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Native America Calling: A first for tribal justice in Virginia
Wednesday, January 17, 2024

A first for tribal justice in Virginia
The Upper Mattaponi Tribe has reached a major milestone toward solidifying its federally recognized status.

Doors opened this month to Virginia’s first tribal court system, handling civil cases including child custody proceedings and misdemeanor criminal cases. Join Native America Calling to hear about the milestone and put it in context of the legal system in Virginia.

Plus, we’ll remember the life and career of longtime journalist Gary Fife (Muscogee), who died this week.

Guests on Native America Calling
Chief Frank Adams (Upper Mattaponi)

Chief Keith Anderson (Nansemond)

Vice Chairman Jacob Tsotigh (Kiowa)

Melissa Holds the Enemy (Apsáalooké and Absentee Shawnee), chief justice for the Upper Mattaponi and associate justice of the supreme court for the Kiowa Tribe

Angel Ellis (citizen of the Muscogee Nation), director of Mvskoke Media, treasurer for the Indigenous Journalists Association, and Oklahoma Media Center board member

Sterling Cosper (citizen of the Muscogee Nation), Mvskoke Media editorial board president and Indigenous Journalists Association membership manager

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