Feds: Not enough proof Tennessee group is Indian tribe

Nashville, Tennessee (AP) August 2010

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs says a Tennessee group called the Central Band of Cherokee should not be acknowledged as an Indian tribe.

The bureau said in a news release Monday that the Lawrenceburg-based group has not submitted adequate evidence to show its 407 members are descendants of Cherokees who lived in Tennessee before most were expelled in the 1830s.

The Central Band of Cherokee was among six groups recognized by the Tennessee Commission on Indian Affairs just before the panel was dissolved this summer. The others are the Remnant Yuchi Nation, the United Eastern Lenape Nation, the Chikamaka Band, the Cherokee Wolf Clan and the Tanasi Council.

Joe Sitting Owl White, principal chief of the Central Band of Cherokee, said he will challenge the finding.




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