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
    731-723-9994

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    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee


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    Re: but HB 2453 is alive & extends Commission 3 more years

    The fat lady has not sung yet!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Re: but HB 2453 is alive & extends Commission 3 more years

    annie
    The fat lady has not sung yet!!!!!!!!!!!!


    oh yah she has
    anyone got an awl to help them hear the fat lady's singing?



    Citizenship defined
    http://tahlequahdailypress.com/letters/x519344185/Citizenship-defined?keyword=secondarystory

    Citizenship defined

    Editor, Daily Press:

    Recent letters to the editor have characterized Cherokee Nation’s Truth in Advertising for Native Art Act and other tribal activities as personal attacks on individuals. Tribal identity and citizenship are determined by the tribal government and citizenship. Outsiders do not determine what is or is not Indian for a tribe. Citizenship is determined by criteria established by the Cherokee Nation government. The Cherokee Nation has defined its citizenship using laws extending back to 1839 in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). Intruders do not determine citizenship.

    Cherokee history is well-documented. It is clear the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah; the United Keetoowah Band, Tahlequah; and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, N.C., are the only existing Cherokee tribal governmental entities in the U.S. Each of these tribal governments has its own citizenship criteria. To be a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, one must have at least one direct ancestor listed on the Dawes Commission rolls. The Dawes Roll was validated by the 1880 Cherokee Census.

    There is no historical basis for any “lost” group of Cherokees in any state. For example, Cherokees have no historical relationship with Kentucky. And Kentucky does not recognize “tribes” or any group of Indians. There is no such thing as a “Kentucky Cherokee.” Though there may be people with Cherokee ancestry in Kentucky, family histories of Cherokee ancestry do not entitle anyone the right to claim to be citizens of the Cherokee Nation or call themselves Cherokee artists, under laws of the Cherokee Nation.

    The Truth in Advertising for Native Art Act was necessary to protect artists who are Cherokee citizens from the proliferation of fraudulent Cherokee groups and individuals proclaiming themselves Cherokee to profit off the growing “Indian art” market. To learn more about the U.S. constitutional and tribal sovereignty issues surrounding fraudulent tribal groups, visit Cherokee Taskforce.

    The key difference between the Cherokee and Federal Indian Art Acts is that artists must be federally-recognized tribal citizens or members to market their work as Indian art under Cherokee Nation law; the tribal act includes the written arts such as books and performing arts, such as storytelling and music.

    To provide and maintain value to our Cherokee artists and those who support Indian art, a line must be drawn to define Indian. Tribal citizenship is a reasonable definition. The oath of office for the Cherokee national council states: “I will do everything within my power to promote the culture, heritage and traditions of the Cherokee Nation.”

    The appropriation of Cherokee culture by people who have no citizenship amounts to identity theft. This is why the Cherokee Nation passed a law to prevent people who have no citizenship rights from claiming to be Cherokee artists. No individual or group has the right to appropriate Cherokee name(s), heritage, language, government, clothing, tribal seal, art, story, ceremonies or other things Cherokee.

    Identifying these fraudulent tribes and individuals is more than just defining Indian art. Once I learned the extent of the problem, I stopped buying from folks who earn a living, off the backs of Indian people, by yelling the loudest. These same fraudulent so-called “Indians” are taking our children’s scholarships and working their way into federal programs such as Indian Health Service and Indian housing by claiming to be members of any of the more than 200 fake groups calling themselves Cherokee. The Cherokee Nation is defending its sovereignty and the culture that provides the basis for our unique sovereign status as a nation, indigenous to the U.S.

    You will note, the same individuals scream the loudest, threaten us and call us “identity” or “blood police.”


    Cara Cowan Watts, District 7
    Cherokee Nation Tribal Council


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    Re: HB 1078 is dead

    Apparently Mr. Greene was convinced MS Lynn was going to play ball against TN Historical Indins. If she had her way, all would have been dead. She and Turner, Odom and Bell didn't count on losing!! Did not anticipate the STRONG opposition from TN Indians and THEIR RESPRESENTATIVES. CNO must not have been able to "contribute" enough money through out the legislature or some lawmakers are "buying" into CNO propaganda! See ya soon!


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