Friday, November 15, 2013

Governor McDonnell Signs Proclamation Designating November as Virginia Indian Heritage Month

Chiefs of Virginia’s State-Recognized Tribes Gather at Annual Consultation Meeting

Pictured from L to R: Upper Mattaponi Tribal Vice Chief Frank Adams, Upper Mattaponi  Council Member Jay Gillespie, Cheroenhaka Nottoway Tribal Vice Chief Ellis “Soaring Eagle” Wright, Cheroenhaka Nottoway Tribal Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown, Bill Leighty, Decide Smart LLC, Monacan Tribal Chief Sharon Bryant, Eastern Chickahominy Tribal Chief Gene Adkins, Representative of the Pamunkey Tribe Kevin Krigsvold, Governor Bob McDonnell, Upper Mattaponi  Tribal Chief Kenneth Adams, Pattawomeck Tribal Chief John Lightener, Chikahominy Tribal Asst. Chief Wayne Atkins, Nottoway Tribal Chief Lynette Allston, Doug Domenech, Secretary of Natural Resources, Karenne Wood, Director of Virginia Indian Programs , Monacan Council Member Brenda Garrison , Kathleen Kilpatrick, Director of the Department of Historic Resources, Besty Barton, History and Social Science Specialist, Virginia Department of Education
Not pictured: Rappahannock Tribal Chief Anne Richardson

(Photo Courtesy of Michaele White, Governor’s Photographer)

RICHMOND – Earlier today, Governor McDonnell ceremonially signed a proclamation designating November as Virginia Indian Heritage Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia at a ceremony in Richmond.  The signing took place at Virginia’s annual Tribal Consultation Meeting, chaired by the Secretary of Natural Resources, Doug Domenech.

“Virginia’s First People are not only an important part of Virginia’s history and heritage.  They are vibrant participants in our society today,” said the Governor McDonnell.   “It has been a great honor for me to know and work with these leaders.”

The governor joined the secretary, along with chiefs or their representatives from ten of Virginia’s 11 state-recognized tribes, and leaders of state agencies to discuss government to government issues, ranging from updating published and video tribal histories produced by the Virginia Department of Education, Historic Resources, and VDOT, updating the Story of Virginia exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society museum, and discussing the advantages of being registered as an 8A Small Business.

Virginia’s Tribes include:  The Chickahominy Tribe, the Eastern Chickahominy Tribe, the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Tribe, the Mattaponi Tribe, the Monacan Tribe, the Nottoway Tribe, the Pamunkey Tribe, the Patawomeck Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, and the Upper Mattaponi Tribe.

Text of the proclamation can be found online

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