Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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  • Michael Lynch, West Tennessee (2008-12)
         member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
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         descendant, Cherokee
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         unknown tribal affiliation
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    Milan, Tennessee 38358

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    Re: Recognition at last minute is suspect

    Last minute? Twenty plus yrs of a commission which was mandated to do exactly what was done Sat. 6/19/2010? Remember Ecohawk has stated Cherokee in OK are no more Indian than other Cherokees. We are all descendants!!
    I personally don't know any ORIGINAL Cherokees..they'd have to be well over 200 yrs old!! R U all 200 yrs old? I think not! Cherokee Nation Tennessee!!!!

    "Mandate" ... but not the ONLY 'mandate'; just THE main focus of those who think they're gonna make a quick buck and legitimize themselves through bogus 'recognition'.

    Descendants who don't meet their Nation's enrollment/membership criteria still remain descendants. Lack of enrollment/membership won't change that ... and neither will fraudulent 'recognition' make them any more 'real'.

    If it takes YEARS for the BIA to look through documentation to determine the legitimacy of those petitioning for FEDERAL recognition <--- meaning determining a HISTORICAL and OFFICIAL RELATIONSHIP with the US government, how is it that a tiny group of UNofficial, UNtrained, OVERLYbiased folks can somehow spend MAYBE 30 minutes pretending to "look over" some papers and suddenly declare 6 groups to be "authentic" enough to receive State recognition?!!

    Rather like Alabama did when they started their state-recognition thing ... wave a magic wand to 'recognize' the groups and later, change the criteria to be strict BUT, "grandfather" in all those who COULD NOT meet the current, stricter criteria. Only difference is, TN has criteria (worked on it for YEARS) but the commission DID NOT USE IT. They could not have used it because IF THEY HAD, they could not and would not have 'recognized' the 6 groups.

    Ummm ... and while Echohawk may have a point, it applies to ALL Nations, not just the Cherokee. AND, it STILL does NOT diminish the fact that the Nations - Cherokee included - STILL have a HISTORICAL and LONG-STANDING relationship to and with the United States government to authenticate who and what they are (the Indigenous Nations of the north american continent) and continue be.

    Echohawk can blow his opinion out somewhere 'cause BLOOD alone does NOT determine citizenship - OBVIOUSLY - 'cause the CNO DOES NOT HAVE A BLOOD QUANTUM requirement to determine its citizens AND the CNO tribal government is who determines citizenship requirements, NOT Echohawk and NOT the United States government!!!!!!!

    Original Cherokees

    Actually, "original" Cherokees would date from the time the Aniyunwiya began to identify as Cherokee. I think that's probably a little farther back than 200 years if you want to argue a silly point which means nothing. While the Cherokee alive today are not the ones on the rolls, except maybe in a few cases, they are still Cherokee. They are decendants of the original enrollees. Whatever Echohawk's point was, I don't think he was saying the Cherokee are not Cherokee anymore than he would say he is not of his tribe. People often make fun of the fact that Cherokee Nation only requires decendancy and have issued cards for people with Indian blood degrees in the thousanths (sp?). Anyway, I have heard people refer to Echohawk as a thinblood, maybe he was trying to deflect--who knows? Is it really germaine to whether or not you clubbers merit any sort of recognition?

    It's a foregone conclusion that this "recognition" will not stand any legal tests and, therefore, will not stand.

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