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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)
    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358
    731-723-9994

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    What is a real Indian Nation? What is a fake tribe?

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    What is a real Indian Nation? What is a fake tribe?
    Fraudulent groups passing themselves off as tribes have become big business during the past two decades, with more than 200 that claim to be some sort of Cherokee tribe. However, there are only three federally-recognized Cherokee tribes: two in Oklahoma and one in North Carolina. Many of the would-be Cherokee "tribes" are cultural societies or history clubs, whose members may or may not belong to any of the federally-recognized tribes. Still others are harmful, and some are even created for criminal purposes.

    False tribes distort genuine Indian history to explain their very existence, and typically members know little about the true culture they claim to represent.



    A battle for what it means to be an Indian tribe and a struggle for benefits provided to Indians is currently being waged by groups seeking to take away the identity and benefits that have been reserved to federally recognized Indian tribes. Hundreds of false Indian groups are claiming to be sovereign tribes and are teaching their own fabricated culture and history as if it were Indian. They apply for and receive aid from the same sources that fund the historic treaty based obligations intended for Indians. Yet they do not measure up to the credentials required of true tribes.

    Re: What is a real Indian Nation? What is a fake tribe?

    Those fake groups got what they deserved through the AG and courts, but not by anything you did. Hell, no. You helped put those six fools ON that board just because they opposed your #1 Two-Dogs Enemy, Tom Kunesh. You're such a bloody **** hypocrit, you don't even own up to your own part in all this mess. I keep waiting to see your apology for backing Kunesh's opponents right into the position of awarding that illegal recognition to those six charities.

    Won't forget what you did you old fool. Not ever. Having that enrollment number of yours might make you a bona fide NDN by your standards, but it don't make you smart or righteous or a good NDN.

    You get what you give Two Dogs. You're gonna pay hell for that crap you've been slinging all these years. Creator'll see to it.


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