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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs cancels business meeting and hearing
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs cancels business meeting and hearing (July 26, 2017)
Partisan bickering has once again derailed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Another pipeline affecting tribal communities heads toward final approval
Environment | National
Another pipeline affecting tribal communities heads toward final approval (July 26, 2017)
A natural gas pipeline that would run through North Carolina and Virginia has an unusually disproportionate impact on tribal communities.

Tribes break ground on monument to their history in Virginia's capitol
National | Federal Recognition
Tribes break ground on monument to their history in Virginia's capitol (June 26, 2017)
A new monument in Virginia will recognize the importance of the original tribal nations in the state.

Virginia tribes still pushing for federal recognition after 400 years
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Virginia tribes still pushing for federal recognition after 400 years (June 1, 2017)
Six tribes whose ancestors welcomed the first European settlers at Jamestown are inching closer to federal recognition.

House passes bill to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribes
National | Federal Recognition
House passes bill to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribes (May 18, 2017)
The tribes enjoy a long relationship with foreign nations but have yet to be acknowledged by the United States.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting
Business | Education | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting (May 17, 2017)
Legislation to bring more teachers to Indian Country, recognize the tribes whose ancestors welcomed the first European settlers and improve economic opportunities on reservations are advancing on Capitol Hill.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules business meeting
Business | Education | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules business meeting (May 15, 2017)
Lawmakers are taking action on bills to recruit and retain Native teachers, extend federal recognition to six tribes in Virginia and boost economic development in Indian Country.

Donald Trump's surprise FBI firing upends Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Health | Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's surprise FBI firing upends Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (May 10, 2017)
Partisan outrage over the sudden firing of the nation's top law enforcement official is affecting Indian Country's agenda on Capitol Hill.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to agenda
Education | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to agenda (May 8, 2017)
A bill to recruit and retain teachers in Indian Country, plus another to extend federal recognition to six tribe in Virginia, are on the agenda.

Editorial: Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia is long overdue
Opinion | Federal Recognition
Editorial: Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia is long overdue (March 24, 2017)
The recognition is overdue — in the extreme.

Lawmakers pushing for federal recognition of six tribes in Virginia
Federal Recognition
Lawmakers pushing for federal recognition of six tribes in Virginia (March 21, 2017)
The tribes were among the first to sign treaties with European nations and they helped the first European settlers survive at Jamestown.

Pro-Donald Trump group debuts ad about NFL team's racist mascot
Law | National | Politics | Sports
Pro-Donald Trump group debuts ad about NFL team's racist mascot (November 7, 2016)
The ad features an all-White, all-male group of football fans who are portrayed as having game day ruined by Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Native women and youth on 400-mile Potomac River Water Walk
Environment | National
Native women and youth on 400-mile Potomac River Water Walk (October 17, 2016)
Sharon Day: 'All the while, we’re speaking to that water. We’re telling the water how much we care about her.'

Supreme Court accepts case linked to NFL team's racist mascot
Law | National | Sports
Supreme Court accepts case linked to NFL team's racist mascot (September 29, 2016)
A lower court has yet to rule on the team's trademark fight against Native youth activists.

Editorial: Long overdue federal recognition for tribes in Virginia
Opinion | Federal Recognition
Editorial: Long overdue federal recognition for tribes in Virginia (September 22, 2016)
'It is time for the government to put this issue to rest and acknowledge the legitimacy of the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan and the Nansemond tribes.'

Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill
Politics | Federal Recognition
Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill (September 16, 2016)
Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe since 2000 but six tribes in Virginia and another in Montana think they have a shot this year.

House committee advances controversial federal recognition bill
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
House committee advances controversial federal recognition bill (September 9, 2016)
Indian Country and the Obama administration oppose H.R.3764 because it puts Congress solely in power of determining who gets federal recognition.

Virginia author credits Powhatan Tribe with inventing barbecue
Opinion
Virginia author credits Powhatan Tribe with inventing barbecue (August 29, 2016)
A new book counters the prevailing theory of how barbecue spread throughout the South.

Lobbyist Holly Cook Macarro raises big sums for Hillary Clinton
National | Politics
Lobbyist Holly Cook Macarro raises big sums for Hillary Clinton (July 20, 2016)
The Red Lake Nation citizen bundled $431,000 for the Hillary Victory Fund.

Virginia to dedicate marker at site of clashes with tribes in 1700s
National
Virginia to dedicate marker at site of clashes with tribes in 1700s (March 29, 2016)
According to historical sources, Shawnee warriors attacked European settlers at Kerr's Creek in 1759 and 1763.

Hillary Clinton wins another state as campaigns head to big vote
National | Politics
Hillary Clinton wins another state as campaigns head to big vote (February 29, 2016)
The Democratic and Republican candidates are turning their attention to one of the biggest days of the election cycle: the Super Tuesday primaries.

