Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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American Indians in Tennessee government volunteer service
TN Archaeological Advisory Council
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
  •   TN Historical Commission
    mandated inclusion of person/s
    of Native American ancestry

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

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    Greene (CNO) v. TCIA   filed 30 June 2010
    Commission terminated     30 June 2010

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    Important FEMA info for storm victims

    From US Representative Jim Cooper's office:

    This information was sent out to TN 5th District members regarding FEMA and the process of getting assistance.

    Step 1 Your Homeowners Insurance may cover some or all of the damage done by the storm. Contact them first.

    Step 2 If you have Flood Insurance, it may cover the costs of repairing your home and replacing destroyed belongings. However, it may not cover the cost of staying elsewhere during the flooding or while repairs are made.

    Step 3 If you are forced to evacuate your home, staying in a hotel or even with a relative, FEMA Housing Assistance is available to cover some of these costs. You will have to register for assistance with FEMA at or 800-621-FEMA (3362).

    Step 4 You may be eligible, through the Small Business Administration (SBA), for a federally subsidized SBA loan. These low-interest rate loans may be up to $200,000 to repair or rebuild your home and $40,000 to replace lost possessions even if you don’t own a small business. You may apply for an SBA loan at or 800-659-2955. The SBA will then arrange to come to your home and inspect the damages.

    Step 5 If you cannot obtain an SBA loan, you may apply for other FEMA Assistance on or 800-621-FEMA (3362). This assistance will only cover costs to bring your home up to a minimally habitable standard. FEMA will (separate from SBA) come to your home to inspect the damages. FEMA assistance is capped at $29,900, including any FEMA Housing Assistance you may have received in Step 3.


    Lana Skelo, Staff Attorney

    Brenda Wynn, Director of Community Outreach

    Nashville Office Number: 615-736-5295

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