Native Law & Policy

The blog was created by the law firm of Walker Law LLC, whose founder, Elizabeth T. Walker (Liz), has been assisting six of the Virginia Indian Tribes with their quest for Federal Recognition through Congress. Various members of the Tribes will be contributing to the blog, including Wayne Adkins the current president of VITAL that is the non profit organization created to promote the efforts to achieve sovereignty or the Acknowledgement by the Federal Government of the Tribes' sovereign status.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Last Day in England-Celebration of New Relationships.

Tired and relieved to have a day free to tour, the Virginia Indians following two busy days visiting schools in Kent County, boarded a bus for a day in London. The Tribal Leaders, left for London too, but for formal dipolmatic visits with the Houses of Parliment that included a lunch with the Speaker of the House of Commons, Michael Martin, and a visit to the British Museum and the work of artist John White, (the only known drawings of Native people in the eastern region of the United states in the early 17th century).

At the end of touring on one of the hottest days this summer, the Virginia Indians celebrated their trip with a reception and dinner. It began with the drum and native singing - it was a very happy occassion. The love and friendship between the British host and the Virginia Indians was outwardly apparent. Alex King, Deputy Leader, of the Kent Colunty Council, was given by the Chiefs his Indian name, "Dream maker" . He was credited with fullfuling on what at one time seemed an impossible dream, and then taking the dream beyond what anyone could have imagined possible. Mr. King, was given a Virginia Indian headdress.

Mr. King told how proud and honored he and the other organizers had been been by the new relationships with the Virginia Tribes and he knew this would carry on long into the future. He stated "this is the end of the beginning not the beginning of the end."

The Tribal leaders, all shared their thanks and appreciation for the trip to Mr. King and the many others such as Rebecca Cassion and Steven Dukes. They acknowledged the significance of the trip in bringing unity between the Tribes and the British Government. Wayne Adkins gave on behalf of the Tribes a dreamcatcher to Rebecca Casson, as a symbol of how the circle of the dream continues to renew with new bonds and relationsships. Assistent Chief Warren Cook, presented special gifts hand made at the Pumunkey Reservation.

In the end, Mr. King, pledged his support in helping the Tribes accomplish their goals of receiving their long overdue Recognition from the United States government. "It is something we must do".

The evening ended, in the spirit, of love, unity, joy and appreciation.

Behold how good and how pleasnt it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!...for there the Lord commanded the blessing...Psalms 133.

3 Comments:

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Miladysa said...

I stumbled across your blog by accident and have found it very interesting. I must admit that living in the North of England I have not seen any coverage of your visit - has there been any national coverage in our press here?

I sincerely wish you success.

 
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At 8:08 AM, Blogger David Richardson said...

I am a paralegal student at the University of Richmond researching tribal sovereignty concerning senate bill 480. My capstone project is federal recognition of Virginia Indian Tribes.

Because of documentary genocide in the forties Virginia tribes are seeking federal legislation rather than the BIA process.

I have constructed a blog (http://jurisprudence-va-indians.blogspot.com/) to create a forum of legal students and professionals to discuss the facts and issues surrounding the Virginia Indian tribe’s efforts.

All are invited to participate in this discussion.

 

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