Bill to Recognize Virginia Indian Tribes Passes House

Robert Wittman

A measure to recognize Virginia’s six tribes from Republican Representative Rob Wittman, seen here at a committee hearing in 2011, passed the House this week. (Credit: AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Virginia Indian tribes have been working to gain federal recognition since the 1970’s, so far unsuccessfully. But this week in Congress both the House and Senate took action that is giving supporters of the effort new hope. Michael Pope has the story.

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