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ADVISORY COUNCIL OF TENNESSEE INDIAN AFFAIRS

Saturday 21 February 2004, KUC MTSU

The quarterly meeting of ACTIA was held on February 21 at MTSU in Murfreesboro. At 10:00 a.m., Chairperson Edna Fay called the meeting to order. David Teat opened the meeting with a prayer.

In attendance:

Edna Fay, Nashville
David Teat, Middle Tennessee
Donna Bivens, West Tennessee
Joice Fickenworth, East Tennessee
Kippy Vaughn, East Tennessee
tom kunesh, Chattanooga
Dale Mitchell, Middle Tennessee
Lee Vest, East Tennessee
Tommy Veal, Knoxville
Ray Emanuel, Nashville NAIA
John Smith, Memphis NAIA

Also present were four visitors.

The agenda was reviewed and additional items were added and accepted.

Financial report showed $100 in restricted funds and $50.90 for general use. An accounting of the purchase and distribution of gifts to those legislators involved in the passage of the legislative bill forming the Commission was requested for the next quarterly meeting. Financial report was approved.

Check in was made by caucus area. Each Board member shared information of happenings within their area.

No report was available from TCIA.

A report was made concerning TNNAC activities. tom kunesh informed the Board about the upcoming conference at the Jeri Baxter Alternative School in Nashville on March 27th starting at 10:00 a.m. until. Questions concerning the elective processes will be discussed.

Old Business

No resignations have been received at this time.

New Board members at large were discussed. David Teat reported that Pat Cummings and Albert Bender were both willing to serve as consultants to ACTIA with limited ability to attend meetings. Ray Emanuel agreed to continue to serve as a Board member at large. John Smith also affirmed his willingness to continue to serve as a Board member at large. It was decided that Pat Cummings and Albert Bender would be invited to the next quarterly meeting. David Teat will contact Albert Bender and Dale Mitchell will contact Pat Cummings. 

Motion was made and passed that new at large Board members be required to attend at least 2 meetings. They will be asked to introduce themselves at a meeting and voted on at the next meeting that they attend.

Melba Checote Eads was presented for consideration as an at-large Board member. She gave a short summary of her background and involvement in the Native American community. A motion was made and passed to accept her as a member at-large of ACTIA.

Staffing of the 10 Committees (A BROADER COMMISSION) was discussed.

A decision was made to streamline and combine several of the committees and issues at the present time.

A motion was made and passed that chairpersons would be nominated and elected by the Board for one (1) year terms.

A motion was made and passed that the Committees of the Advisory Council be created to study and evaluate issues and make recommendations to the Advisory Council.

A motion was made and passed stating that TNNAC officers and TNNAC Caucus chairpersons cannot be Committee chairpersons of the Advisory Council.

The Tribal Recognition Committee

Section d) under Native History Committee was added to this Committee. Staffing of this Committee consists of: Dale Mitchell, Lee Vest, David Teat, Ray Emanuel, John Smith and Melba Eads. Sally Wells was also interested in serving on this Committee. A motion was made and passed to place Melba Eads as chairperson.

The Education Committee

Sections a), b) and c) under Native History Committee were added to this Committee. Staffing of this Committee consists of: Dale Mitchell, Kippy Vaughn, Donna Bivens, Joice Fickenworth, Sandi Perry and Lee Vest. A motion was made and passed to place Donna Bivens as chairperson.

The Health Care Committee

Staffing of this Committee consists of: Edna Fay, Joice Fickenworth and Melba Eads. A motion was made and passed to place Joice Fickenworth as chairperson. 

The Legal Defense Committee

Joice Fickenworth volunteered to work on this Committee. Edna Fay and David Teat agreed to assist in obtaining qualified people to assist in staffing of the Committee. A motion was made and passed to table the selection of a chairperson until other interested parties could be contacted.

The Social Committee

A motion was made and passed that this Committee would also assume the responsibilities of The Public Relations Committee and The Staff and Support Committee at the present time. Staffing of this Committee consists of: David Teat, Donna Bivens, Edna Fay, Kippy Vaughn and Dean Jackson. A motion was made and passed to include coordination of events with TNNAC and TCIA. A motion was made and passed to place David Teat as chairperson.

The Native American Tourism Committee

Section e) of The Native History Committee was added to this Committee. Staffing of this Committee consists of: tom kunesh, Dale Mitchell, Donna Bivens, Lee Vest, John Smith and Anita Prevatte. A motion was made and passed to place Dale Mitchell as chairperson.

The Archaeology Advisory Committee

Staffing of this Committee consists of: Melba Eads, Lee Vest and Tommy Veal. A motion was made and passed to place Lee Vest as chairperson.

It was decided that work within the Committees could be facilitated by email, phone calls and local meetings across the state.

New Business<p> A motion was made and passed to accept a new modified agenda. Several items will be carried over to the next quarterly meeting including those that can be further investigated by newly formed Committees.

A suggestion of modifying requirements for member at-large to that of a consultant was made. After a lengthy discussion it was decided that the recommendation to revise the requirements be withdrawn at this time.

A motion was made and passed to amend the standing rules for attendance to read łany member who fails to attend two (2) meetings per calendar year without an acceptable reason shall be considered as resigned from the Advisory Council˛.

David Teat distributed literature on rules and regulations pertaining to possession of feathers.

John Smith distributed leaflets announcing the Chuckalissa Powwow.

A motion was made and passed to file for 501©3 status. David Teat will investigate and report whether ACTIA will fall under the status of a charitable organization and whether we need to obtain a permit to solicit funds.

A motion was made and passed to oppose Caption Bill HB3418/SB3350 because of lack of due process, content, timeliness and lack of representation.

A motion was made and passed to compose a letter in opposition to Caption Bill HB3418/SB3350 and for said letter to be sent to all Commissioners with copies being sent to legislators sponsoring the Bills and the Senate and House Government Operations Committees. The content and composition of letter will be the responsibility of Melba Eads. The letter will be reviewed by ACTIA, signed by the Chairperson and distributed by the Vice-Chairman.

A motion was made and passed to participate with TCIA and TNNAC in manning a promotional booth at MTSU Powwow to register voters for the general election and also to provide information regarding organizations. Twenty-five dollars ($25) was contributed toward printing of literature to be distributed at the MTSU Powwow.

The next quarterly meeting was set for May 15th at MTSU.

The meeting was adjourned.

This is a copy of the minutes of the quarterly meeting of ACTIA.

If you have any additions or corrections to make to these minutes, please let me know within the next week. You may contact me by email at: bivenswd@click1.net or call 731-723-7956. Corrections will be made and an approved copy of these minutes will be posted on the ACTIA website and sent to all Board Members on March 12, 2004.

Submitted for your approval on March 4, 2004.

Donna Bivens, Secretary