's the case in Tennessee, where the legislature recently took up
    a bill, sponsored by top leaders in both chambers, that would have granted
    recognition to a half-dozen remnant bands living within state borders. The
    influential Cherokee tribes, headquartered in Oklahoma and North Carolina,
    objected strongly, in part because they felt that some of the bands were
    actually Cherokee and thus should be folded within the larger group under
    federal rules. "The recognition of Native American tribes has always been
    a matter of federal law," says Bob Tuke, a Nashville lobbyist retained by
    the Cherokee. "The Cherokee naturally have a good bit of pride and legal
    interest in making sure that their nation remains properly identified."

    And financial interest, too, to hear the bill's sponsors tell the story.
    Tennessee does not allow casino gambling, but state recognition of the
    applicants would have given them authentication for a variety of arts and
    crafts they sell and possibly brought in substantial revenue. "It's very,
    very, very clear to me that what it's about is people who currently have
    recognition simply don't want anyone else recognized," says Jason
    Mumpower, the Tennessee Republican House leader. "There is a pool of money
    that comes to them, and they don't want it diluted anymore."

    Similar complaints have been heard in other states, many of which have set
    up councils to determine the groups that should receive recognition.
    Sometimes this process works well, but critics contend that it can
    function as just one more means of barring new members from the club.

    Tennessee set up such a board within its Commission on Indian Affairs a
    dozen years ago. The board has yet to recognize a single tribe.

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    Re: WOW, there's a "pool of money" for Indians somewhere!!

    cherokee nation found the remnant bands to actually be cheroke??

    Who the heck fed them that line of BULL.

    We've always said these walking mascots had powerful players in powerful places with a larger agenda than we know. That fed tribes need jump on board of what is happening or it'll be done before they even understand the concept of "state recognition".

    Re: WOW, there's a "pool of money" for Indians somewhere!!

    The stupidy in this article can be explained if the author was an intern.

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