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


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    I hate to tell you this...

    But, Indians DO NOT go to college for free. The truth is, there are EXTREMELY FEW scholarships out there for Indians. Those that are out there, require that one meet the federal standards to get them--meaning you have to have at least 1/4 Indian blood--verifiable. There is a lot of competition for them. You would do better to go for many of the smaller, more plentiful scholarships out there. Fraternities, sororities, charitable organizations ALL offer your kids a better shot at college money than the few Indian scholarships that are out there.

    Whether or not your group has this placebo of state recognition, no one can deny you your true heritage, it is what you are. How you were raised and with whom determines what you are, no outsider can change that. You may have the right (albeit termporary) to sell your wares as native made, but their level of quality has to be able to compete on the open marketplace. Savvy buyers know better, and those that buy trash, well, what can I say, if you sell it cheap enough, someone will buy it--just look under "Native American" on ebay.

    I wonder if Mumpower actually read any of the "volumes of information," and if so, is he even capable of connecting the dots. Because in order to prove native heritage, these groups would have to prove 190 years of existence as a tribal unit. Heck, most of these guys didn't even know each other ten years ago!

    Aside from that, Mumpower is an idiot.

    Re: I hate to tell you this...

    Nicely stated

    Re: its biggest, most important task

    "...volumes of information proving the heritage of Tennessee Native Americans and their tribes." I would like to ask that the transcripted references to these historical "volumes" be posted on this website, in order that we may all study them and determine for ourselves that these "tribes" really do exist. This is a very simple request.

    Re: its biggest, most important task

    Let's go back to 1838 and Red Clay Tennessee when the Cherokees marched off to Indian Territory. The next year, in Tennessee in 1839, what early histories of the state record an Indian settlement or tribe in Tennessee? What county histories? What federal, state or county documents? Are there testimonials from people living at that time? Where were the location of Indian settlements recorded? Who were their leaders and what did they do? How did they interact with the incoming white settlers? Where are the records proving a connection to, and descent from, an historic Tennessee tribe?

    Re: its biggest, most important task

    2010
    http://www.tntimes.net/

    It's All About the MONEY
    Special Guest Op-Ed
    by TN State Representative Jason Mumpower, 8 July 2010


    I want to commend the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs for recently accomplishing their primary task of recognizing legitimate Native American tribes. This decision on recognition is precisely why the commission was created. By recognizing these tribes we have given our fellow Tennesseans of Native American heritage the true depth of their birthright. For far too long, Native Americans throughout Tennessee have been denied basic human and civil rights afforded others simply because they had never gone through a formal recognition process. Tennessee Native Americans have been treated as second class citizens, denied the opportunity of commerce, and deprived of scholarship opportunities and other assistance afforded others who have received recognition.

    After more than two decades, the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs completed its task of recognizing Tennessee’s tribes. The statute that created the commission gave it the authority to act on recognition matters independently. After formally recognizing six Tennessee tribes in mid-June, the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation filed suit last week in Nashville Chancery Court to void the commission’s decision, therefore stripping Tennessee tribes of rightful recognition.

    I find it extraordinarily unfortunate and shameful that the Cherokee Nation, a group based in Oklahoma, is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to deny Tennesseans their heritage. Having been involved in the issue of Native American recognition in Tennessee for several years now, I have learned that the Cherokee Nation’s primary purpose is to prevent others from receiving what they have, therefore preventing anyone else from sharing in the fruits they already enjoy. Bottom line: for the Cherokee Nation, it’s all about the money.

    Adding insult to injury, a spokesman for Cherokee Nation told USA Today the Tennessee tribes were nothing more than “culture clubs.” Despite their protestations, the Cherokee Nation is not all interested in issues of heritage. They are simply interested in protecting the pot of federal money from which they draw. Why else would a group from Oklahoma hire Tennessee lobbyists and lawyers to work on their behalf to deny benefits to thousands of Tennesseans who rightfully deserve it?

    Over the past several years, I have been presented with volumes of information proving the heritage of Tennessee Native Americans and their tribes. It is time for us to finally stop denying these Tennesseans the full depth of their birthright. Tennessee Native Americans deserve not only formal recognition, but also the ability sell their wares, receive scholarships, social assistance, and partake in other aspects related to their legacy. After many years, the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs completed its biggest, most important task and did so in fine fashion. I certainly hope Tennesseans will not allow an out-of-state, self-interested group to take what rightfully belongs to our Native American neighbors.

