Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee


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    Re: A question

    "iktomi & other names were bestowed. those names then used to mock."

    ozuyewakan or the holy warrior was a name bestowed upon him. Iktomi is a name he chose for himself.May be he chose it because it was befitting of him or because it had the name Tom spelled out with in itself.

    In the commission early stages a meeting was held at the Weslyan Center. Those folks were gracious enough to us use their meeting room and kitchen facilities. I believe John Anderson arrange that because he lived there when he was attending UTC. I agreed to cook for all those attending. The Weslyan Center is a Methodist Dorm for students attending UTC.

    Many of us got there early to start setting up tables and preparing food to be cooked. About 10 or 12 people were there to witness what going to unknowly take place. Tom came in anad sat down, opened his note book. going over his notes or what ever. He looked at the far wall. There in the middle of the room was a cross. As Tom does at times when he gets upset. He starts shivering like someone would out side in sub zero weather. He gets up and takes the cross off the wall and walks quickly with it over to the patio doors like its burning his hands and puts it in the corner. Then tries to cover it with the
    curtain. The look on the faces of those who watched this happened was one of awe and dis-belief. Mouths dropped open, and eyes wide,looking at each other and Tom. Tom just sat back down like nothing had happened. Is that the kind of respect those people deserved after lending the use of thier fascilities. And NO he didn't bother to put the cross back on the wall when the meeting ended. He just walked out the door.

    Needless to say there were many people who saw Tom in a new light and never attended another meeting that had anything to do with TNNAC or the Commission

    It was after that he tried to get a resolution adopted so no further meeting could be held in churchs or religious centers.

    This not the kind of person to let be involved in sacred sites.

    Re: A question

    I wasn't there and I don't read minds, but from what I read as you posted I would consider that an appropriate move.

    Why you ask?

    What did the christian religion, priests and church do to our people for hundreds of years? A native american meeting should not be subject to a white man's decision of what is appropriate spiritually. The symbols of christianity are an insult to many. Therefore, I applaud the actions of one who, by the way, has been proven to be ndn by those of his mother's tribe. Enrollment be ****ed in this case.

    Nuff said.

    Re: A question

    I wasn't there and I don't read minds, but from what I read as you posted I would consider that an appropriate move.

    Why you ask?

    What did the Christian religion, priests and church do to our people for hundreds of years? A native american meeting should not be subject to a white man's decision of what is appropriate spiritually. The symbols of Christianity are an insult to many. Therefore, I applaud the actions of one who, by the way, has been proven to be ndn by those of his mother's tribe. Enrollment be ****ed in this case.

    "A native american meeting should not be subject to a white man's decision of what is appropriate spiritually. "
    I agree with that statement. But it should also read" what is inappropriate spiritually"

    "The symbols of Christianity are an insult to many. "

    Those same symbols are sacred to others. It all depends who and the religion of that person. May be you have never noticed. But commission meeting were opened and closed with a prayer. And so were TNNAC meeting. I couldn't say if prayers at ACTIA meeting opened or closed the same way. I never attended one. But with out a doubt there is a lot of Christian folks who attended those meetings and commissioners who are believers of of Christ.

    Tom was never asked nor did he volunteer to open or close a meeting with a prayer .Most knew that he was know as a Christian athiest.So they saved him the embarrassment. In other words they did not attempt to impose their religious beliefs upon him. But taking a cross down off the wall was just just plain. wrong,disrespectful and inconsiderate of the people who were there and the people who were kind enough to give the use of the facilities.

    If Tom is one of those people who is offended by Christianity and symbols representing. Why this


    http://www.tngenweb.org/darkside/facing-east.html

    The reason for the east facing position is offered by tom kunesh:


    Note that in Christianity, the star (of the Jewish astronomers from Iraq [Babylon]) comes from the east. Then there is Matthew 24:27 (NKJ): “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be ...” thus for the Christian believer in the resurrection of the dead, placing the body facing east will allow the dead to see the Second Coming of Jesus.

    This is part of the research he does on graves and headstones. I would say that he spends a lot of time in church cemeteries And as you can see searching the bible to quote from the scriptures

    Re: A question

    looks like ur trying to find any excuse 2 try & discredit someone u don't like.

    it's not working very well


    why is it such an issue 2 u what he thinks, says, does, doesn't do, doesn't say, doesn't think about religions & religious things? focus instead on what u were taught & worry about if ur doing what U should be doing.

