Reps. Refloat Bill To Give Va. Tribes Federal Recognition

Law360, New York (February 7, 2017, 7:58 PM EST) -- A bipartisan group of five congressmen from Virginia reintroduced a bill Tuesday that would bestow federal recognition on six tribes already recognized by the state, saying the tribes face roadblocks to federal recognition because their history goes back beyond the formation of the United States.

The Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017 would allow Virginia's Chickahominy Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, the Monacan Indian Nation and the Nansemond Indian Tribe to bypass the often lengthy, expensive and uncertain federal recognition process through the U.S. Department of...

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