House bill recognizing six groups as Indian tribes shuttled off for summer study

photo Tennessee Rep. Curry Todd

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE - A controversial bill that would have granted state recognition as Native American tribes claiming Indian descent was shipped off to a summer study committee by a House panel this afternoon, appearing to kill the legislation for yet another year.

The groups seeking recognition were opposed by representatives of federally-recognized tribes, who contend the groups were not tribes at all but "culture clubs."

Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, a bill proponent, charged in the State and Local Government Committee that "out of state folks" were again interfering with the effort, which has been argued in one form or another since at least 1994.