domingo, 11 de marzo de 2007

an alternative TN NAI license plate proposal

dummy NA license plate dummy plate
for demonstration purposes only
not a suggested design

ceremonial blade from Duck River cache,
outline of Pinson mound,
antique spelling of TN

eagle design
proposed as NA
design in 1997
already taken:
eagle license plate design

Creating a Tennessee state Native American license plate
revising SB1307/HB0570: Special License Plates - Authorizes issuance of Native American cultural license plates.
Recommended changes to current proposed legislation:
1. Change definition to a "specialty earmarked plate" (TCA 55-4-202.c.6). was "cultural" - by definition all proceeds
are allocated to non-indian state agencies.
2. Allocate all net proceeds to the Commission of Indian Affairs. was 80% Arts Commission, 20% Highway Fund per TCA 55-4-216 "cultural".
3. Set effective date at 1 January 2008. was 1 July 2007;
provides 6 more months for planning/selling.
4. Set minimum number of plates at 500. was 1,000 (failed to sell 500 in 1997).

AMEND Senate Bill 1307 / HOUSE BILL 570 to read accordingly:

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 55, Chapter 4, to authorize the issuance of specialty earmarked Native American license plates.


SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 55-4-202(c)(6), is amended by adding the following as a new, appropriately designated subdivision: (_) Native American;
SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 55, Chapter 4, Part 2, is amended by adding the following as a new section thereto: Section 55-4-2__.

  1. An owner or lessee of a motor vehicle who is a resident of this state, upon complying with state motor vehicle laws relating to registration and licensing of motor vehicles and paying the regular fee applicable to the motor vehicle and the fee provided for in § 55-4-203, shall be issued a Native American specialty earmarked license plate for a motor vehicle authorized by §55-4-210(c), with all net proceeds from the sale of such plates allocated to the commission of Indian affairs.

  2. The specialty earmarked plates provided for in this section shall be designed in consultation with the commission of Indian affairs.

  3. The initial minimum order shall be five hundred (500) license plates.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect January 1, 2008, the public welfare requiring it.

March 2007

SUMMARY OF REVISED BILL: Creates a Native American specialty earmarked license plate.

Increase State Revenues - $4,380 General Fund
$13,120 Dedicated Funds
Increase State Expenditures - $4,380 One-Time

REVISED Assumptions:

  • Revenues (500 plates @ $35.00 each)
  • Expenditures (Production cost ­ 500 plates @ $3.76 each = $1,880 one-time; computer system changes = $2,500 one-time; total $4,380)
  • Five hundred new plates will be purchased by individuals that currently do not have a specialty license plate.
  • Net proceeds from the sale of such plates will be allocated as follows: 100% to the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs ($13,120).

$30.75 of the $35.00 additional fee is appropriated to the Commission of Indian Affairs. $30.75 x 500 = 15,375


an alternative agenda proposal for this coming saturday ...

    Committee Reports
    (- what good are committees if they don't meet or report? let's use them.)
  1. Agenda - need rules to control agenda-development process
  2. Rules & Procedures
    1. Bylaws
    2. Standing Rules
      1. agenda development issues - how do items get on the agenda? - who controls agenda development?
        1. standardized blank format
        2. procedure for submitting agenda item proposals
        3. procedure for submitting resolutions
      2. discussion rules - rules for in-meeting discussion with second-party proposals
      3. minutes' DRAFT circulated electronically (email/internet) to the public as well as to the Commissioners in advance of the Commission meeting.
  3. Education
    1. Basic (3 half-hour units, grades 5-12) school curriculum on Mississippian culture and the Three Sisters; approval of grant-writing.
    2. TN NAI music CD of TN indian musicians for school distribution; approval of grant-writing.
    3. TN NAI tourism map; approval of grant-writing.
  4. Health Care
    1. Research Initiative/Health & Education Community Assessment
    2. Promoting diabetes screening and blood-donation in coordination with local healthcare institutions at all in-state pow-wows.
  5. Funding - revised license plate proposal
    - Commission as unfunded mandate
  6. Website - needs update, better integration, more references
  7. Repatriation - Development of TN repatriation iniative of 11,150 "culturally-unaffiliated" NA remains using the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs' model, support for working with the TN Archaeological Advisory Council and Division of Archaeology.
  8. Housing - ?
  9. Indian Memorial Project - TN AmInd Day? m, 24 sep 2007 TN AmInd Month? october 2007?
  10. Legislative Committee - appointment for 2008 session
    Old Business
  1. Tribal recognition criteria
    1. Hearing comments & responses
    2. Proposed tribal recognition rules: action
    3. Tribal recognition application: action
  2. Mascot discontinuation: status
  3. Recognition of the Historic Tribes of Tennessee: status
  4. NA representation into the state parks' planning: action
    New Business
  1. Review and comment on proposed or pending state legislation (TCA 4-34-103.9)
    1. SJR0002 Urges the TNCIA and the BIA to recognize the Cherokee Wolf Clan as Native American Indians.
    2. SB0162 Prohibits state agencies from prohibiting use of American Indian symbols, names, and mascots.
    3. SB1307 Authorizes issuance of Native American cultural license plates.
      revised license plate proposal
    4. SB1371 Exempts bona fide Indian organizations from payment of $50 charitable solicitations registration fee.
    5. SB1681 Authorizes TDEC to issue recognition to certain Indian tribes; grants recognition to Cherokee Wolf Clan.
    6. SB2121 extends TNCIA to 2011.
  2. Letter of commendation to Tommy Veal.
  3. Next quarterly meeting date - proposed: saturday, 16 june, Chattanooga

viernes, 9 de marzo de 2007

Chattanooga Commissioner Meet&Greet

- interested in talking about Tennessee Native American Indian politics,
locally or statewide, the current TNNAC elections for Grand Division
commissioners, or the current proposals before the Commission of
Indian Affairs, including the upcoming vote on tribal recognition criteria?

if so, you're invited to an hour-long Meet&Greet with Chattanooga
Commissioner of Indian Affairs tom kunesh at 6pm at Audubon Acres
next friday evening.

with Chattanooga Commissioner of Indian Affairs tom kunesh
6-7pm next friday evening, 16 march 2007
Audubon Acres, 600 Sanctuary Road Chattanooga TN

followed by
Native American Fireside Chat, Friday, 7:00 pm
info: Cleata Townsend at Audubon Acres
Chattanooga Audubon Society
a Trail of Tears National Historic Trail site
900 North Sanctuary Road
Chattanooga TN 37421
423. 892.1499

next TN Commission of Indian Affairs meeting
March 17, 10am - 4pm - Nashville
tentative Agenda


If there is a vegetative soul, an animating power that all things
share, there must be great rejoicing out there on windy days, ecstasy,
for trees move so slowly on calm days. At least it seems that way to us.
On days of high wind they move so freely it must give them
a cellular pleasure close to terror.

- Louise Erdrich, the Blue Jay's dance