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    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee


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    Re: TNNAC finds Kunesh guilty & approves Punitive Review committee

    Oh for crying out LOUD!!!! What a ****ed JOKE TNNAC & TnCIA have become .... and actually, it's far worse than that but i don't know any word(s) right now that would fit, that would be polite enough to say.

    KUDOS to YOU for refusing to leave - even though i'm rather sure leaving would have been THE thing to do as you gave them a piece of your mind!

    I rather like what someone else had to say: TNNAC is not a police organization, and to my knowledge, it has no police powers granted by the Secretary of State of Tennessee. It is, on the other hand, a BIG MOUTH with dicatorial trends that every Indian person in Tennessee should shun like the plague.

    GAAAH!! They truly makes me SICK!!!!!!!!! Turning my back and shunning them is NO PROBLEM!!!! Just as someone else was banned from being allowed to post here, i'm seriously considerding doing the same with these guys so as not to give their lies legitimacy - or publicity.

    Everyone needs to get busy and WRITE Tennessee's legislator also!!!
    :-(
    Donna


    tom
    Thirty minutes after former TNNAC chairman and former TCIA commissioner
    tom kunesh was approved by the TNNAC Board as a Board member elected by
    the 2009 Chattanooga caucus, then-TNNAC-chairwoman Marcia Cross read a
    "Resolution for Organizational Misconduct Investigation and Dismissal" for
    "punitive review" on "charges of misconduct, subject to judgement of
    reprimand, suspension and/or dismissal".

    Allegations include demonstration of "severe animus and disdain for the
    leadership and purpose of the Tennessee Native American Convention by his
    conduct of derisive and malicious email, intimidating correspondence and
    repeated attempts to cajole and/or harass members, to bring disrepute and
    ill repute upon TNNAC, to seek to have TNNAC violate the terms of its
    confidentiality disclosure agreements with candidates and invalidate the
    reliability of TNNAC in the eyes of the Native American community in
    Tennessee and before its governmental bodies charged to receive input,
    recommendations and nominations from same TNNAC".

    The resolution was approved 7-1 immediately with no questions or
    discussion. Kunesh was not informed of the resolution before the meeting
    but was handed a copy of it before Cross read it aloud. Kunesh was not
    allowed an opportunity to review or respond to the charges before or after
    the Board's vote.

    Cross then asked that kunesh be dismissed from meeting. Kunesh declined to
    leave. Cross responded that he was "on notice and under review", that he
    was not a member in good standing and shouldn't stay. Kunesh replied that
    he was a member of the TNNAC Board and that he would stay. Cross again
    stated that kunesh's presence was intimidating and demanded that he leave
    the room because she did not want the room to be intimidated while the
    investigation was conducted and the while the investigatory committee was
    appointed. Discussion continued on the possibility of suspending the
    meeting and calling the police to physically remove kunesh. Cross then
    asked kunesh to please vacate the meeting so the body can continue, and
    that he did not have the right to sit in on the Board's discussions.
    Kunesh again asserted his right as a TNNAC Board member in good standing
    to attend the meeting.

    Cross attempted to remove kunesh from the meeting so she could appoint the
    investigatory committee in secret. To that end, then-secretary Ramona
    Reece moved to appoint the investigative committee after the meeting. The
    motion passed 9-1, after which the meeting continued for six more hours,
    including the election of a new chairman (Jim Cossingham {Nipmuc of
    Massachusetts} of Clarksville, Middle TN), with a short break for
    delivered pizza.

    The full text of the resolution is below.

    ----

    Resolution for Organizational Misconduct Investigation and Dismissal

    (1) Whereas, the Tennessee Native American Convention has as its purpose,
    to assist Indian and non-Indian communities in choosing democratic Native
    American representation; and to promote recognition of, and the right of
    Indians to pursue political representation considered by them to be sacred
    and meaningful to Native Americans; to communicate with Tennessee's Indian
    communities and solicit communications from such Indian communities on the
    democratic process; and,

    (2) Whereas, among its duties are Investigate representational needs of
    Indians of Tennessee and to provide technical assistance in the
    preparation of plans for the alleviation of such needs; and,

    (3) Whereas, additional duties include for TNNAC to confer with
    appropriate officials of local, state and federal governments and agencies
    of these governments, and with such legislative committees that may be
    concerned with the democratic process and political representation in
    Tennessee Indian affairs; and

    (4) Whereas, additional duties are to encourage and implement coordination
    of applicable resources to meet the political representation needs of
    Indians in Tennessee; to cooperate with and secure the assistance of the
    local, state and federal governments or any agencies thereof in
    formulating any such political representation programs; and review all
    proposed or pending state legislation and amendments to existing state
    legislation affecting political representation of Indians in Tennessee;

    (5) Whereas, further duties include study the existing status of political
    representation of all Indian groups, tribes and communities presently
    existing in the state of Tennessee; and, to establish appropriate
    procedures to provide for political representation of Indians in Tennessee
    to the state; to conduct public caucuses and a convention on a biennial
    (every two (2) years) basis to select regional nominees for the state
    Commission of Indian Affairs; and

    (6) Whereas, the each board member is required to pledge to adhere to the
    TNNAC Code of Ethics; and,

