Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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American Indians in Tennessee government volunteer service
TN Archaeological Advisory Council
mandated 3 Native American representatives
  • 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
  •   TN Historical Commission
    mandated inclusion of person/s
    of Native American ancestry

  • Brent A. Cox (2008-2012)
    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358

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    Northern Plains Night Before Christmas--it's good

    T’was the night before Christmas and all thru the teepee

    Not an eyelid was shut because nobody was sleepy.

    The Wal-Mart bags were hung by the fire so neat,

    Hoping Chief Nick would fill them up with smoked meat.

    The children were nestled all snug in their beds

    While visions of fry bread men danced in their heads.

    With ya-yah in her kerchief and my hair braided tight

    We turned up the scanner to entertain us tonight.

    Then all of a sudden a crash we did hear,

    The rez dogs started barking but that’s the norm around here.

    The moon on the breast of the new falling snow

    Gave the luster of midday to my rez car below.

    When what do my ndn eyes should appear

    But an ndn sleigh with eight tiny reindeer!

    With a little rez driver so stoic but quick

    I knew in a moment it must be Chief Nick.

    More rapid then Rez Ballers the reindeer they came

    And he pointed with his lips then called them by name.

    On Fancy Dancer, on Smoked Meat, on Thomas and Victor,

    On Back Strap, on Philbert, on Black Cloud and Trixster.

    Ssshhh! Land beside the teepee, quiet for good reason

    We have to be careful it’s deer hunting season.

    The stickers on his sleigh read "I love baloney"

    Another one said "My other ride is a pony."

    The one in the middle said "NDN Power"

    There was duct tape and bailing wire holding it together.

    When the teepee flap opened I just hung my head,

    For I just finished off his stew and fry bread.

    He was dressed in full regalia from his head to his moccs,

    His outfit fully beaded right down to his socks!

    His huckleberry eyes twinkled, his braids were like WOW!

    You have to see it for yourself, he was just … somehow!

    The stump of his peace pipe held tight in his teeth

    And the smoke signals encircled his head like a wreath.

    His face was kind of greasy and he was ndn size,

    He had a commod bod only a skin could recognize.

    He spoke not a word just flashed his Tribal ID.

    He left a block of cheese and new tape recorder under the tree.

    He left hand drums and blankets and round dance CDs,

    Huckleberry pies and the new N Cree!

    Then he pointed with his lips, gave a big hearty AYYE!

    And he danced out the door and jumped in his sleigh.

    I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight

    Merry Christmas to all! Let’s round dance tonight!

    HO! HO! HO!

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