Timothy M. Kaine

U.S. officially recognizes Pamunkey tribe

U.S. officially recognizes Pamunkey tribe

KING WILLIAM – The federal government has officially extended recognition to the Pamunkey Indian tribe, whose members have lived in King William County since the before European colonization.

It is the first Virginia tribe to achieve such recognition.

In the wake of the announcement Pamunkey Indian Chief Kevin Brown, who has helped the tribe's 30-year quest for such recognition, tendered his resignation as chief.

“Its been a long hard road in getting the federal recognition, and I’m passing the torch to another member,” he said, adding that it is time forsomeone else to take up their own cause to advance the tribe.

Under Pamunky law,...