Tennessee Native American Convention
in TCIA Reform Bill HB1617 (2001)

SECTION 5.
(a) The Tennessee commission of Indian affairs shall consist of seven (7) members as follows:
(1) One (1) member from each of the four (4) regions described in subsection (h); and
(2) One (1) member from each of the three (3) grand divisions of the state.
(b) The Tennessee Native American Convention shall prepare a list of four (4) nominees for each position as a member on the commission. Each list of nominees shall include biographical information on the nominees, tribal affiliation, if applicable, and a statement of each nominee's experience and involvement in Native American affairs.
(c) The Tennessee Native American Convention shall submit to the speaker of the house and the speaker of the senate a list of nominees pursuant to subsection (b) for each vacancy, including initial vacancies, on the commission. The speakers shall jointly appoint a member to the commission from each list of nominees.
(e) Any member appointed to fill a vacancy shall be appointed for the remainder of the term of the member causing the vacancy.
(h)(1) Region 1 shall consist of the following counties:
Anderson; Blount; Campbell; Carter; Claiborne; Cocke; Grainger; Greene; Hamblen; Hancock; Hawkins; Jefferson; Johnson; Knox; Loudon; Monroe; Morgan; Roane; Scott, Sevier; Sullivan; Unicoi; Union; and Washington.
(2) Region 2 shall consist of the following counties:
Bledsoe; Bradley; Cannon; Clay; Coffee; Cumberland; Dekalb; Fentress; Franklin; Grundy; Hamilton; Jackson; McMinn; Marion; Meigs; Overton; Pickett; Polk; Putnam; Rhea; Sequatchie; Van Buren; Warren; and White.
(3) Region 3 shall consist of the following counties:
Bedford; Cheatham; Davidson; Dickson; Giles; Hickman; Houston; Humphreys; Lawrence; Lewis; Lincoln; Macon; Marshall; Maury; Montgomery; Moore; Perry; Robertson; Rutherford; Smith; Stewart; Sumner; Trousdale; Wayne; Williamson; and Wilson.
(4) Region 4 shall consist of the following counties:
Benton; Carroll; Chester; Crockett; Decatur; Dyer; Fayette; Gibson; Hardeman; Hardin; Haywood; Henderson; Henry; Lake; Lauderdale; Madison; McNairy; Obion; Shelby; Tipton; and Weakley.

SECTION 10.
There is hereby created a Tennessee Native American convention. The convention shall select persons to be presented to the speaker of the senate and the speaker of the house as nominees to the commission. The convention shall also collate and prioritize the issues, goals and objectives of greatest significance to Native Americans in Tennessee.

SECTION 11.
(a) The convention shall be held biennially on the Saturday immediately preceding American Indian Day as set out in Section 15-2-106.
(b) The convention shall, whenever practicable, take place outdoors at a historical Native American site.
(c) The convention shall rotate between the three (3) grand divisions of the state.
(d) The convention shall select initially four (4) groups of four (4) nominees from each region as described in Section 5(h) of this act.
(e) The convention shall select initially three (3) groups of four (4) nominees from each grand division of the state.
(f) After initial nominees for the commission have been chosen, nominees shall be chosen as necessary for vacancies occurring on the commission.

SECTION 12.
Delegates to the Tennessee Native American convention shall be elected at seven (7) regional caucuses to be held in each region as described in Section 5(h) of this act and in each grand division of the state. Regional caucuses shall be held not less than two (2) weeks before the convention. Each regional caucus shall nominate not less than ten (10) nor more than fifteen (15) candidates to the convention. Each caucus shall set the time and location of the subsequent caucus for such region. Members of the convention shall elect a chair, vice chair and secretary for such convention. Members of the convention shall not receive compensation for their service on the convention.

Tennessee Code, Annotated
        TITLE 15 HOLIDAYS/CHAPTER 2: DAYS OF SPECIAL OBSERVANCE 

15-2-106. American Indian Day.


 (a)  The fourth Monday in September of each year is to be especially observed 
in Tennessee as "American Indian Day," and that on this day schools, clubs, and 
civic and religious organizations are encouraged to recognize the contributions 
of American Indians with suitable ceremony and fellowship designed to promote 
greater understanding and brotherhood between American Indians and the 
non-Indian people of the state of Tennessee.  

 (b)  The governor shall, prior to the fourth Monday in September of each year, 
issue a proclamation inviting and urging the people of the state to observe 
American Indian Day with suitable ceremony and fellowship.  

 (c)  The department of education and the commission of Indian affairs shall 
make, within the limits of funds available for such purpose, information 
available to all people of this state regarding American Indian Day and 
the observance thereof.  


 [Acts 1994, ch. 606, § 1.]