    (7) Whereas, the Tennessee Native American Convention Code of Ethics
    requires board members to conduct myself professionally, with truth,
    accuracy, fairness, and responsibility to the public, to improve my
    individual competence and advance my knowledge and proficiency to the best
    of my abilities, to adhere to the articles of the Code of Ethics for the
    practice of election representation as adopted by the board of the
    Tennessee Native American Convention, to conduct one's self in such a way
    that their speech, acts, and other communications are honest and
    trustworthy, and are able to nurture a culture of truth and reliability;
    and,
    (8) Whereas, Tom Kunesh, board member-elect, has demonstrated severe
    animus and disdain for the leadership and purpose of the Tennessee Native
    American Convention by his conduct of derisive and malicious email,
    intimidating correspondence and repeated attempts to cajole and/or harass
    members, to bring disrepute and ill repute upon TNNAC, to seek to have
    TNNAC violate the terms of its confidentiality disclosure agreements with
    candidates and invalidate the reliability of TNNAC in the eyes of the
    Native American community in Tennessee and before its governmental bodies
    charged to receive input, recommendations and nominations from same TNNAC,

    Therefore, be it,

    Resolved That Tom Kunesh, board member-elect, is hereby formally
    recommended for punitive review by a review committee of the members of
    the board of the Tennessee Native American Convention, and

    Resolved, That such review to consider charges of misconduct, subject to
    judgement of reprimand, suspension and/or dismissal, as best insures and
    allows for the continued smooth operation and function of Tennessee Native
    American Convention in the fulfillment of its mission and duties to the NA
    communities of the state of Tennessee; and

    Resolved, That such continued functioning shall be without the further
    encumbrance of intimidation, malicious utterances and disreputable
    communications demonstrated by the offending board member-elect as
    outlined above.

    Respectfully submitted by my hand, this _______________, day of
    _______________, 2010.


    Marcia Cross,
    President & Chairperson
    Tennessee Native American Convention

    past qtr TNNAC expenses

    $ 381.43 - 17 October 2009 balance

    - $     6.20 postage to former TNNAC Secretary Van Lynch
    - $ 234.50 Hamilton County Chancery Court costs for Tammera Hicks vs TNNAC
                       to force TNNAC to give her 'Indian Preference'
    - $  40.00 annual report & change of registered agent
    --------------------
    - $ 280.70 costs

       $ 100.73 remaining TNNAC balance - 13 February 2010



    Nb: TNNAC's quarterly meetings and minutes are open
    and accessible and transparent to the public.

    re: transparency

    "TNNAC's quarterly meetings and minutes are open
    and accessible and transparent to the public."

    The only thing transparent about TNNOT's meetings is their total disdain of their own standing rules & bylaws, and their lack of ethical and equitable treatment towards those who aren't 100% pro-CONfed!

    re: transparency

    Dale M.
    "TNNAC's quarterly meetings and minutes are open
    and accessible and transparent to the public."

    The only thing transparent about TNNOT's meetings is their total disdain of their own standing rules & bylaws, and their lack of ethical and equitable treatment towards those who aren't 100% pro-CONfed!




    No ****ed doubt!!!!!!!!!!! (even if ya typed "TNNOT" instead of "TNNAC" )

    re: transparency

    So what you're saying is, the only thing transparent are their methods and their intentions.

    TNNOT it is, these days!

    TNNAC - as originally conceived - stood for the Tennessee Native American Convention - and was to be inclusive of federally-recognized, state-recognized and non-status descendants and supporters of American Indians who were to work together for the betterment of ALL Tennessee Indians by serving as an impartial election commission for the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs (and, incidentally for ACTIA, and TNNAC itself).

    What it has become is an entity controlled by the Confederation of Tennessee Native Tribes & their supporters. It is NOT representative of the greater Tennessee Indian populace, it does NOT promote goodwill among federal, state & non-status Indians, it does NOT promote fair & impartial elections, and it does NOT even follow its own standing rules & bylaws!

    Therefore, TNNAC is now TNNOT, and it canNOT be trusted in any way, shape, or form.

    re: transparency

    Same ole shyt ! Just different people, ennit

    TNNAC secretary complains about predecessors' incompetence

    At yesterday's TNNAC Board meeting, then-TNNAC-Secretary Ramona Reece complained about the total disarray of TNNAC records and complained that TNNAC was "missing 3 years of minutes" and the charter.

    She also complained that her letter to past secretaries requesting unidentified "missing records" went unanswered.

    When asked what minutes specifically were missing, she identified the minutes of 18 January 2009 which are, indeed, missing from her TNNAC minutes webpage, tnnac.org/?page_id=160, not "3 years of minutes". My records show the minutes of 18 January 2009 were completed on 9/29/09 and posted to the website (minutes-09jan18.html) for TNNAC Board review prior to the 18 October 2009 meeting, at which they were to have been approved by the TNNAC Board.

    When Reece complained that TNNAC didn't even have a copy of TNNAC's charter, kunesh informed her that TNNAC's charter, filed with the Secretary of State after their initial signature in november 2002, was its original (unamended) Bylaws, located at tnnac.org/rules/ByLaws.html.

    Yesterday's TNNAC Secretary's report lasted from 12.44 to 3.10pm. Minutes reviewed and approved include

    19 July 2009 mtg
    17 October 2009 regular mtg minutes
    5 December 2009 Special Called Mtg (Memphis) minutes
    5 December 2009 Convention (Memphis) minutes

    TNNAC Secretary Ramona Reece reported that she had sent draft copies of the minutes and the secretary's report out to all current members at the time, but not to members-elect. To date, after an initial letter sent 1 february 2010, and now 26 hours after yesterday's meeting started, Reece has still not provided TNNAC Board member tom kunesh with a copy of the minutes discussed at yesterday's meeting.


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