Rappahannock Tribe

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced two budget proposals aimed towards protecting Virginia’s natural resources and sites of cultural significance for people of color, including Black and Indigenous communities. Northam is proposing $10 million to create the  Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Conservation Fund. The funding would be put towards...
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Chief Anne at Fones Cliffs
It seems like a small thing to grant. After a 414-year land grab, the Commonwealth of Virginia is giving federally recognized tribes some say-so in what happens on land that was taken from them. Last month, Gov. Ralph Northam signed an order that will at last give Native Americans some control of that land....
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Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Thursday signedan order requiring state agencies to consult with Virginia Indian tribes before making decisions that affect land, waterways and other natural sites important to Indigenous peoples. That means tribal leadership will have a say in development that could disturb, for example, ancient burial grounds before showdowns between bulldozers and...
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Soon after Captain John Smith arrived at Jamestown in 1607, or so the story goes, he was captured by Opechancanough, the brother of the powerful Native chief Powhatan. English explorers wrote that Powhatan controlled a domain spanning much of what is now Virginia, from the state’s Piedmont region to the coast.
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