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    THIS SATURDAY: Commission of Indian Affairs mtg @ Oak Ridge

    next TN Commission of Indian Affairs meeting:

    • THIS Saturday - 20 March 2010 - 10am, Oak Ridge
    Zach Wamp Auditorium in the New Hope Center at the
    Y-12 National Security Complex, 602 Scarboro Road
    http://www.y12.doe.gov/about/visit/directions.php
    1. Laptops are permitted.
    2. Video Recorders are permitted.
    3. No identification will be required.


    official announcement has a 7-hour meeting scheduled:
    March 20 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm ET

    looking forward to see how much of the 7 hours is actual business,
    how much is b.s. to make it look&feel like they're busy,
    how much is secret and whispered,
    and how long they'll drag the meeting out.

    Tentative Agenda - below, with my comments added.

    ----

    Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
    Tentative Agenda for Meeting
    20 March 2010 10:00 AM
    New Hope Center,
    602 Scarboro Road
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830

    Prayer
    Introductions
    Opening Public Comments

    1. Agenda review/approval
    2. Treasurer's report [ my guess: balance is around $230 ]
    3. Minutes of 20 February 2010 meeting in Nashville - review

    Old Business
    1. Status of Apology Letter from Commissioner Ohle to Glen Reece
    ["Apology" for TDEC attorney Mark James' reference to "the Reeces" (plural) instead of "Reece's" (possessive) in a private email last year. Mr Reece was offended at being included with Mrs Reece. very important state business. very important agenda item. the show will be well worth the price of admission.]

    2. Census 2010
    [- did you get your form in the mail yet? ours arrived yesterday.]
    [www.census.gov/dmd/www/pdf/d61a.pdf]

    3. Current Legislation of TCIA.
    [Faulk amends SB3033 to read like TCIA Rule 0785-1;
    HB1078/SB1015 - to extend TCIA - dead;
    HB1692 by Mumpower/SB1978 by Ramsey - to recognize Confederation's 6 culture clubs - dead.]

    4. Status of Recognition Criteria progress
    [TCIA Rule 0785-1 - becomes effective 17 May]

    5. Email Notification Address: tcia@winx.net

    New Business
    1. Information Request Form <--- this is new. ask tcia@winx.net what this is about and for a copy to comment on.

    2. CNO Disk and pamphlet (Christine Goddard)
    [see her Agenda Item Request below]

    3. Opportunities With The Federal Government [1-2pm]
    Commissioner Christine Goddard brings Ms Freda Hopper,
    Department Of Energy, Oak Ridge Small Business Program
    Manager to speak about opportunities for Native Americans
    with the Federal Government as individuals

    Meeting Schedule (105 days left)
    April 24, State Office Building, 540 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga
    May 22, Project Management Division, 6601 Centennial Blvd., Nashville
    June ??

    Closing Public comments
    Prayer
    Adjourn



    AGENDA ITEM REQUESTS [useless crap edited out]

    1. Opportunities With The Federal Government
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    • Freda Hopper, Department Of Energy, Oak Ridge Small Business Program
    Manager is going to speak about opportunities for Native Americans with
    the Federal Government as individuals and or small businesses.
    • She is tentatively scheduled to speak from 1:00‐2:00pm
    • She will have handouts and business cards to leave with attendees
    . Commission meeting date for inclusion into the agenda: March 20, 2010
    . Person submitting request‐form: CMR Goddard
    • Phone Number: 865‐567‐2513
    • eMail address: cmrg.tcia@yahoo.com
    • Mailing address: 3966 Lowes Ferry Road, Louisville, TN 37777
    . Date request‐form submitted: 3‐5‐2010

    2. Brochures provided to the TN Legislature by the CNO
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    • Per my constituents the CNO is providing brochures to the TN Legislature
    against the State Recognition of Tribes in the State.
    • The information is not factual
    • Does the Commission want to provide information to the TN Legislature
    (Myth & Facts) to counter this?
    . Commission meeting date for inclusion into the agenda: March 20, 2010
    . Person submitting request‐form: CMR Goddard
    • Phone Number: 865‐567‐2513
    • email address: cmrg.tcia@yahoo.com
    • Mailing address: 3966 Lowes Ferry Road, Louisville, TN 37777
    . Date request‐form submitted: 3‐10‐2010

    Christine M R Goddard, Knoxville Area commissioner
    Heritage: Enrolled member, Upper Cumberland Cherokee (also known as the
    United Eastern Lenape Nation)

    Re: THIS SATURDAY: Commission of Indian Affairs mtg @ Oak Ridge


    Old Business
    1. Status of Apology Letter from Commissioner Ohle to Glen Reece
    ["Apology" for TDEC attorney Mark James' reference to "the Reeces" (plural) instead of "Reece's" (possessive) in a private email last year. Mr Reece was offended at being included with Mrs Reece. very important state business. very important agenda item. the show will be well worth the price of admission.]







    OMG!

    If that's the tone this "new commission" is setting, it's definitely way more than a SAD state of affairs; it's even worse than a bad joke.


    pathetic

    Re: THIS SATURDAY: Commission of Indian Affairs mtg @ Oak Ridge

    tom

    2. Treasurer's report [ my guess: balance is around $230 ]

    sorry, that guesstimate should be $130 current balance if they're doing it right.

    then start subtracting the cost of new business cards for the frauds ...

    the balance will be down close to zero when the end hits in 103 days,
    where it should be when you're riding the bogus remains of a state agency
    into the dirt.

    TCIA mtg notes 20mar10

    Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
    Meeting Agenda
    20 March 2010 - Y-12, Oak Ridge TN

    34 adults - only 2 of us not members of their "Confederation"

    $173.32 balance

    4. Status of Recognition Criteria progress
    Meeks: moving forward to May 17
    rec'd application: Central Band of Cherokee

    New Business
    1. Information Request Form [no copies provided]
    approved to adapt & utilize Comptroller's request form
    http://www.tn.gov/comptroller/openrecords/forms.htm >
    presumably the same as http://www.tn.gov/comptroller/openrecords/pdf/Inspection-duplicationofrecordsrequestform(final)3.pdf

    2. CNO Disk and pamphlet
    motion - draft & send something to legislature against its "misinformation".
    Meeks - write letter, send existing brochures [attached]
    unanimous

    4: Status to Secy of State of ACTIA
    Meeks - proposed rough draft of letter to give to legislators
    "There is a nonprofit ACTIA - AG Opinion deemed it has no legal relationship w/TCIA
    There may be further attempts to attempt to further attempt to represent TN NA indians but it is not representative of NA population nor of this Commission.
    We the Commission wish to show our support for you ... to honor Tennessee Native Americans"
    approved to accept ltr w/amendments [copy requested]

    6: reviewed "Central Band of Cherokee" [Cherokee of Lawrence County] application; found it lacking, will send it back. allowed people to look over their shoulders at the application.


    time spent
    ---------------------------------------
    1:26 breaks
    1:00 review of Joe White's/Lawrence County application
    0:59 actual business
    0:23 guest speakers

    Re: TCIA mtg notes 20mar10

    > 34 adults
    >
    > Hicks referred to Mark Greene & i as "guests" - the only 2 of us not
    > members/supporters of the Confederation.



    yanno, the one [IRONIC] thing that strikes me the most is:

    the turnout that couldn't ever be around when there were actual, real
    Indians on the Commission who were trying hard to get some real work done on
    serious issues.


    ~
    (blowin' raspberries)


    strong winds blowing rain here; electricity flickering


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