Vincent Schilling
Assistant Chief Bob Gray, left, and Pumunkey Tribal Chief Kevin Brown have waited a long time to see their tribe gain federal recognition and now they are almost there.

Video: Pamunkey Tribe Steps Closer to Federal Recognition

Vincent Schilling

On January 17, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced the Pamunkey Indian Tribe had become one step closer to becoming the first tribe from Virginia to be federally recognized.

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On a cold winter day, we traveled to the Pamunkey Reservation to get a feel for what the tribe is experiencing in the aftermath of a positive preliminary finding.

Pamunkey Chief Kevin Brown expressed feelings among his tribal members are mixed, but that the decision made by Washburn weeks ago is a huge deal.

Asst. Chief Bob Gray and tribal member Joyce Krigsvold also weighed in on the matter that is inciting serious change and regard for Virginia Indian tribes still fighting for federal recognition.

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Submitted by sweetgrass777 on
Good for you guys. But tell the real truth Chief Brown. The fact that many of the Virgina tribes mixed with "Blacks" was a big hurdle. We know the Pamunkey tried to color correct itself with time. So needless to say if you get Fed Rec. use it wisely.