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  • About | Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
    as a tax exempt non profit corporation since October 1983 under provisions of section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code to improve the quality of life for Indians in Tennessee NAIA has helped the Indian people in its service area to achieve the following goals Improve the services in education and decrease illiteracy Expand job opportunities and promote better employment Increase knowledge and awareness of Indian culture Promote Indian unity and organization Improve services for daycare housing health social services and nutrition for low income Indian people NAIA is the only statewide non profit organization with an all Indian Board of Directors elected by the membership NAIA represents the concerns of the more than 10 000 Native American Indian residents of Tennessee NAIA is a service organization based on the principles of self determination and self reliance NAIA strives to represent all Native American Indians regardless of sex or tribe Because there are no reservations in Tennessee there has been no state or federal recognition of the Indian population and no services directed to them Statement of Non Political Involvement As a public non profit organization the NAIA is specifically prohibited from participation or intervention in any political

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  • Board of Directors | Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
    Bulletin Store Cart Checkout My Account 2016 Board of Directors NAIA is governed by a 9 15 member Board of Directors elected by members of the organization The Board sets the policies for the agency oversees the functions of management establishes long range plans for the agency and acts as an advocate for the needs of the Indian people of Tennessee Executive Officers Term 2015 2016 Executive Director Ray Emanuel Lumbee President Edna Fay Mississippi Band of Choctaw Vice President Cheryl Prevatte Treasurer Gladys Bratcher Seminole Secretary Krystal Tsosie Navajo Nation Diné Board Members Board Advisors Carl Blount Cherokee Chuck Creasy Charles C Hill Osage Joe W McCaleb Robert Burden Audrey Evans Gary Martin Cherokee Bill Wells Ramona Morrison Northern Cheyenne Sally Wells Mississippi Choctaw tom kunesh Lakota Robert Burden Peggy Williamson Sheila Reese Legal Advisor Warren M Smith Attorney at Law The overall operations of NAIA are managed by an Executive Director and supervisory staff who have extensive education training and experience in their respective areas of responsibility This management structure is an efficient and responsive system of operations that enables the organization to manage many projects programs services and Indian initiatives Follow Us Follow About NAIA The Native

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  • Media Info | Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
    INDIAN MONTH The Native American Indian Association NAIA of Tennessee Inc will celebrate their 3 4th Annual Indian Education Pow Wow Fall Festival on October 16 18 2015 at Long Hunter State Park 2910 Hobson Pike Hermitage TN In addition Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam and Karl Dean Mayor of Nashville has proclaimed October to be Native American Indian Month All are welcome to celebrate with us during this spectacular unique event which features Native American Indian dancers in full regalia musicians singers modern and traditional arts and crafts beading basket weaving carving jewelry and many others traditional Native American Indian foods and a special Arts and Crafts Demonstration Village Additionally a tipi village will offer visitors a glimpse of early American life The NAIA Indian Education Pow Wow Fall Festival is the association s main fundraiser each year All proceeds help supply its Emergency Relief and Education Scholarship Funds NAIA is a non profit organization serving the Native American Indians living in the state of Tennessee Friday October 16th NAIA offers free admission to all school children and their educators Several special interactive programs are planned This distinctive educational and cultural event i s funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Also funded in part by Tennessee Arts Commission in Support of the Arts in Tennessee program Admission cost is very reasonable Adults 6 00 Senior Citizens 3 00 Children 6 12 3 00 Children 5 under Free This gathering is one of the largest Pow Wows east of the Mississippi River and draws many visitors from all across the United States and Canada Attendance over the past years has grown by the thousands during this three day event Come be one of the thousands to enjoy our

