Opinion | Federal Recognition

Letter: Groups in Tennessee lack connection to real tribes

"The subject this time is tribal recognition in Tennessee. The issue failed again this session, thankfully sent away to summer study.

The truth as you should know it is that these folks seeking recognition expect to be placed in line ahead of you for jobs, small business loans, grants and opportunities. They expect federal money – your tax dollars – for housing, health benefits, education aid and assistance.

At issue is the fact that these people claim to have existed as a tribe throughout history but there is mounting evidence to the contrary. No proof has been made public that any one member of this group has one drop of Native blood; we are expected to take them at their word."

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