Pamunkey Tribe looks to a stronger future with federal recognition
National | Federal Recognition
Pamunkey Tribe looks to a stronger future with federal recognition (February 9, 2016)
The tribe is the 557th to be federally recognized in the nation and the first in Virginia with that status.

Roger Chelsey: Pamunkey Tribe clears final hurdle for recognition
Opinion | Federal Recognition
Roger Chelsey: Pamunkey Tribe clears final hurdle for recognition (February 4, 2016)
Bob Gray, chief of the Pamunkey Indians, knows tribal members should’ve worked ages ago to navigate the bureaucratic hurdles leading to federal designation.

Group concedes after defeat in Pamunkey Tribe recognition case
National | Federal Recognition
Group concedes after defeat in Pamunkey Tribe recognition case (February 2, 2016)
Stand Up For California was the only group that challenged the Virginia tribe's federal status.

Pamunkey Tribe wins IBIA decision in favor of federal recognition
National | Federal Recognition
Pamunkey Tribe wins IBIA decision in favor of federal recognition (February 1, 2016)
The Virginia-based tribe is set to become the 567 federally recognized tribe in the United States.

Washington mayor courts NFL team but won't use racist name
Politics | Sports
Washington mayor courts NFL team but won't use racist name (January 14, 2016)
Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) wants to lure the team back to the nation's capital despite its controversial symbol.

Little Shell Tribe still waiting for decision on federal recognition
Federal Recognition
Little Shell Tribe still waiting for decision on federal recognition (December 7, 2015)
The tribe thought its struggle was over when the Clinton administration issued a favorable finding in 2000 but the Obama administration reversed course in 2009.

Virginia tribes continue to pay tribute required by 1677 treaty
National
Virginia tribes continue to pay tribute required by 1677 treaty (November 25, 2015)
The Pamunkey Tribe and the Upper Mattaponi Tribe presented two deer, pottery, a bracelet and a bolo tie to Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).

Pamunkey Tribe faces challenge to federal recognition decision
Law | National | Federal Recognition
Pamunkey Tribe faces challenge to federal recognition decision (October 9, 2015)
An anti-Indian group on the other side of the country filed an appeal that will delay the Virginia tribe's federal status.

House subcommittee embraces two tribal federal recognition bills
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
House subcommittee embraces two tribal federal recognition bills (September 30, 2015)
Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe in more than a decade but that could be changing as two bills saw widespread support at a hearing.

House subcommittee takes up two federal recognition measures
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
House subcommittee takes up two federal recognition measures (September 28, 2015)
Congress has not passed a stand-alone federal recognition bill since the mid-1990s but two measures seem to be gaining momentum.

Congress returns to work and takes action on tribal measures
Law | National | Politics
Congress returns to work and takes action on tribal measures (September 21, 2015)
A bill to benefit an Alaska Native health corporation and another for the Navajo Nation are ready for President Barack Obama's signature.

Author of book about tribes in Virginia murdered at university
Education | Law
Author of book about tribes in Virginia murdered at university (September 15, 2015)
History professor Ethan Schmidt was shot and killed in his office at Delta State University in Mississippi.

Tribal college students participate in NASA challenge in Virginia
Education | National | Technology
Tribal college students participate in NASA challenge in Virginia (September 1, 2015)
A delegation from Chief Dull Knife College on the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Montana sent scientific experiments into space.

DC council member doesn't want racist name tied to stadium deal
Politics | Sports
DC council member doesn't want racist name tied to stadium deal (August 26, 2015)
Officially, the District of Columbia Council has called on the Washington NFL team to get rid of a mascot considered to be 'racist and derogatory.'

NFL team won't give up racist name in exchange for stadium
Sports
NFL team won't give up racist name in exchange for stadium (August 18, 2015)
Preliminary talks are underway for potential sites in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., but the team's president said the racist mascot isn't on the table.

Pamunkey Tribe enters federal recognition era with new chief
National | Federal Recognition
Pamunkey Tribe enters federal recognition era with new chief (August 4, 2015)
Kevin Brown stepped down as chief after the tribe won a favorable decision from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Another sentence in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption scandal
Law
Another sentence in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption scandal (July 30, 2015)
Larry Ray Denny abandoned his job at the Bureau of Land Management in Virginia in order to work for the tribe in Montana.

Virginia governor seems less interested in hosting NFL team
Politics | Sports
Virginia governor seems less interested in hosting NFL team (July 22, 2015)
Officials in Virginia and Washington, D.C., are trying to lure the team with the racist mascot away from its current home in Maryland.

Pamunkey Tribe faces big hurdle in placing reservation into trust
Federal Recognition | Trust
Pamunkey Tribe faces big hurdle in placing reservation into trust (July 13, 2015)
The tribe resides on a 1,200-acre reservation that was set aside in the 1600s but it's not yet considered Indian Country.

