Tennessee Native Tribes Recognized
Representatives of the historical Yuchi Tribe and Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, which were forced out and 'removed' from Tennessee in the early 19th century, will make a statement on the status of House Bill 1692 and then talk with the media on the steps of the State Capitol in Nashville on Tuesday, 19 May 2009, at 10:30am, regarding the recent legislative movement to recognize Native American culture clubs in Tennessee as official state tribes. The public is invited to hear their reaction to the decision of the House Calendar and Rules Committee to pass or stop HB1692.
This will be the first major homecoming of Yuchi and Muscogee to the Nashville area in over 400 years, and sadly to critique the General Assembly's recent movement (House Calendar and Rules meets Tuesday, 19 May 2009, 8:00am) to legitimize tribal identity theft and fraud under the guise of serving constituents.
Present will be:
• Dr Richard Grounds (Ph.D.), Yuchi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Director for the Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project based in Sapulpa, Oklahoma; co-chair of the Program Council for Cultural Survival; co-author of Native Voices : American Indian Identity and Resistance.
• Joyce Bear, Director of the Cultural Preservation Office of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation based in Okmulgee, Oklahoma; and Tribal Historic Preservation Liaison for the tribe in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.
• Melba Checote Eads (L.P.N.), of Woodbury, Tennessee, co-founder of the Muscogee "Creek" Nation Citizens of the Southeast and Tennessee, and Middle Tennessee representative on the Advisory Council on Tennessee Indian Affairs.