Earlier today, Governor McDonnell ceremonially signed a proclamation designating November as Virginia Indian Heritage Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia at a ceremony in Richmond. The signing took place at Virginia's annual Tribal Consultation Meeting, chaired by the Secretary of Natural Resources, Doug Domenech.
"Virginia's First People are not only an important part of Virginia's history and heritage. They are vibrant participants in our society today," said the Governor McDonnell. "It has been a great honor for me to know and work with these leaders."
The governor joined the secretary, along with chiefs or their representatives from ten of Virginia's 11 state-recognized tribes, and leaders of state agencies to discuss government to government issues, ranging from updating published and video tribal histories produced by the Virginia Department of Education, Historic Resources, and VDOT, updating the Story of Virginia exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society museum, and discussing the advantages of be registered as an 8A Small Business.
Virginia's Tribes include: The Chickahominy Tribe, the Eastern Chickahominy Tribe, the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Tribe, the Mattaponi Tribe, the Monacan Tribe, the Nottoway Tribe, the Pamunkey Tribe, the Patawomeck Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, and the Upper Mattaponi Tribe.