tom kunesh for Chattanooga City Council ~ District 8 ~ a Voice for All the People ~ una Voz para Todo el Pueblo

kunesh for Chattanooga City Council - District 8 - vote tuesday 7 march 2017

tom kunesh · District 8 · a Voice for the People

• married, father of 5
• teacher (Spanish, Native American studies)
• historic preservationist
• US Navy veteran (Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, east Africa)
• TN Commissioner of Indian Affairs 2007-2010
• member, Save Citico & Lincoln Park
• member, Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga
• board member, Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
Chattanoogavote tuesday 7 march 2017

tom kunesh - phototom kunesh has lived in the historic neighborhood of Ferger Place with his wife and five kids for the past 18 years, watching it change from depressed and worn-down to a beautiful and inviting neighborhood today. His daughters attend local public elementary, middle & high schools, and the family is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga.

Kunesh served in the US Navy as a linguist in Spain and the Persian Gulf. He attended the University of Madrid, has an undergraduate degree in Spanish and a graduate degree in Religious Studies from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Divinity from the UU Starr King School for Religious Leadership in Berkeley, California. He has taught Spanish at UTC, Chattanooga State and the Montessori School, and Native American religions at UTC, Chatt State & MTSU.

As a lifelong historic preservationist, Kunesh joined other local Native American activists in 1993 in support of reclaiming the Native American sites on Moccasin Bend, repairing the damage to the site, and creating the Native American Reserve Force with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. In 1996, he worked with the Black Student Association and UTC administration to “retire” the school’s racist mascot. For the past several years he has worked to repair and reclaim Chattanooga’s oldest (2000 years) human artwork - Chickamauga Mound. Currently he works to protect and preserve District 8’s 1000-year-old Citico Town site and adjacent Lincoln Park.

As a Commissioner in the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs (2007-10), Kunesh pursued accountability of the Commission and commissioners to the state’s Native American community, and transparency in their proceedings.

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