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Federal Recognition
Letter: Indians are the Palestinians of Virginia


"I don't understand why white people in the commonwealth are so afraid of the native people obtaining federal recognition. This state has done everything within its power to kill off its native population, yet we survive.

I am so tired of hearing that all we want is a casino and the "evils" that are associated with it. How two-faced the forked-tongued white man is!

We have legal gambling in this state, with the state-owned lottery and horse racing. No tribe has plans for a casino. What we want is the legal recognition that we have been denied and the respect associated with being recognized.

My tribe--the Chickahominy (I am an enrolled member)--had a reservation, but that, too, was taken from us in the 1700s.

We are the Palestinians of Virginia, a people in their homeland without legal recognition."

Get the Story:
Kerry W. Canaday: Give Virginia Indians a fair deal (The Federicksburg 10/14)

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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