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    Yes indeed, no truer words were ever spoken: It IS all about the MONEY!! At least it is for the culture clubs here in Tennessee!!

    Mumpower says, "After formally recognizing six Tennessee tribes in mid-June, the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation filed suit last week in Nashville Chancery Court to void the commission’s decision, therefore stripping Tennessee tribes of rightful recognition."

    "Rightful recognition"?!!! "Rightful"?!! Would it be as "rightful" for Germany, England, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, or even Mexico to create US citizens in THEIR countries? Why not, if Tennessee can create citizens of Cherokee people by ignoring the citizenship criteria of the Cherokee NATION?

    I find it extraordinarily unfortunate and shameful that the Cherokee Nation, a group based in Oklahoma, is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to deny Tennesseans their heritage. Having been involved in the issue of Native American recognition in Tennessee for several years now, I have learned that the Cherokee Nation’s primary purpose is to prevent others from receiving what they have, therefore preventing anyone else from sharing in the fruits they already enjoy. Bottom line: for the Cherokee Nation, it’s all about the money.

    Adding insult to injury, a spokesman for Cherokee Nation told USA Today the Tennessee tribes were nothing more than “culture clubs.” Despite their protestations, the Cherokee Nation is not all interested in issues of heritage. They are simply interested in protecting the pot of federal money from which they draw. Why else would a group from Oklahoma hire Tennessee lobbyists and lawyers to work on their behalf to deny benefits to thousands of Tennesseans who rightfully deserve it?


    The Cherokee Nation is NOT just any ol' "group"; it is a NATION, not some overnight culture club.

    The Cherokee Nation is protecting its CITIZENS from cultural theft and identity theft more than worrying about some imagined "pot of money". Last I knew, the Cherokee people don't have some little Leprechans with a magical pot of gold found at the end of every rainbow! ANY money that goes to the Cherokee Nation is based on legal obligations made by the US federal Government through numerous Treaties, court cases, and Congressional Acts; not through the whim and fancy that some seem to imagine.

    Mumpower and these kulture klubs are disgusting in the propaganda and lies they continue to try and spread.

    Re: its biggest, most important task - providing PROOF

    2010

    " .... deny benefits to thousands of Tennesseans who rightfully deserve it?

    Over the past several years, I have been presented with volumes of information proving the heritage of Tennessee Native Americans and their tribes. It is time for us to finally stop denying these Tennesseans the full depth of their birthright. Tennessee Native Americans deserve not only formal recognition, but also the ability sell their wares, receive scholarships, social assistance, and partake in other aspects related to their legacy. .... I certainly hope Tennesseans will not allow an out-of-state, self-interested group to take what rightfully belongs to our Native American neighbors.


    MUMPOWER, show us the PROOF of these groups' claims to legitimate tribal status since YOU claim to have seen it and know it to be true. The BIA DENIED the claims of the jewish group known as the Cherokees of Lawrence County because the BIA has access to federal records and has the knowledge to easily determine FACT from FANTASY.

    Just as ALL Nations' proof is available for all to see and know as truth, it should be NO LESS for the culture clubs here!

    Otherwise, the Cheroke NATION's actions are justified and legitimate. They are NOT some "outside special interest group", they are the RIGHTFUL GOVERNMENT of the Cherokee people; it IS the CHEROKEE NATION.

    Re: its biggest, most important task - providing PROOF

    The proof is "GIVE US THE MONEY" bunch of *******s yep that be the yewchis of fake azz krackers

    Re: its biggest, most important task

    Jason Mumpower, since I live, vote and pay taxes in your district, I have every right to respond to your statement.
    In fact, I will admit voting for you, a vote I have since regretted and wish there had been some way I could take it back.
    I remember well, standing in front of the Bristol Post Office shaking your hand and thanking you for opposing Nathan Vaughn's recognition bill. I also vaguely remember you telling me that these "people" had not proven to you that they were legitimate.
    So what changed?
    We do now know that the only reason you opposed vaughn's bill was because a democrat was sponsoring it and there was likely no other reason.
    We still ask as taxpayers and as voters to be allowed to see this so called "evidence" that "your tribe" is legitimate. History forgot to record it so we ask to be enlightened, after all, WE PAY YOUR SALARY or did you forget that??

    Would it also be appropriate to say that we hundreds of voters in your district that tried in vain to convince you to drop your support are also "out of state"? Because we stood up for TRUTH, are we shameful?
    I hate to tell you jason, Sullivan county is in Tennessee and a great deal of it is your district.

    For us, it is about TRUTH, not Money!!


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