Pamunkey tribe awaits acknowledgement: The plight of Virginia’s first people to claim their place in history
| By Dyáni Brown |
The Pamunkey Tribe has one of the oldest reservations in the Unites States and is the first of six Virginia tribes to receive Federal acknowledgement. On July 2, 2015, the Bureau of Indian Affairs confirmed Pamunkey as the nation’s 567th Federally Recognized tribe.
“I’m just glad to be here to introduce Pamunkey Tribe,” Assistant Chief Robert Gray said in an July interview filmed for FNX | First Nations Experience.
However, his eagerness to implement health, education, and housing housing improvement programs for tribal members was halted when Stand Up California, an anti-Indian gaming nonprofit filed a challenge to BIA’s decision on October 8, last day of the appeals period.