The bipartisan legislation would extend federal recognition to the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan, and the Nansemond tribes.
It passed the Senate without amendment on Thursday and now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk for signing into law.
Not only will it affirm the government-to-government relationship between the United States and the Virginia tribes, but it will create opportunities to enhance and protect the well-being of tribal members.”This law grants federal recognition to the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan and the Nansemond tribes. This status enables the tribes to pursue repatriation of historical and cultural artifacts, comment on federal agency actions that could affect their future, and gain access to a number of federal programs. A seventh tribe, the Pamunkey, received federal recognition in 2016.
The bill passed the House by voice vote on May 17, 2017 and the Senate by unanimous consent on January 11, 2018. “This is an issue of respect; federal recognition acknowledges and protects the historical and cultural identities of these tribes. The tribes have previously received recognition from the Commonwealth of Virginia, but gaps in historical record hindered their federal recognition.
The excavations uncovered artifacts connected with students at the Indian school.
A 2016 exhibition at William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art, “Building the Brafferton: The Founding, Funding and Legacy of America’s Indian School,” brought together documents, historical paintings, engravings and other artifacts including personal items related to students of the school, including Thomas Step of the Nottoway tribe and Henry Bawbee of the Wyandot tribe at Fort Pitt.
Many members of the William & Mary community expressed surprise and delight at the passage of H. “A number of us at William & Mary have worked closely with these groups,” said archaeologist Martin Gallivan.
The bill also maintains existing tribal hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering and water rights and will not “expand, reduce, or affect” the current policy. The feeling was strongest among those who have had direct involvement with the groups.
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We congratulate them.” As part of the historical narrative supporting federal tribal recognition, H. 984 cites the establishment of Brafferton College, a grammar school for Native Americans, at William & Mary in 1711.
It notes that Chickahominy and Nansemond children were some of the first Indians to attend Brafferton College.
“William & Mary’s 325-year story is interwoven with the history of Native Americans, in particular the story of the young boys who attended our Indian School and the families they left behind to do so,” said President Taylor Reveley.