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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
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  • Brent A. Cox (2008-2012)
    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358

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    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee

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    Native Hawaiians Move Toward Sovereign Tribal Status

    Native Hawaiians Move Toward Sovereign Tribal Status
    `Akaka Bill' passed in House could be voted in Senate this month
    Mar 23, 2010

    Native Hawaiians could be under a Native American government this month, if a bill passes the Senate. Currently Native Alaskans and all 564 Native American tribes have this right. As the only remaining indigenous American group in the United States who have not been authorized to form their own government, this comes as a big move for the 400,000 Native Hawaiians across the country.

    The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (NHGRA), also known as the Akaka Bill, was passed in the House of Representatives on Feb. 23 and is awaiting a vote in the Senate. Versions of the bill have been in limbo for the past 10 years, yet with the backing of Hawaiian-born President Barack Obama, it stands a good chance this time around.

    The Kingdom of Hawaii fell in 1893 and Native Hawaiians have had difficulty integrating into Western society. Some of the older generations were told stories witnessed by their grandparents and great-grandparents when the monarchy was still in power.


    A description on the issue by OHA (Office of Hawaiian Affairs) says the bill is "based on the U.S. relationship with indigenous, native peoples, and is NOT race-based. Under federal law, America's indigenous native people are recognized as distinct groups defined not by reference to race or ethnicity, but by the fact that their ancestors exercised sovereignty over lands that subsequently became part of the United States. Thus, the federal government has a special political and legal relationship with such groups, including Native Hawaiians."


    full article at link above

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