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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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    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358

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    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee

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    Re: Yeah Maude!

    Donna D
    Actress Bea Arthur left 100K in her will to the American Indian College Fund. Who woulda thought?
    Matching funds make it worth $200k. Cool.

    Actress Leaves Indian College Fund $100,000

    The late actress Bea Arthur left $100,000 to the American Indian College Fund for the Bea Arthur Scholarship Fund, according to a press release issued by the Fund.

    Arthur, who died last April at the age of 86, may be known best for her roles as Maude in the television show Maude and Dorothy in Golden Girls, but she is also pretty famous for her generosity toward those in need.

    "She believed that education was the key to empowering people to have faith in themselves and to overcome the hardships and injustices in their lives," said her son, Matthew Saks.

    The Fund will match Arthur’s estate gift up to $100,000 for all new donations.

    "Thanks to Bea Arthur and her vision, American Indians across America will have the opportunity to earn a college education, giving them, their families, and their communities hope for a better future," said Richard B. Williams, the Fund’s president and CEO.

    Supporters can give by mail, donate online at or call 1-800-776-386 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (MST).

    Most excellent!!!! My donations to AICF are made through payroll deductions each payday. Although nothing as great as what Bea Arthur was able to leave, last year's donation was over $250. This year's should be even better! I just wish i could donate to NARF the same way ... but sending it myself is okay too.

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