    Re: A question

    "looks like ur trying to find any excuse 2 try & discredit someone u don't like. "

    One could look at it that way. But then again its his own actions and behavior that puts his credibility in question.

    Re: A question

    Two Dogs
    "looks like ur trying to find any excuse 2 try & discredit someone u don't like. "

    One could look at it that way. But then again its his own actions and behavior that puts his credibility in question.


    2 some, not all

    Re: A question

    "Best interests of the state" means what the state's majority White
    Republican population wants. Right now that means Indian tribal
    status for their White groups of local voters. The proof of that
    "best interest" is Republican Lt. Governor/Senator Ron Ramsey and
    Republican House Majority Leader Representative Jason Mumpower
    promoting recognition of their fellow Republicans' Indian culture
    clubs as tribes.

    There are enough federal laws requiring state interaction with
    federally-recognized tribes when NAGPRA gets applied to old
    underground cultural sites that are discovered by TDOT or TVA or private
    contractor digging that the state would just as soon never have any
    interaction with tribes if it can avoid it.

    Essentially it's in the best interests of the non-indian State of
    Tennessee to ignore independent federally-recognized historical tribes
    of the southeast U.S., and instead create a few White tribes of its
    own that owe their political existence and future to the majority
    White state legislature. Fake tribes dependent on the State for their
    Indian status are much more easily manipulated than independent nations.

    Tribal recognition is politics. Whoever owns the politics owns the
    tribal recognition. The State of Tennessee doesn't want a relationship
    with more people telling them what's needed, especially federally-
    recognized tribes butting in who don't owe them squat. And the tribes
    shouldn't be waiting around for an invitation that's never going to
    come. This is their ancestral land. They want to play politics here,
    they're going to have to come back and start organizing here, on their
    own. The CNO's finally getting the picture. We who live here pay to
    play here. It's time the Muscogee-Creek, Chickasaw and Choctaw
    realize that too.

    Re: A mistaken answer

    Two Dogs wrote:
    > "If I am not mistaken there were never more than two
    > federally recognized Indians on the commission at one time.


    you are mistaken.
    the TCIA began with 4 - the majority of the Commission:

    • Teri Rhoades Ellenwood, Cherokee (Knoxville 2003-2005)
    • John Anderson, Iroquois (Chattanooga 2003-2005)
    • Jimmy Reedy, Muscogee (Middle TN 2003-2007)
    • Evangeline Lynch, Choctaw (West TN 2003-2008 )

    Re: A mistaken answer

    Here are the enrollment status(s) of the folks I know of...

    CTNEAL then CNO- Teri Rhoades Ellenwood*, Knoxville 2003-2005

    Iroquois John Anderson*, Chattanooga 2003-2005

    Chickasaw Mike Mangrum, Nashville 2003-2005

    Navajo Niles Aseret*, Nashville 2005-2007

    Muscogee Jimmy Reedy*, Middle TN 2003-2007

    Choctaw Evangeline Lynch*, West TN 2003-2008

    EBCI Jeanie Walkingstick*, Knoxville 2005-2010

    CTNEAL David Teat, Nashville 2007-2008

    Re: A mistaken answer

    Ruth Knight Allen is or was TN state recognized

    Re: A mistaken answer

    OOps... I didn't mean to leave her off.

    Re: A mistaken answer on MM

    Old Tassel
    Here are the enrollment status(s) of the folks I know of...
    CTNEAL then CNO- Teri Rhoades Ellenwood*, Knoxville 2003-2005
    Iroquois John Anderson*, Chattanooga 2003-2005
    Chickasaw Mike Mangrum, Nashville 2003-2005
    Navajo Niles Aseret*, Nashville 2005-2007
    Muscogee Jimmy Reedy*, Middle TN 2003-2007
    Choctaw Evangeline Lynch*, West TN 2003-2008
    EBCI Jeanie Walkingstick*, Knoxville 2005-2010
    CTNEAL David Teat, Nashville 2007-2008
    - when did Mike Mangrum become enrolled & with what tribe?
    2003 TNNAC nomination to the State:
    "Not a member of a federally- or state-recognized tribe."

    Re: A mistaken answer - corrected

    Mike Mangrum claimed Chickasaw descent, but was not enrolled in any recognized tribe; nor did he claim to be.

    Re: A question

    All the words and all of the bullshyt where these so called injuns want to be ***** to get MONEY end of dang story


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