Tribal Nations Update

Addressing Racism

Six Virginia Tribal Nations – the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock, Nansemond and Monacan – just secured Federal Recognition, having chosen “to seek recognition through Congress rather than the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Federal Acknowledgment.” For over twenty years Tribal leadership and legislators (along with members of the BYM IAC) labored to secure this government-to-government acknowledgement that opens opportunities that include education, repatriation, and health care. Now too, the work of FCNL is applicable to 573 Federally Recognized Tribal Nations. Let’s continue the conversation of sovereignty! Contact the First Contact Reconciliation Collaborative and/ or go to PYM ConnectAddressing Racism forum. (pictured: Tribal Leadership and VA Legislators)

An original post by Michael Martz appeared in the Jan 29, 2018