Editorial: Virginia tribes still waiting on recognition

"For more than seven years, leaders of six Virginia Indian tribes have taken their fight for federal recognition to Congress. And for more than seven years, that Congress has found one reason or another to put off that recognition. It is time to end the delays and give those tribes the recognition they so rightfully deserve.

The House of Representatives has approved legislation benefiting the Indian tribes, which include the Monacans, who are based in Amherst County.

Now, Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, a Democrat, is taking up the fight in the Senate - a fight in which his Republican predecessor George Allen had sided with the tribes.

The time has come for Congress to treat Virginia’s Indian tribes with the same respect and dignity it has granted other tribes around the nation. Their long wait should be nearing its end. Let’s hope Sen. Webb can help them achieve that important goal."

Get the Story:
After Seven Years, Tribes Still Waiting (The Lynchburg News & Advance 11/14)

Relevant Documents:
Letter to SCIA

Recognition Bill:
Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act (H.R.1294)

Relevant Links:
Virginia Indians Tribal Alliance For Life - http://www.vitalva.org

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