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Editorial: No question Pamunkey Tribe deserves federal status (10/28)
"Most of Virginia's several Indian tribes have sought recognition through congressional statute. The Pamunkey tribe is an exception; it is trying to gain acknowledgment through the Bureau of Indian Affairs' internal processes. In so doing, it avoids the Scylla of...

Pamunkey Tribe submits petition with BIA for federal recognition (10/21)
The Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia has filed a petition for federal recognition. The tribe says it has maintained relations with Commonwealth of Virginia and the U.S. government as far back as 1646. The tribe resides on a 1,200-acre reservation that...

Column: Virginia tribes seek spot of recognition at state capitol (09/02)
"After witnessing the unveiling of the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial two years ago, Chief Kenneth Adams of the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe looked around Capitol Square in Richmond and took stock. The new monument, which depicted the struggle of black...

Wayne Newton draws attention to tribe recognition bid (02/03)
Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton attracted a lot of attention in the Virginia state capitol on Tuesday as he testified in favor of recognition for his tribe. The state recognizes several tribes but the Patawomeck Indians aren't one of them....

Wayne Newton to testify on state recognition measure (02/02)
Mr. Las Vegas, otherwise known as entertainer Wayne Newton, is supporting his tribe's bid to gain recognition in Virginia. Newton is a member of the Patawomeck Indians. He will testify at a hearing today on a bill to recognize...

WaPo Blog: Virginia tribes mark Thanksgiving Day (11/25)
"Virginia's outgoing governor, Tim Kaine, presided over his final Thanksgiving ceremony this morning on Capitol Square in downtown Richmond. And this one -- like all the ones before it -- included some wild game. Not to mention a host of...

Opinion: Stereotyping Indians at fraternity party (11/05)
"On Tuesday, Nov. 3, a Letter to the Editor from Neal Fox, Co-Chair of the Minority Rights Coalition, was published in The Cavalier Daily regarding a “Cowboy and Indian” themed party at an IFC fraternity. The intended purpose of this...

Editorial: Virginia tribes get closer to recognition (11/03)
"The long journey on the road to federal recognition of Virginia’s Indian tribes may be nearing its end. After 10 years of legislation that has been submitted and resubmitted in Congress, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee has approved two measures...

Editorial: Overdue recognition for Virginia tribes (10/26)
"The news that Congress is moving toward official federal recognition of Virginia's Indian tribes is welcome, albeit woefully overdue. Rep. Jim Moran and Sen. Jim Webb deserve credit for carrying the measures and shepherding them toward passage. The federal failure...

Senate panel advances Virginia tribal recognition (10/23)
Six Virginia tribes whose ancestors greeted the European settlers at Jamestown in 1607 could gain federal recognition after centuries of waiting. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved S.1178, the Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2009, at a...

Lumbee, Virginia recognition bills on SCIA agenda (10/21)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will consider two federal recognition bills at a business meeting on Thursday. S.1178, the Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2009, extends recognition to the Chickahominy Tribe, the Chickahominy Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper...

Virginia recognition bill on Senate panel agenda (10/20)
A bill to recognize six Virginia tribes is on the agenda for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee business meeting on Thursday. S.1178, the Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2009, extends recognition to the Chickahominy Tribe, the Chickahominy...

Apology for video depiction of 'Indian' mascot (09/16)
The athletics director at the University of Virginia apologized for the use of an Indian image in a pre-game video. UVa played the College of William & Mary last week. Even though W&M has dropped Indian imagery associated with...

School to vote on mascot for 'Tuscarora' name (09/15)
Incoming students at a public school in Virginia will vote on a mascot to go along with their "Tuscarora" name. Principal Pamela Paul-Jacobs, who has Lumbee and Waccamaw ancestry, invited students to submit potential mascots for the Tuscarora High School....

Letter: Pregame video depicted 'savage' Indian (09/10)
"While all Cavalier fans were let down by the losing score of Saturday’s football game, I was disappointed by something else: the pregame video. A classic part of U.Va. football, the video always depicts the beloved Cavman vanquishing the mascot...

San Pasqual woman seeks office in Virginia (06/17)
Vicki Vasques, who served as director of the Office of Indian Education during the Bush administration, is seeking public office in Virginia. Vasques announced her candidacy for the Virginia House of Delegates, 45th District, yesterday. She is running as...

