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What Criteria Must Be Met for Federal Recognition of Tribal Status?
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Testimony of Theresa Rosier, Counselor to the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs

This document contains testimony from the U.S. Office of Federal Acknowledgment regarding its criteria for federal tribal recognition. American Indian tribes who are federally recognized are eligible for additional rights and "inherent sovereignty." …

Public Education: What is the State’s Responsibility ,

Deborah Sprenger

Public education remains one of the primary responsibilities shared between state and local government. The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia requires the General Assembly to provide a system of free public schools. That provision has been…

Virginia Department of Health,

Virginia Department of Health

The Virginia Department of Health has a comprehensive website with information on health-related issues ranging from disease outbreaks to restaurant inspections. Ever wondered why you have to get all those pesky shots before going to school? The Virginia Department of Health deals with issues that affect everyone, and its website shows the ways government influences our lives every day.

Virginia Public Access Project,

VPAP

The Virginia Public Access Project is a non-profit, non-partisan organization which strives to provide information to the public about Virginia campaign donations through computer technology. Their website offers maps of where legislator’s donations come from, the size of their donations, and lists of contributors. There is also information on lobbyists, donors, vendors, and committees. In addition to using the wealth of information on this site, students may benefit from comparing it to the Virginia State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Website. How does a private group’s portrayal of campaign financing differ from the government website?

Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2000 (Excerpt),

Congressman Jim Moran

Virginia Indian tribes have been working for federal tribal recognition status for many years. Federal recognition creates a system of government-to-government treaty and negotiation status. It also allows tribes to receive federal assistance for…

Indian Tribal Governmental Tax Status Act of 1982,

U.S. Government

Federal recognition of American Indian tribes grants a number of benefits relating to self-determination and self-government. There are also certain financial benefits to federal tribal recognition. This law outlines some tax-code benefits for…

Resources Committee Passes Moran Tribal Recognition Bill,

Office of Congressman Jim Moran

In this press release, Congressman Jim Moran discusses some of the history of tribal-government relations, the significance of federal tribal recognition, and the status of federal recognition of six Virginia tribes. The U.S. House of…

Aftermath of Immigration Resolution in Prince William County,

9500 Liberty

In July 2007, Prince William County supervisors passed a unanimous resolution to cut down on illegal immigration. The resolution involved increasing local police enforcement of immigration laws and denying public services to illegal immigrants.

State Recognition of Indian Tribes,

Virginia Council on Indians

The Virginia Council on Indians is responsible for determining whether a tribe meets the criteria for state recognition. Currently, there are eight state-recognized tribes. Tribal recognition grants rights relating to self-government and financial…

Wise Up Dominion! Mining Protest,

Joshua Kahn Russell

The photo documentation and first person narrative describe a protest in Wise County, Virginia against mining corporations and Dominion Power. This coalition of citizens consists of a local interest group working to change both public policy and an…