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Federal Recognition
Senate panel to consider Virginia recognition bill


The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is expected take up a bill to recognize six Virginia tribes within the next two weeks, a spokesman for Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia) said.

The committee held a hearing on S.480 on June 22. Some members expressed concerns about extending legislative recognition to the tribes. The Bureau of Indian Affairs said the tribe should go through the administrative process.

The bill is set for a markup and vote in the coming weeks, the Moran spokesperson said.

Get the Story:
A step to sanction? (The Hampton Roads Daily Press 7/19)

Virginia Recognition Bill:
Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act (H.R.3349)

Rappahannock Recognition Bill:
To extend Federal recognition to the Rappahannock Tribe (H.R.5130

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