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)
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    Milan, Tennessee 38358
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    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee


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    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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