Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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  • 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
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  • Brent A. Cox (2008-2012)
    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358
    731-723-9994

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    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee


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    Re: Can't people take their private wars somewhere else?

    Yeah, I thought a vendetta was an Italian thing.

    Re: Who is Cherokee?

    I can definitely understand when people look at that video (playing on Youtube about what Cherokees look like) and get frustrated that even though they MAY have more Cherokee blood than some of the people shown, they cannot get enrolled. The reason they cannot get enrolled is they don't have an ancestor on the Dawes Roll. Some people seem to think that ALL Cherokee people were listed on the Dawes Roll. Not true. Not even close. And many of the people listed are not listed with correct blood quantums as full bloods were thought to be incompetent to handle their own affairs and were assigned a white person to take advan... uh, assist them. Many full bloods were listed as half or less to avoid the requirement to have someone else manage their money. Also, brothers and sisters of the same parents are often listed with varying blood degrees--from a visual appraisal by the roll taker. Now, between the Trail of Tears when people went to Oklahoma and the taking of the Dawes Roll, there was a good 50-60 years. In that time many people left Oklahoma and returned east--some of those people hooked up with the Eastern Band in Qualla, but some returned to the areas they had previously lived in. The Eastern Band are not Cherokee according to many in Oklahoma because they are not on the Dawes Roll--that's humbug. They are Cherokee--most moreso than those in Oklahoma. Anyway, most of the arguments I hear going back and forth about who is and who is not Cherokee leave out most of this information. I guess those who want to be the final word only list the information that helps to prove their point. There is more than one side to this argument--I guess that's why it will always be an argument. I guess my advice to those who know they have living relatives in NC or Oklahoma is--look them up, meet them, exchange family information. You may or may not be able to enroll, but at least when some asks, "Who claims you?" you can answer--"My relatives do."


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