“This executive order is an historic step forward in advancing the government-to-government relationship between Tribal Nations and states in this country, and we applaud Governor Northam’s bold and courageous leadership for honoring tribal sovereignty and the inherent right to free, prior, and informed consent,” said Fawn Sharp, President of the National Congress of American Indians. “We are glad to see Virginia taking proactive steps to appropriately respect and acknowledge the inherent sovereign rights and authorities of Tribal Nations. Their efforts to establish processes for meaningful consultation and, ultimately, securing Tribal Nation consent, should serve as a model for other states considering how to strengthen their relationships with Tribal Nations” said Kitcki Carroll, Executive Director of United South and Eastern Tribes Sovereignty Protection Fund. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the General Assembly to build on this Executive Order, which simply respects the sovereignty of these Tribal Nations,” said Delegate Paul Krizek. “The Tribes are important partners for economic development in the Commonwealth,” said Congressman Rob Wittman. “They are bringing medical clinics, broadband, and job opportunities. This order reflects that partnership by recognizing their voices in projects that impact them.” “Tribal sovereignty is not a partisan issue, and I am glad to see Governor Northam building on the record we established during my administration to begin redressing the wrongs that Virginia has perpetrated against the tribes,” said former Governor George Allen. “As the original inhabitants of Virginia, Native people are deeply invested in protecting our Commonwealth’s rich heritage while promoting continued economic growth for all Virginia residents, which are the values affirmed in this action,” said Marion Werkheiser of Cultural Heritage Partners, legal counsel to six of the seven federally recognized tribes in the state. This executive order goes into effect immediately. The Full text of Executive Order 82 is available here.
November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to recognize the first people of Virginia, and celebrate the many ways in which Virginia Indian tribes strengthen and enrich our communities and our Commonwealth.https://t.co/MMnZ0uYOCb pic.twitter.com/oucXL7cRyd— Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) November 1, 2021
A new consultation policy in Virginia requires free, prior and informed consent of tribal nations before any state permits are approved.
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