Editorial: Long overdue federal recognition for Pamunkey Tribe
Opinion | Federal Recognition
Editorial: Long overdue federal recognition for Pamunkey Tribe (July 10, 2015)
Recognition for the Pamunkeys, in addition to being the right thing to do, represents another repudiation of William Plecker’s bestial racism, and the Virginia government’s.

Washington NFL team plans to appeal decision in trademark case
Law | National | Sports
Washington NFL team plans to appeal decision in trademark case (July 9, 2015)
The long-running dispute isn't over as the team vows to win by taking the case to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge backs Native youth in battle over NFL team's racist mascot
Law | National | Sports
Judge backs Native youth in battle over NFL team's racist mascot (July 8, 2015)
A federal judge rejected a slew of challenges raised by the Washington professional football organization.

Ex-BLM official sentenced in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case
Law
Ex-BLM official sentenced in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case (July 8, 2015)
The probe reached all the way to a Bureau of Land Management office in Virginia where two former employees were convicted.

Two face sentencing as part of Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case
Law
Two face sentencing as part of Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case (July 7, 2015)
The probe reached all the way to a Bureau of Land Management office in Virginia where two employees have been convicted of crimes.

Conservative group to file class action lawsuit to challenge ICWA
Law | National
Conservative group to file class action lawsuit to challenge ICWA (July 6, 2015)
The Goldwater Institute claims Indian children are being hurt by compliance with the 1978 law.

Editorial: Other tribes in Virginia deserve federal recognition too
Opinion | Federal Recognition
Editorial: Other tribes in Virginia deserve federal recognition too (July 3, 2015)
For Virginia’s American Indian tribes, July 2 likely will go down in history as a red letter, to be remembered as the day the first Virginia tribe gained official recognition from the federal government.

Pamunkey Tribe wins final federal recognition decision from BIA
National | Federal Recognition
Pamunkey Tribe wins final federal recognition decision from BIA (July 2, 2015)
The tribe is the first in Virginia to complete the federal acknowledgment process.

Virginia tribes hindered by racist policies created by one man
Law | National | Federal Recognition
Virginia tribes hindered by racist policies created by one man (July 1, 2015)
Walter Ashby Plecker spent 34 years systematically erasing the Indian identity of thousands of tribal members as head of the Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Secretary Sally Jewell reaffirms opposition to racist mascot
Politics | Sports
Secretary Sally Jewell reaffirms opposition to racist mascot (July 1, 2015)
The mayor of D.C. is trying to lure the Washington NFL team back to the nation's capital.

Leader of Monacan Nation passes on after fight with liver cancer
Health | National | Federal Recognition
Leader of Monacan Nation passes on after fight with liver cancer (June 24, 2015)
Sharon Bryant was the first woman to lead the tribe. She was 54.

Leader of Monacan Nation diagnosed with terminal liver cancer
Health | National | Federal Recognition
Leader of Monacan Nation diagnosed with terminal liver cancer (June 3, 2015)
Sharon Bryant, the first woman to serve as chief, spent most of her first term focusing on federal recognition for her people.

County board calls on NFL team to eliminate its racist mascot
Politics | Sports
County board calls on NFL team to eliminate its racist mascot (May 20, 2015)
The Arlington County Board in Virginia joins the District of Columbia Council in opposing the use of a racial slur in professional sports.

Chief of Chickahominy Tribe eyes seat in Virginia Legislature
Politics | Federal Recognition
Chief of Chickahominy Tribe eyes seat in Virginia Legislature (May 19, 2015)
Stephen Adkins is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 74th district in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Sen. Kaine optimistic on success for tribal recognition measure
Politics
Sen. Kaine optimistic on success for tribal recognition measure (April 14, 2015)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved the bill last month so it could head to the Senate floor at any time.

Editorial: Pamunkey Tribe deserves federal status despite past
Opinion | Federal Recognition
Editorial: Pamunkey Tribe deserves federal status despite past (April 8, 2015)
The Pamunkeys dispute the idea that the tribe discriminated against African-Americans and say some tribe members have black spouses.

Student newspaper apologizes for 'Trail of Schmears' fake story
Education | National
Student newspaper apologizes for 'Trail of Schmears' fake story (April 2, 2015)
The parody made light of a recent race-related incident involving an African-American student.

Editorial: Right a historical wrong and recognize Pamunkey Tribe
Opinion | Federal Recognition
Editorial: Right a historical wrong and recognize Pamunkey Tribe (April 2, 2015)
The Pamunkey tribe was keeping its collective fingers crossed, hoping they would hear good news Tuesday. Sadly, they didn’t.

Pamunkey Tribe refutes criticism of federal recognition petition
Federal Recognition
Pamunkey Tribe refutes criticism of federal recognition petition (April 1, 2015)
An opposition group submitted a letter just last week even though the comment period closed in September 2014.

BIA delays ruling on Pamunkey Tribe federal recognition petition
Federal Recognition
BIA delays ruling on Pamunkey Tribe federal recognition petition (March 30, 2015)
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn needs four months to work on the final determination.

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