Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
This message board is provided as a public service for the specific purpose of sharing and discussing any and all issues that directly or indirectly pertain to Native American Indians living in Tennessee.
This board does not represent or speak for any organization.


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
    731-723-9994

  •   Official Disclaimer and Notice
    Board Owner reserves the right to edit or delete any post deemed inappropriate.   |   Material appearing here is distributed without profit or monetary gain to those who have expressed an interest in receiving the material for research and educational purposes, in accordance with Title 17 USC §107.  |  Board Owner assumes no responsibility for the content of posts or for any actions resulting from posts made by anyone who chooses to use this public message board. The opinions expressed on this message board do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the message board owner or any visitors.  |  All posts and wording therein belong to the Original Author. Get permission from the Original Author before "lifting" their post for use elsewhere. It's the respectful (ie, native) way.  |  The original board was begun 8 October 2002. This board was created 28 October 2008.
    TN Commission of Indian Affairs
    Website of the (defunct) TCIA * History of the 1st & 2nd TNCIA

    Greene (CNO) v. TCIA   filed 30 June 2010
    Commission terminated     30 June 2010


    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee


    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
    Start a New Topic 
    Author
    Comment
    View Entire Thread
    Re: Yaqui man offers 'ugly' prayer during Arizona memorial

    "ugly" because so-called Christians can't see that "God" is their Creator. "What a bunch a maroons!" quoting Bugs Bunny here.

    Oh, now he's "apologized"

    Law firm apologizes for 'inappropriate' post on Yaqui man's prayer
    Friday, January 14, 2011
    Filed Under: Law | National

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld issued a formal apology for a blog posting made by a partner who described a Yaqui man's prayer at the Arizona shooting memorial as "ugly."

    After the memorial on Wednesday, Paul Meringoff wrote a post on Powerline, a conservative blog that he runs, titled "An evening in Tucson -- the good, the bad, and the ugly.'" In the post, he ridiculed the prayer by Carlos Gonzales, a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona.

    "It was apparently was some sort of Yaqui Indian tribal thing, with lots of references to 'the creator' but no mention of God. Several of the victims were, as I understand it, quite religious in that quaint Christian kind of way (none, to my knowledge, was a Yaqui). They (and their families) likely would have appreciated a prayer more closely aligned with their religious beliefs," Meringoff wrote.

    Meringoff was also bothered by Gonzales' mention of his tribe's and his family's history. The Yaqui fled persecution in Mexico in the late 1800s and relocated to Arizona, where they gained federal recognition in 1939.

    "In any event, the invocation could have used more God, less Mexico, and less Carlos Gonzales," Meringoff concluded in the post, which has seen been deleted from the Powerline site and has been replaced by an apology.

    "I sincerely apologize to my readers, to the Yaqui tribe, to all tribal leaders and Indian people, and, specifically, to Carlos Gonzales who delivered the prayer," Meringoff wrote yesterday afternoon. "I regret my poor choice of words, and I have removed the post."

    Powerilne is a personal blog but Meringoff's employer and colleagues weren't pleased with the situation. James Meggesto, a member of the Onondaga Nation who runs the firm's Indian law and policy practice, said he was "shocked, appalled and embarrassed" by the comments.

    "As soon as I and the firm became aware of this posting, the firm took immediate action to deal firmly with this unfortunate situation," Meggesto said.

    "We sincerely apologize for the blog entry posted by Akin Gump partner Paul Mirengoff on his personal blog, powerlineblog.com. Akin Gump is neither affiliated with, nor a supporter of, the blog," Bruce McLean, the chairman of the firm, said in response. "We found his remarks to be insensitive and wholly inconsistent with Akin Gump’s values. Mr. Mirengoff regrets his poor choice of words and agreed to remove his post.”

    The firm's response was sent to Indianz.Com yesterday evening by Meggesto. However, a notice of the apology could not be found on Akin Gump's main web site as of Friday morning and there isn't a way to get to the response page without knowing the URL.

    Akin Gump is one of Washington, D.C.'s largest law and lobbying firms. Its 2010 clients included the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona and the Seneca Nation of New York.

    Indianz.com News page

    Re: Oh, now he's "apologized"

    http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/01/law-firm-apologizes-for-insulting-yaqui.html

    on down the article:
    --------------------------------------


    "I feel their 'apology' is BS, meant to calm the waters, when all they really did was push the current down. They need to get rid of this man," MacDonald said.

    MacDonald questions Mirengoff's lack of understanding.

    "Would this man have said the same if a Jewish rabbi didn't refer to Jesus, as it would be more 'closely aligned with their religious beliefs'? An incredibly blind man."

    Mirengoff, an attorney with an international law firm that includes Arizona Indian Nations, should be well-informed about the Pascua Yaqui Indian Nation on the southern rim of Tucson, and the Rio Yaqui villages in the state of Sonora, Mexico. If Mirengoff had even a little knowledge of current events in southern Arizona, he would have known that Yaqui maintain family ties with their relatives in Sonora and Yaqui ceremonial leaders routinely come to the Tucson area to lead ceremonies.

    Common sense should have at least beckoned and prevented him, and other columnists, from insulting a prayer, especially in a time of so much hurt and healing.

    Finally, in a column on why this Yaqui prayer does matter, Hopi Patty Talahongva shares her thoughts:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/youth-radio-youth-media-international/why-the-pascua-yaqui-pray_b_808279.html

    The Akin apology and more at Indianz: http://www.indianz.com
    Media Matters: Conservatives attack Native American prayer at Arizona Memorial:
    http://mediamatters.org/research/201101130011

    More from John Kane at Native Pride:
    http://letstalknativepride.blogspot.com
    Posted by brendanorrell@gmail.com at 2:28 PM

    Re: Oh, now he's "apologized"

    Yeah, I felt it was BS as well, that's why the quote marks. A law firm specializing in native clients does not need this clown on their roster.


    TN & American Indian Related Links
  • Tennessee Legislature
  • Tennessee Executive Branch
  • Federal Government Links
  • Tennessee.gov
  • TN Attorney General
  • TnCIA official website

  • Native American Indian Association of Tennessee (NAIA)
    Advisory Council on Tennessee Indian Affairs (ACTIA)
    Alliance for Native American Indian Rights (ANAIR)
    Tennessee Native American Convention (TNNAC)
    Tennessee Trail of Tears Association (TnTOTA)
    Tn Commission of Indian Affairs (Unofficial)
    Chattanooga InterTribal Association (CITA)
    InterTribal Sacred Land Trust (ITSLT)
    The Forum
    Tanasi Journal
    Native Nashville
    TN Indian Affairs Blog
    Chikamaka History Timeline
    Mundo Hispano/Hispanic World
    Tennessee Ancient Sites Conservancy
    Indian Burial & Sacred Grounds Watch



    National Native News Links
    Indianz.com
    Indian Country News
    NativeBiz
    NARF
    Indian Country
    Wotanging Ikche/
    Native American News
    NAGPRA
    Pechanga.net
    Aboriginal/First Nations/Native
    News in Canada
    Mohawk Nation News - Daily News from the Mohawk Nation Native News
    Native American Times,
    the nation's largest
    independent Indian
    news source
    On The Wings
    of Eagles

    NativeNews Online
    Native news,
    Views and Legends

    Health Needs / Job Seeker Links
    Partnership for
    Prescription Assistance
    CMATS - TN Dept of Labor
    & Workforce Development
    Manpower Inc.
    Locate Your KELLY Office

    One Feather Books Poison's Icons Badge

    345058 Visitors to Original Board

    Each individual post and its content are the sole responsibility of its Author.