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
    731-723-9994

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    2012 Tennessee Eagle Award recipients

    2012 Tennessee Eagle Award Winners
    Jim Apple-for his intrepretive work as an 18th & 19th century Cherokee man at Manskers Station and all over the state.

    Emerson Begay-for cultural preservation, teaching and music.

    Lowery Begay-for cultural preservation and arts all over the world.

    Brandon R. Burden-for his service to America in the Air Force and Homeland Security.

    Deborah Dodson-for her educational work at schools, artistry work at Trail of Tears Center in Pulaski and helping to track Bell's and Benge's Routes.


    Ray Henson-For volunteer work at VA Hospital, Deputy state director for Military Funerals and doing a program for Native American Heritage Month at Hendersonville High School.

    J. J. Kent-for leadership in teaching at schools, colleges and events all over.

    David Lundy-for his powerful singing style with pow-wow drums, making him a role model for other young adults.

    Mary T. Newman-for 11 years blending cultures at "Native Moccasins Rock".

    Charles Robinson-for helping fight recognition misappropriation and his cultural presentations all over the country, and donations to reservations.

    Cindy Yahola-for her dedication to educate others and promotion of Native American awareness.

    James YellowEagle-for volunteering to go to schools and pow-wows as a respected leader.

    Post-humous Award to Theresa C. Cox (MeMe)-for teaching indian culture to family and friends.

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