Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tribal G8

President-elect Obama outlined a number of steps to give the issues facing the Indian community some attention. He has pledged to appoint an American Indian Policy advisor to his senior White House staff.

He has proposed an annual "Tribal G8" meeting of national Tribal leaders to develop an Indian policy agenda. Obama has continuously upheld Tribal sovereignty through support of policies for self-determination and self-governance, and has indicated support for legal protection of sacred places and cultural traditions.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mark Warner

Senator Jim Webb endorsed a bill to grant federal recognition to six Indian tribes in Virginia. The Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2007 was approved in May and never voted upon. A new bill must be reintroduced in the new session of Congress.

New hope is on the horizon with a new minority President-elect all things are possible.

On-board to support the Virginia tribes is Jim Moran, Jim Webb, and Tim Kane. Senator-elect Mark Warner has been support in the past. In 1999 he help to support both Houses of the Virginia General Assembly adopt resolutions embracing federal recognition.

If the Virginia tribes are to be successful addressing senators Byron Dorgan and Lisa Murkowski, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, a consorted effort on the part of Virginia leaders will be needed.