S.379 - Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2011

A bill to extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: A bill to extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe. as introduced.
  • Short: Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2011 as introduced.
  • Short: Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2011 as reported to senate.

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  • benjumper 07/17/2011 12:49pm
    While working on my BSA Eagle project for the Chickahominy Indians Eastern Division of New Kent, Virginia, I became aware that the tribes of Virginia

    including the Chickahominy are not Federally recognized. The Virginia Tribes
    have been trying to become Federally recognized for many years. Even when the
    economy was strong, the House and Senate Bills for the tribes’ Federal
    recognition still struggled for approval. The gaming option for their bills
    have been removed. They just want to be recognized. Please, help support S.379
    Bill to help the Virginia tribes obtain the Federal recognition that they
    deserve. I would really like to have engraved on the Chickahominy tribe’s
    plaque from my Eagle project in front of their tribal center that they were Federally recognized by the 112th U.S. Congress in 2011.
    It would be nice to have the Virginia tribes finally recognized with the other
    562 Federally-recognized tribes.

    Thanks,
    Ben Jumper

  • benjumper 07/17/2011 12:58pm
    Last year in the 111th Congress, one Bill for Federal Recognition of Virginia Tribes passed the House of Representatives, the other was approved by the Senate Committee, but was not brought before the full Senate for consideration. I hope this year in the 112th Congress that the S.379 Bill will be brought before the full Congress for consideration, become approved in the Senate, and that H.R. 783 passes in the House of Representatives. To learn more about the Virginia Tribes from the research( oral histories,

    early documents, etc.) at the College of William and Mary, go to the link
    below http://www.wm.edu/as/anthropology/research/airc/vaindians/ohp/index.php

  • benjumper 07/24/2011 11:25am

    See news from Virginia Pilot about Federal Recognition for six Virginia Tribes. Just go to the link below.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-VBnO1cTY4

  • benjumper 07/24/2011 11:40am

    Here’s more information about this Bill from the Suffolk-News Herald.

    http://www.suffolknewsherald.com/2011/02/18/senate-house-consider-indians/

  • jjharris 07/24/2011 5:33pm

    I would like to see this Bill, S.379, become approved by the Senate. The six tribes in Virginia listed in this Senate Bill deserve Federal Recognition. The Chickahominy tribes provided food for the intial settlers to survive their first winter in America at Jamestown. They have played a truly important role in American history and are still part of the American society today. Please make approval of this Bill happen this year by supporting S.379.


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