S. 379, The Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2011

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S. 379 would 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.

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February 26, 2011, 12:29pm (report abuse)

I am 100% behind this bill! I think it would go a long way in righting past wrongs done to the Virginia Indians.

These people have been through enough. Now is the time to give them some of the repsect back that they so rightly deserve. It seems to me that they are still being punished, and doubly so since it is because of certain events in their past - that they had no control over - are why they cannot get federal recognition through anything but an Act of Congress.

Enough is enough!


April 7, 2011, 2:35am (report abuse)

It is a sad day when something that has been for thousands of years has to ask to be recognized! I never knew I was monacan till a couple years ago because my mother was not told she was Indian to protect her from discrimination. It is time for recognition. It saddens me to know that the discrimination that has never stopped and our familys won't shake off this plague till we are finally accepted.


July 29, 2011, 6:54pm (report abuse)

Please support H.R. 783 and S. 379 Bills currently in Congress so the tribes of Virginia can be granted the federal recognition that they deserve.


August 17, 2011, 10:10pm (report abuse)

Support bill s379 , so our Ancestors , All Virginia tribes can rest in Peace , after 400 years

will be Federal Recognitized by our Own County United Sates of America. Long over due .

Tim W.

October 17, 2011, 10:47am (report abuse)

It doesn't go far enough. Unless the Native Americans of the east are granted the same rights as the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska, then it is unfair and segregational. The eastern tribes deserve all of the same rights and benefits of their brethren regardless of the economic impacts. Wrongs must be righted. The government of the United States is still covering itself on the major issues.

True Native Lumbee/Cheraw

November 28, 2011, 11:08am (report abuse)

I completely agree with Tim W 100%!!!!

Elizabeth M

December 12, 2011, 3:46pm (report abuse)

Held in trust, recognized. do they understand what is going on theirselves? not for this one.. sorry

Alex I

March 28, 2012, 11:43pm (report abuse)

Wrongs must be righted. Why does the US government preache about rights when those six tribes have been deprived of them for centuries? When would our conscious come to life? Time for a recognition !!! or may be who pays for Birth Control pills is a more important issue for the congress to handle !!!

Kathleen K

May 5, 2012, 12:03pm (report abuse)

This Bill and its House equivalent (which is being held hostage by Frank Wolf who disguises his real motives by false claims he fears it will lead to "gambling" despite the truth and the surrender of their rightful claim to sovereignty by the tribes)MUST be passed. The recognition harms no interests of non-Indians, addresses an issue too long neglected, and is simple justice. SHAME on the legislators who do not act to pass this bill! But for what can only be racism and partisan politics, it would have been enacted years ago.

Sarah S

May 9, 2012, 1:08pm (report abuse)

Actually, Frank Wolf is no longer the biggest problem Kathleen K, Sentator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is (he believes they need to get the recognition through the BIA, which they cannot do).

Wolf supported this legislation during the last Congressional session. Granted, I do not believe the reason he gave to be the truth (he said it was because of an explicit section banning the tribes from ever opening casinos - a section that has been in the last SEVERAL versions of these bills).

Senator Coburn, on the other hand, put a hold on the bill during the last session which meant it could not be heard or voted on in the Senate. The House bill passed, but because others who asked for the hold to be lifted were ignored the Senate bill died.

Enough is enough! Give them federal recognition already!

Judy H

September 4, 2012, 8:50am (report abuse)

There are ZERO federally recognized Indian tribes in Virginia. That is a problem. Support S.379 and H.R. 783 to fix this problem.

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