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

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    It is sad watching self-destruction

    Last weekend, we were host southern drum at a powwow in Florida. The host northern drum was headed by a friend and is well-known and respected from the Dakotas. While we have known for a long time about the struggles with alcoholism among various members of that drum, we saw just how bad one person can be and how they can destroy what others have worked so hard for. The main culprit was a cousin of the head singer-- a man who must have thought it was all right to do what he wanted away from home and in a place where he thought he could get away with it. He was drunk all weekend, the group drank on the airplane from the Dakotas and didn't stop all weekend. The leader tried for moderation, but some weren't listening. They were loud, boisterous and rude all weekend. (Two doors down from our hotel room--aargh) They didn't show up for their turn at flag-raising, and instead only appeared just in time for grand entries. On Saturday, the one man was so very obnoxious, the sound man threatened to pull his mics because they were abusing the equipment. Finally, they were dismissed from the powwow because the obnoxious man was drinking alcohol at the drum. Later at the hotel, he was still drunk, still abusive and loud, hitting and kicking walls and doors. I think his roommates locked him out and he spent the night on the steps of the hotel, where he was observed passed out. The sad thing is, he ruined the weekend for his drum mates--though several of them were almost as bad as he. But he cost them their contract, which I am sure was not a small amount. We were betting that the news of their behavior made it home before they did. But also, I don't think this powwow will risk paying for another big name drum which they also have to fly from the northern plains to Florida. One man's behavior will probably affect many people for some time to come--very sad.

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