McEachin Supports Federal Recognition of Virginia’s Indian Tribes

July 12, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced his steadfast support for H.R. 984, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017, the bill that will recognize Virginia’s six Native American tribes. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that implementing the Senate counterpart to H.R. 984 would cost $67 million over the next four years.

Congressman McEachin proudly cosponsored and voted for H.R. 984 when it passed the House of Representatives earlier this year. He continues to be an ardent supporter of the bill as it moves through the Senate.

“Native American tribes across the country have faced many injustices and barriers to receive the resources they need. I’m pleased to see the incredible progress we have made to ensure equality for all Americans, but, in some ways, Virginia’s Native American tribes are still treated like second-class citizens,” said Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04). “There are far too many times when members of Virginia’s tribes are denied access to resources they need and deserve because they are not recognized by the federal government. It is long past time to rectify this wrong. Federal recognition will get these tribes access to needed health and child welfare benefits, but also get them long overdue recognition, equality and acceptance.”

Virginia’s Native American tribes are not officially recognized by the federal government, due to small technicalities in treaties signed prior to the Revolutionary War. When this bill becomes law, the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock, Monacan and Nansemond would join 562 other federally recognized tribes.

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