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Indian tribe official to discuss federal recognition

Wayne Adkins, first assistant chief of the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, will discuss how federal tribal recognition is defined, what is required to obtain it, and why a tribe might want it at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 3, meeting at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock, as part of the Sundays at Two discussion series.

Adkins has been active in the Chickahominy Tribe since he became eligible for enrollment as a full member when he was 16. He has been a member of the Chickahominy Tribal Council since 1996 and was elected to first assistant chief in June 2011, serving as second assistant chief prior to that. He is also grant project director for the tribe.

Adkins worked for years along with members of five other Virginia tribes (Chickahominy-Eastern, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock, Monacan, Nansemond) in seeking federal recognition. Federal recognition was approved on January 29, 2018 when President Trump signed the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017. Among other things, the statute gives the tribes a greater ability to enforce their own laws and manage their own lands, makes each tribe and its members eligible for services provided by the federal government for Indians, and prohibits the tribes from conducting gaming activities.

There will be time for questions and coffee following the talk.

posted 02.28.2019

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