Tribal Cultural Resource Office

Rappahannock Tribe Consultation Policy Nov. 19, 2021

Note: This is an evolving document, if you are using it for consultation please check with the Tribe directly to ensure you are using the most updated version.

Consultation Fee Schedule: $65 per hour

EXCERPT: To a considerable degree, legal documents and guidance govern the experiences tribes have in the consultation and mitigation processes. The Rappahannock Tribe would like to see these documents developed along the following principles:
1. It is of great concern to the Rappahannock Tribe that initial project planning and the development of Programmatic Agreements and Memoranda of Agreement prioritize:
a. The maintenance and improvement of environmental conditions, particularly clean water, clean soil, and healthy floral and faunal species;
b. The avoidance of cultural resources, particularly prehistoric and historic Native American resources;
c. The careful mitigation of cultural resources if impacts are unavoidable;
d. Interpretation of any discovered resources to affected tribes, local communities, and regional leadership; and
e. Inclusion of tribal governmental bodies, initiatives like Return to the River, tribal monitoring, and tribal representatives as appropriate to ensure meaningful tribal participation in the process.

Click HERE for our full consultation policy.

Programs & Services
  • Consults with federal, state, and local agencies and non-profits on issues pertaining to cultural resource advocacy and protection.
  • Engages with research professionals regarding the historical homeland of the Rappahannock Tribe.
  • Partner with the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay, The Chesapeake Conservancy, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the Defining the Rappahannock Indigenous Cultural Landscape

Prepared By:
Scott M. Strickland
Julia A. King
G. Anne Richardson
Martha McCartney
Virginia R. Busby
With Contributions From:
The Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia
G. Anne Richardson, Chief
Cochise Fortune
Faye Fortune
Col. John Fortune (USA, ret.)
Judith Fortune
Mark Fortune
Dana Mulligan
Barbara B. Williams

Cultural Resource Links & Contacts

JOBS for Indigenous Students

Werowocomoco Ancestral Lands Individual Placement Lead

The Werowocomoco Ancestral Lands Individual Placement Lead is a team member of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail based at Colonial National Historical Park (Colonial NHP) in Jamestown, Virginia. The National Park Service staff at the Chesapeake Trail, with assistance from Colonial NHP are responsible for the protection of Werowocomoco in Gloucester VA. National Park Service staff in consultation with seven tribal partners is gathering information about Werowocomoco, understanding it as a Native place, and preparing Werowocomoco to open to the public. Click HERE for full job description

Title: Werowocomoco Ancestral Lands Individual Placement Lead 

Location: Based out of Jamestown, VA (work locations to include Yorktown and Gloucester, VA with some other work-related training opportunities that may require additional travel) 

Estimated Position Dates: 50-52 weeks with an estimated start date in February 2022 

Status: This is a full-time, 1700 hour AmeriCorps National Service position.

Preference will be given to qualified Native American candidates

For more information, please contact:

Rappahannock Tribe cultural resource partners include the University of Mary Washington Department of History and American Studies, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Department of Anthropology, and the American Indian & Indigenous Community Center at Virginia Tech.

I may have found important cultural resources on or near my property. Who should I notify? A good place to start is asking for help at the local level. County libraries, museums, and governments often have reliable information about the history of your region. Contact a Virginia Indian Tribe if you think they are Native American, or more generally the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Historic Resources at (804) 482-6446.

I live in the Lower Rappahannock watershed. Can I get assistance with a living shoreline, rain garden, pollinator garden, or oyster restoration?

Contact Friends of the Rappahannock Tidal River Steward Anne Self
Tappahannock Office
(804) 443-3448