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
    Commission terminated     30 June 2010

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    Help Provide Solar Energy for Lakota Families!
    Solar Energy for Lakota Families

    To provide solar heating systems to Native American families in need.

    2,458 members $736 raised

    In the nation's poorest communities — Native American reservations across the Great Plains — bitter winters force many families to spend up to 70% of their total income to heat their small, dilapidated homes. Choices are few: expensive electricity, polluting propane, or firewood from the few remaining trees.

    Energy costs on these reservations create hardship for everyone. The harsh cold can be deadly for tribal elders living in poorly insulated trailer homes that aren't adequately heated. The high cost of heating often puts other necessities, such as food and medicine, out of reach. The result is more suffering for a people that has already suffered much.

    Trees, Water & People's Tribal Lands Renewable Energy Program puts the power of nature — the warmth of the sun, the power of the wind, the shelter of trees — to work for Native Americans.

    Working with reservations communities, TWP and partner Henry Red Cloud, proprietor of Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), build and install supplemental solar air heating systems and plants windbreak and shade trees around the homes of families in need. The cost-effective solar heaters save 20-30% on annual heating costs for 2-3 decades with practically no maintenance!
    Together, they have installed 250 solar heating systems on 10 reservations.

    At the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), home of LSE on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, tribes learn about renewable energy applications from fellow Native Americans. This one-of-a-kind educational facility provides the skills and strategies necessary for tribes to establish successful solar installation programs in their own communities.

    Please join the Solar Energy for Lakota Families Cause and help provide tribal families with solutions that are sustainable, economically beneficial, environmentally friendly, culturally appropriate, and celebrate their traditional respect for Mother Earth.

    Mitakuye oyasin (We are all related)


    Donations Go To…
    Trees, Water & People
    A 501(c)(3) nonprofit

    1.Provide solar heating systems for Native American families.
    2.Reduce energy costs.
    3.Honor traditional native values of caring for the earth.
    4.Plant windbreak and shade trees.
    5.Support grassroots business initiatives of the Native American community.

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