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  • NAIA History and Origins | Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
    together by Ray Emanuel to discuss the possibility of forming an organization which hopefully would be able to help the Native American Indians living in Tennessee There was no reservation in the State and no official program available in Middle Tennessee to address the many needs as identified by government and social agencies of the Native American Indian population that had been calling for help Ray had become known to many of the agencies and departments of state and city government as a Native American who cared for the needs of his people and was a source to resolve problems The requests he received became too great for any one individual to handle and he requested a few of his friends who had always helped him in the past meet with him to organize an official American Indian organization that would be recognized by government agencies and would unify those who were concerned for the needs of the Native American Indians in the area The group contacted to assemble at Riverfront Park had already demonstrated their willingness and commitment to try to help provide for the needs of the Native American Indians that were being overlooked ignored or even sometimes discriminated against It will be noted that out of the ten 10 original individuals present at Riverfront Park all are still active members The charter members of the association are October 2 1982 Nina Brannon Etta Purcell Robert Bob Horton H Ray Emanuel Bill Woodard Diamond Dolly Orlando Peggy Williamson Jerry Freeman Sally Wells Marjorie Freeman The Association has helped provide or arrange for house apartment rent clothes utilities health care college and vocational training literacy training job placement as well as many other services for eligible applicants Our Fall Festival and Pow Wow has grown each year and is

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  • On Use of the Title ‘Chief’ | Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
    of appearing to be more authentically Indian and traditional and to compensate for their organization s small size and lack of direct Native American cultural relationship their leaders have taken on the traditional title of Chief for their own self aggrandizement Tennessee s oldest Native American organization is the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee NAIA founded in 1983 It was also the primary writer and organizational sponsor of the first Commission of Indian Affairs legislation passed by the state in 1983 NAIA is the only statewide 501 c 3 non profit organization with an all Indian Board of Directors elected by its membership Its elected leaders are its president executive director and board members The only other Native American Indian organizations in Tennessee that were also started in the 1980s are the Faraway Cherokees Native American Intertribal Association of Memphis est 1984 and the Alliance for Native American Indian Rights est 1989 Both of these organizations also use standard Euro American business titles for their organizations officers acknowledging that they are not tribes with the right to use traditional titles Traditional use of the title Chief is an honor restricted to those leaders of Native American tribes who have received the title through tribal selection or inheritance It is not appropriately used by leaders of social clubs and is not used by recognized Native American organizations e g the National Congress of American Indians the Native American Rights Fund Native American Indian Association of Tennessee to denote their leaders In Tennessee there are no federally or state recognized tribes All tribal organizations were removed from the state in the Removal of 1838 as ordered by President Andrew Jackson Tribal leaders and traditional elders some with the title Chief others called Chairman do come to Tennessee from time to time

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  • Community Bulletin | Native American Indian Association of Tennessee | ‘Indians Working for Indians’
    June 19 2015 Only just over 200 Specialty Plates have been pre ordered If we do not act quickly NAIA may lose the opportunity to provide a special license plate that showcases our Native pride and history Pre order a Specialty License Plate Now The sooner we get the plates the sooner you can ride to the Pow Wow in style The license plate legislation passed last year became effective on July 1 2013 and we were given one full year to get our pre paid pre registered 1 000 applications completed and sent to the State We have not received 1 000 pre paid applications and the sponsors of the legislation graciously agreed to give us a one year extension So during this past session an amendment to our bill was made and we now have until June 30 2016 to finish receiving the 1 000 pre paid applications We really need your help because we will not get another extension If we miss the June 30 2016 deadline our license plate fundraiser for the NAIA will be terminated The license plate program has been a wonderful success for many non profit organizations in Tennessee and there are plenty

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  • Products | Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
    Powwow Info Schedule Staff Dancers Vendors Powwow Etiquette Event Sponsors Cultural Center Support NAIA Membership License Plates Amazon Smiles Kroger Rewards Volunteer Job Training About Board of Directors Media Info NAIA History and Origins On Use of the Title Chief Our Sponsors Community Bulletin Store Cart Checkout My Account Home Store Store Showing the single result Official 2016 NAIA Calendar 15 00 Add to cart Follow Us Follow Archives June

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  • Cart | Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
    Vendors Powwow Etiquette Event Sponsors Cultural Center Support NAIA Membership License Plates Amazon Smiles Kroger Rewards Volunteer Job Training About Board of Directors Media Info NAIA History and Origins On Use of the Title Chief Our Sponsors Community Bulletin Store

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