Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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American Indians in Tennessee government volunteer service
TN Archaeological Advisory Council
mandated 3 Native American representatives
  • Michael Lynch, West Tennessee (2008-12)
         member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Pat Cummins, Middle Tennessee (2004-08)
         descendant, Cherokee
  • Mark Cantrell, Middle Tennessee (2010-14)
         unknown tribal affiliation
  •   TN Historical Commission
    mandated inclusion of person/s
    of Native American ancestry

  • Brent A. Cox (2008-2012)
    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358

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    Greene (CNO) v. TCIA   filed 30 June 2010
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    TCIA: Standing Rules

    The latest list of standing rules is found at:

    as soon as possible, the Standing rules notation on the Commission website will be updated to include these as well as any rules which have been included since this document was created.


    Re: TCIA: Standing Rules

    James Everett Meeks
    The latest list of standing rules is found at:

    as soon as possible, the Standing rules notation on the Commission website will be updated to include these as well as any rules which have been included since this document was created.


    well yippee and yahoo

    Ya can call a tater a 'mater all ya wanna. It'll STILL be what it is. Yanno? On second thought, it's obvious ya don't know.

    UPDATED: Tentative Agenda

    Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs

    Tentative Agenda for Meeting

    23 January 2010 10:00 AM

    St. Ann Catholic Church

    Family Life Center

    6529 Stage Road

    Bartlett, TN 38134



    Opening Public Comments

    Agenda review/approval

    1. Officer Election




       Rules Committee

    2. Treasurer's report

    3. Minutes of 5 October 2009 meeting in Chattanooga - review

    4. 2009 annual reports - review

    5. Review chair's response to TNNAC inquiry

    Old Business


    1. Census 2010

    2. Motion to take from table previous discussion of internal rules, appointments, elections, tabled in February 2009

    3. Approval of Rule 0785-1 State Tribal Recognition Criteria.

    New Business


    1. Recognition Committee Appointment

    2. Recognition Application Review

    3. Legislation

    1. Legislation to Enact the Tennessee Indian Affairs Commission

      • HB1078 / SB1015   by Lynn  / by Johnson

      • Sunset Laws - As introduced, extends commission on Indian affairs, June 30, 2010.

    2. Legislation to make 28 February “Annual Dragging Canoe Memorial Day”

    3. Legislation for “American Indian Heritage Month”

      • HB0186 / SB0136   HB by Casada  /  SB by *Ketron

      • Caption Bill:

      • 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.

    4. HB0333 /  SB1735  by Mumpower  /  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.

    5. HB1692 / SB1978   by Mumpower / by Ramsey

      • 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.

    6. HJR0708     by Lynn

      • Naming and Designating - "American Indian Heritage Month," September 2010

    7. General Assembly, Statement of Intent or Position - Expresses support for the Tennessee Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and commemorative events honoring Native Americans.

    6. Outstanding Current Legislation before the General Assembly.

    7. Meeting Schedule

    Closing Public comments




    Agenda subject to change according to inclusions within the law

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