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Federal Recognition for Virginia Tribes

On Jan. 11, President Trump signed the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017, recognizing the Rappahannock, Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Monacan and Nansemond tribes as sovereign nations and bringing the count of federally-recognized tribes to 573.

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Federal Recognition for Virginia Tribes

Dealing with policies such as federal recognition has been said to be degrading. “The disregard of such tribes seems like the cause of their “disappearance” in today’s age.

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Can Tribes be Unrecognized?

Not all Native American tribes are federally recognized by the federal government.

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“Indians are Persons” Under the Law

In 1879 a court ruled that Indians are “persons”, a point that should not have been questioned in the first place.

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Thanksgiving, a Tradition for Virginia Tribes

The Mattaponi and Pamunkey tribes of Virginia are two of the oldest tribes in the United States that mark Thanksgiving with the giving of food.

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