Sunday, August 10, 2008

Virginia Indians Classified as a Race

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will dedicate a marker this week to recount the ambush of Indian leaders. This incident occured during the 1623 peace parley with English Soldiers.

One of the speakers is Pamunky Indian Chief William P. Miles.

It is interesting to note that newly released data from the United States Census Bureau on population in Central Virginia includes 20 cities and counties. The Census Bureau label the Virginia Indians as American Indian/Alaska Native. The Indian race account for .35% of the population in Central Virginia.

These 2007 statitics not only verify Indians still exits, but classify them as a race and not ethinic group. View the full report in the Richmond Times Dispatch, August 10, 2008 edition, section A15, titled, Diversity by the numbers.