The Senate has signed, and sent to the President’s desk, a bill to recognize six Indian tribes in Virginia. This would allow the tribes access to federal funds for medical care, housing and education. The tribes are the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan and the Nansemond tribes.
Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner supported the bill and passed a surprise unanimous vote today. From the Washington Post:
“Boy oh boy, this is the day we get things right on a civil rights basis, on a moral basis and on a fairness basis,” Warner said on the floor.