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Bill To Grant Federal Recognition Of Virginia Indian Tribes Introduced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner along with U.S. Congressmen Rob Wittman (R-01), Bobby Scott (D-03), Gerry Connolly (D-11), and Don Beyer  (D-08) reintroduced legislation to grant federal recognition to six Virginia Indian tribes. The bill, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2015, was introduced by Kaine and Wittman in the Senate and House, respectively.

Chumash Indians

At first considered a distinct linguistic stock, the Chumash are now included in the larger Hokan family.

Isleta Pueblo receives 89,978 acres of land into trust

As part of President Obama’s goal of placing half a million acres of tribal homelands into trust for the benefit of tribal nations, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has placed 89,978 acres of land into trust status for the Pueblo of Isleta. The Administration’s single largest trust acquisition to date brings to nearly 400,000 the total acreage placed in trust on behalf of federally recognized tribes since 2009.

Native hatcheries play a critical role in salmon recovery
November is Native American Heritage Month
Pamunkey Tribe receives $50,000 in HUD funding for new housing
Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama buys Sands Bethlehem Casino in Pennsylvania
Tulalip School Shooter’s Father Gets Two Years in Prison
Yurok Tribe blames pharmaceutical companies for opioid epidemic in federal lawsuit