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Federal Recognition
Groups call for changes to Virginia recognition bill


The Virginia Moose Association and the Virginia Elks Association are seeking changes to the Senate bill that would recognize six Virginia tribes.

The groups say they aren't opposed to federal recognition for the Nansemond, Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock and Monacan tribes. But they want to ensure the tribes can't offer gaming in the future.

The bill is sponsored by Sens. John W. Warner and George Allen, both Repubilcans. There is no companion bill in the House yet.

Get the Story:
Opposition expressed against Indian bill (The Suffolk News Herald 7/6)

Get the Bill:
The Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2005 (S.480)

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