The Maddox Fund supports programs dedicated to land preservation, water quality, wildlife habitat and public policy advocacy. We strive to connect marginalized children and youth with wildlife through hunting, fishing and outdoor activities. With our partners, Maddox is developing outdoor enthusiasts and life-long conservationists.
As we learn more about racial equity, land acknowledgements are a way to recognize and express gratitude to the First Nations land that we are on. For settlers, the act of performing a land acknowledgement is a very basic and fundamental step towards reconciliation between Indigenous Peoples and colonizers who occupy the land.
We acknowledge that the Maddox Fund occupies the traditional homelands of Indigenous Peoples and that our office sits near the Trail of Tears death march. We know that at least eight tribes called Tennessee home, including the Muscogee Band of Creek, Yuchi, Chickasaw, Chickamauga Band of Cherokee, Choctaw, Eastern Band of Cherokee, Shawnee and Seneca.
None of these tribes is officially recognized by the state of Tennessee.
Featured wildlife conservation partners
TennGreen protects important wildlife habitat using two key strategies: conservation easements on privately-held land and acquisition. On occasion, funding assistance is requested/required by landowners or by public agencies to cover specific costs of this conservation work. TennGreen requests funding to create a Wildlife Habitat Conservation Assistance Fund.
The Franktown Outdoors program rewards youth interested in wildlife conservation, hunting, fishing, hiking, etc. with opportunities to learn new skills and enjoy all that nature has to offer. This program is rewards based and our inner city youth must meet certain criteria to participate.