NASHVILLE - Charging that he has been subjected to "threats of physical violence" at public meetings of the state's Commission of Indian Affairs, a lobbyist for the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation today called for the state to provide security at the agency's next meeting.
In his letter to state Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke, lobbyist Mark Greene said the "core issue is the inability or unwillingness of the current commission membership to distinguish between their responsibilities as state officials conducting meetings of an agenda of state government and their participation in a private political agenda."
He said one recent meeting "devolved into an ugly mob scene."
Members of the commission are seeking to grant tribal recognition to a number of groups in Tennessee, including several to which commissioners belong.
Mr. Greene, on behalf of the Cherokee Nation, has worked against the commission in the General Assembly, has opposed the state officially recognizing the groups as Native American tribes or clans.
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