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Mr. Lee Vest

Wrong Lee Vest?

Employment History

  • Chief
    Remnant Yuchi Nation
  • Chairman
    Tribal Affairs
  • Remnant Yuchi Nation Chief
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Web References
The Indian group promoting the ..., 4 May 2009 [cached]
The Indian group promoting the legislation from the Kingsport/Sullivan County area is led by Lee Vest, chief of the Remnant Yuchi Nation.
The Mumpower-Ramsey legislation would appoint the Confederation of Tennessee Native Tribes - headed up by Vest - as the entity to review tribes seeking state recognition.
But a 2007 state attorney general's opinion said Tennessee has authority to recognize Indian tribes, and Vest insisted as many as 40 states have formally recognized such tribes.
Vest, a silversmith and jewelry maker, also suggested state recognition might help local efforts to sell Indian-manufactured jewelry and other items.
"We had a tremendous amount of artisans. ... Their business was hurt because a lot of fake stuff was coming out of Taiwan and other countries," he said.
Vest and others are expected to testify on the recognition bill before the House State Government Subcommittee this week.
Lee Vest is NOT Yuchi!
Thought you - and others - might be interested in seeing this: Lee Vest admits to NOT BEING YUCHI ... so the question begs to be asked: WHY is he a 'chief' of a group that NOW calls itself the "remnant Yuchi nation" when it used to be called "Appalachian Confederated Tribes of Kingsport TN" - whatever that might be. What's their group gonna be called next year, or the year after that?! ;-)
Vest said in 2004
Vest says the group wants recognition because "There are treaties with the United States government that say they will take care of some of our health needs.
Smith writes, "Vest would not stand out in a crowd as an Indian.
Vest said "We had a tremendous amount of artisans. ... Their business was hurt because a lot of fake stuff was coming out of Taiwan and other countries," Does Vest not have the sense to know that his people's "stuff" that they are selling is just as "fake" as the Asian stuff?
Tennessee Native American Indian & Related Organizations, 1 Jan 1998 [cached]
Lee Vest, Kingsport - news article (see also "Remnant Yuchi Nation")
Appalachian Intertribal Heritage Association (2003-06) 2788 Pinehurst Street, Appalachia VA 24216, Lee Vest, Kingsport TN, chairman of Tribal Affairs
the " Remnant Yuchi Nation" (formerly "Appalachian Confederated Tribes") (Lee Vest), the "Upper Cumberland Cherokee" aka "United Eastern Lenape Nation" (Herstle Cross), the "Chikamaka-Cherokee of the South Cumberland Plateau" (James Meeks), the "Central Band of Cherokee" aka the "Cherokee of Lawrence County" (Joe White), the "Cherokee Wolf Clan" (Joe Walters), the "Tanasi Council of the Far Away Cherokee" (Alice Henry), the "Native Cultural Circle" (Doug Kirby) and the American Indian Association of Millington.
Chief Lee Vest, Kingsport -, 423/ 323-0327
founders: chairman Lee Vest, "Remnant Yuchi Nation", Kingsport TN; executive director Herstle Cross aka Red Wandering Fox, "United Eastern Lenape Nation, Middle Division Inc", Knoxville TN; or Bonnie Knuckles aka Chief Calmwaters, "United Eastern Lenape Nation, Middle Division Inc", of Corbin KY; James Meeks, "Chikamaka-Cherokee of the South Cumberland Plateau Region, Inc."
TNCIA: info on Tennessee Indian Affairs [cached]
fact & proof: This claim "of Yuchi gathered in Carter County", made by "Remnant Yuchi Nation" "Chief" Lee Vest, was first printed in the Bristol Herald Courier newspaper in June 2011.
The "Remnant Yuchi Nation" was created in 2007 from a group called the "Appalachian Confederated Tribes" created in Kingsport in 2006, the brainchild of Lee Vest. From the actual 2007 meeting's minutes: "At 6:00 p.m. on April 13, Lee told the tribe that he as Chief had decided for the good of the tribe to change our name from Appalachian Confederated Tribes to REMNANT YUCHI NATION. Lee discussed the connection of Cherokee/Yuchi heritage. He said that if you had Cherokee ancestors, then you also had Yuchi blood. Lee then told the history of the Yuchi in this region. He also told the benefits for the tribe of becoming State recognized. After he gave his reasons for the change, he asked for discussion. Several people spoke in favor of the change. Lee then asked for a show of hands for those who favored the change. 100% of the members present agreed with Lee for the name change. Lee then said that from this forward our tribe would be called the Remnant Yuchi Nation." Equating 'Cherokee' to 'Yuchi', then changing the group's name to 'Yuchi', has allowed the fraudulent "Remnant Yuchi Nation" to slip under the fraud-hunting radar of the Cherokee Nation, but not the anti-fraud interests of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and its member, the real Yuchi Tribe.
Self-proclaimed "Chief" Lee Vest is not Yuchi and not Cherokee either: ---------------------------- Original Message ---------------------------- Subject: Re: Woodland Village site From: "Lee Vest" (
As of 11 october 2010, leaders of four of the six groups - Lee Vest, James Meeks, Bonnie Knuckles & Alice Henry, including two who were commissioners (JM, AH), had filed five separate motions in Davidson County Chancery Court to Set Aside or Amend Judgment, to Intervene, and to Dismiss the agreement reached by Greene and the Attorney General who represented the State and the Commission as a state agency.
About the Remnant Yuchi, ... [cached]
About the Remnant Yuchi, Appalachian Confederated Tribes & Lee Vest:
Cross recounted his statement and that of PAC partner, Lee Vest ("Chief" of the Remnant Yuchi, formerly known as Appalachian Confederated Tribes of Kingsport TN).
In the long run, Cross, Knuckles, Vest and their PAC will probably get exactly what they want.
HB3299/SB3123 Recognition of Certain Groups in Tennessee as Tribes [cached]
Lee Vest, 'chief' of the Remnant Yuchi Nation / Educational Alliance (2007- *) "Chief" Lee Vest, 437 N Valley View Circle, Kingsport (Sullivan County) 37664 /, .net, .com & owned by Billy Joe Nuckles, Kingsport
Lee Vest -
7. Lee Vest"Sunset the TN Commission of Indian Affairs and let the Tn Legislatures render a just decision."
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