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)
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  • Brent A. Cox (2008-2012)
    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358
    731-723-9994

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    Darn Near......not even close

    Starting at about page 8, and according to the document, it shows that the BIA Researchers and Genealogist found virtually no known evidence of Indian ancestry for the close to 4,000 enrolled members of the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians. It’s a fairly lengthy document, but that’s the basic conclusion.

    http://www.bia.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/text/idc-001636.pdf

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    In numerous cases, evaluation and Verification of the petition's genealogical claims to Indian Ancestry indicated that persons described as American Indian By the petitioner, and claimed on the petitioner's list of “Known Indian Ancestors" were clearly not of American Indian Ancestry.

    What’s also interesting is that of the 3,960 enrolled members of the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians, only 40 of them have documented Indian Ancestry. And strangely enough, those 40 were not even deemed to be descended from the group of Choctaw Indians that they claim to be descended from. I guess this would be explained by proposing that the Indian Ancestors because of discrimination didn’t have records. But that wouldn’t really explain why no single Indian ancestor could be found in any previous generation.
    But the findings go further than that on page 14, by stating that in many cases, "Indian ancestry is disproved". I’ve also found some articles in particular on this tribe saying that DNA test was done on over 300 of their members, and in virtually every case, no discernable American Indian ancestry was found. The findings did show evidence exclusively of African American and White ancestry.


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