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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)
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  • Brent A. Cox (2008-2012)
    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358
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    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee


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    Re: UPDATED: Current TCIA Commissioners

    James Everett Meeks

    The current Commissioners of the Tennessee
    Commission of Indian Affairs are:

    Memphis Metro Alice Henry
    West Tennessee Jimmie Thigpen
    Middle Tennessee James Everett Meeks
    Nashville Metro Charles A Lawson
    Chattanooga Metro Tammera Hicks
    East Tennessee Valerie Ohle
    Knoxville Metro Christine Goddard

    The above information has been confirmed through documentation from
    the Governor, the Lt Governor and the Speaker of the House.

      Important to note ...
    1. No member of a federally-recognized tribe.
    2. No member of a state-recognized tribe.
    3. No child or grandchild of a member of a member of a federally- or
      state-recognized tribe.
    4. No verifiable genealogical documentation of the Native American
      Indian ancestry of any member.
    5. Six (6) supporters of the culture clubs that want to be tribes aka
      The Confederation of Tennessee
      Native Tribes"
      .
    6. Opposition from two (2) federally-recognized tribes.

    Can You Not Read


    Important to note ...
    No member of a federally-recognized tribe.
    No member of a state-recognized tribe.
    No child or grandchild of a member of a member of a federally- or
    state-recognized tribe.
    No verifiable genealogical documentation of the Native American
    Indian ancestry of any member.
    Six (6) supporters of the culture clubs that want to be tribes aka
    The Confederation of Tennessee
    Native Tribes".
    Opposition from two (2) federally-recognized tribes.


    Current Law
    TCA 4-34-104. Members. —
    (3) Preference in selection of at least five (5) Indian commissioners shall be given to Native American Indians, i.e., persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America, and who maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.

    i.e.
    "I.e." stands simply for "that is," which written out fully in Latin is 'id est'. "I.e." is used in place of "in other words," or "it/that is." It specifies or makes more clear.

    e.g.
    "E.g." means "for example" and comes from the Latin expression exempli gratia, "for the sake of an example," with the noun exemplum in the genitive (possessive case) to go with gratia in the ablative (prepositional case). "E.g." is used in expressions similar to "including," when you are not intending to list everything that is being discussed.


    Since "i.e." was used instead of "e.g.", the law states the "criteria" for "Indian Preference".

    Maybe you should have had the law written to conform to "_your_" idea of what it was supposed to be.

    Since the idea of "Indian Preference" was written into the law (TCA), TNNAC has acted outside of the law since the law was enacted.
    <<Of course, TNNAC CAN act outside of the law because it is a "Private" organization----except when it comes to compliance with TCA>>

    _Gracias por su ayuda_

    wez kan readz, massah

    wez jus kan't unerstan y Kornfused Kulture Klubberz wanna tayk over sumthin 4 indinz when theyz kood keep playin theyr gamez in privat

    but that b normal 4 whyte folk thinkin they b no-it-allz who kan doo better where they not kneeded or wanted

    de nada


    I B Anonymous like "you"

    Important to note ...
    No member of a federally-recognized tribe.
    No member of a state-recognized tribe.
    No child or grandchild of a member of a member of a federally- or
    state-recognized tribe.
    No verifiable genealogical documentation of the Native American
    Indian ancestry of any member.
    Six (6) supporters of the culture clubs that want to be tribes aka
    The Confederation of Tennessee
    Native Tribes".
    Opposition from two (2) federally-recognized tribes.


    Current Law
    TCA 4-34-104. Members. —
    (3) Preference in selection of at least five (5) Indian commissioners shall be given to Native American Indians, i.e., persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America, and who maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.

    i.e.
    "I.e." stands simply for "that is," which written out fully in Latin is 'id est'. "I.e." is used in place of "in other words," or "it/that is." It specifies or makes more clear.

    e.g.
    "E.g." means "for example" and comes from the Latin expression exempli gratia, "for the sake of an example," with the noun exemplum in the genitive (possessive case) to go with gratia in the ablative (prepositional case). "E.g." is used in expressions similar to "including," when you are not intending to list everything that is being discussed.


    Since "i.e." was used instead of "e.g.", the law states the "criteria" for "Indian Preference".

    Maybe you should have had the law written to conform to "_your_" idea of what it was supposed to be.

    Since the idea of "Indian Preference" was written into the law (TCA), TNNAC has acted outside of the law since the law was enacted.
    <<Of course, TNNAC CAN act outside of the law because it is a "Private" organization----except when it comes to compliance with TCA>>

    _Gracias por su ayuda_

    Re: UPDATED: Current TCIA Commissioners

    Who came up with this.

    "No child or grandchild of a member of a member of a federally- or
    state-recognized tribe."


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