Editorial: Virginia tribes move closer to recognition (06/17)
"For Indian tribes in Virginia, this may be the year they finally gain recognition from Congress. It has been a long and frustrating effort for them, but success could be closer than ever before. And for that, the tribes and...

Paper runs series on Virginia tribal recognition (06/10)
The Virginian-Pilot published a three-part series on Virginia tribes and their quest for federal recognition. The tribes were the first to greet the European settlers at Jamestown. They also signed a treaty in 1677 with the Queen of England...

Column: Don't make Virginia tribes wait any longer (06/08)
"Six of Virginia's Indian tribes may - finally - get the federal recognition that should have been theirs decades ago. The House of Representatives this week passed a measure granting the six tribes and the Lumbee in North Carolina...

House once again passes Lumbee recognition bill (06/04)
The House voted 240-179 on Wednesday to pass H.R.31, a bill to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. The bill ensures the tribe can follow the land-into-trust process in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri...

Virginia tribes focus work on Senate after House win (06/04)
Six Virginia tribes are taking their efforts to the Senate after the House approved their federal recognition bill on Wednesday. H.R.1385 recognizes the Chickahominy Tribe, the Chickahominy Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, the Monacan Nation, and...

Lumbee, Virginia recognition bills on House agenda (06/03)
Update: 3:30pm - The House passed the Lumbee bill by a vote of 240 to 179. 2:30pm - The House passed the Virginia recognition bill and is currently on the Lumbee bill. Follow the debate on Twitter and see it...

Virginia Indian council rejects recognition for group (05/29)
The Virginia Council on Indians voted 6-3 against state recognition for the Nottoway Indian Tribe. Despite the loss, the tribe is pressing Gov. Tim Kaine (D) for recognition. The tribe says three members of the council shouldn't have voted on...

House committee advances two recognition bills (04/22)
The House Natural Resources Committee approved two federal recognition bills at a markup this morning. H.R.31 extends recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. A substitute was adopted to ensure the tribe can follow the land-into-trust process. H.R.1385 extends...

House Resources markup on recognition bills (04/21)
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a markup session tomorrow on two federal recognition bills H.R.31 extends recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, for the first time, backed the bill at a...

House Resources Committee markup on recognition bills (04/15)
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a markup session next Wednesday, April 22, on two federal recognition bills H.R.31 extends recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, for the first time, backed the...

Congress urged to recognize six Virginia tribes (03/19)
The House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday on H.R.1385, a bill to recognize six Virginia tribes whose ancestors ensured the survival of the first permanent European settlement at Jamestown. After helping the new arrivals, the ancestors of the Chickahominy...

Audio: House hearing on federal recognition bills (03/18)
The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing today on two federal recognition bills. The hearing lasted about 3 hours. Audio clips can be downloaded through the following links: • Opening Statements Panel 1 - Testimony | Q&A The Honorable...

Witness list for hearing on recognition bills (03/17)
The House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing tomorrow on two federal recognition bills. The first bill is H.R.31, to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. The second is H.R.1385, to recognize the Chickahominy Tribe, the Chickahominy Tribe-Eastern Division,...

House Resources hearing on federal recognition bills (03/16)
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, March 18, on two federal recognition bills. The first bill is H.R.31, to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. A rival measure to require the tribe to seek...

House Resources hearing on federal recognition bills (03/12)
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing next Wednesday, March 18, on two federal recognition bills. The first bill is H.R.31, to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. A rival measure to require the tribe to seek...

Column: Virginia tribes deserve federal recognition (03/12)
"Virginia's Indians have earned the right to be cynical. Two years ago, six state tribes landed at the doorstep of federal recognition, only to have the mat snatched from underfoot. The bill stalled in the Senate after the conclusion of...

Bill to recognize Virginia tribes introduced in House (03/10)
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia) introduced a bill to extend federal recognition to six tribes in Virginia. Moran said Congress must act because Virginia law wiped out important records that would aid the tribes. The state barred people from identifying themselves...

Virginia tribes want Obama backing for recognition (02/18)
Tribes in Virginia are hoping President Barack Obama will support their bid for federal recognition. During the 111th Congress, the House passed a bill to recognize the eight tribes. The Senate never acted so the tribes have to start the...