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Tax Tribute Ceremony


In this photo, "Governor Kaine and First Lady Holton accepted tribute from members of Virginia's native tribes at an annual ceremony. A treaty signed in 1646 calls for the tribes to make an annual offering to the Governor, traditionally the day before Thanksgiving, in lieu of paying taxes." The Mattaponi and Pamunkey are the original signatories of the 1646 treaty, and make the tribute at the Governor's mansion every year, although other tribes generally attend the ceremony.

The tax tribute ceremony is a ritualized event that shows one way Virginia's tribes relate to the state government. What are some other ways that today's American Indians relate to the local, state, and national governments?

Source: Tax Tribute Ceremony (Richmond, VA), 26 November 2008, Office of the Governor of Virgina (accessed December 20, 2008).

How to Cite This Source
Office of the Governor of Virginia, "Tax Tribute Ceremony," in Virginia Civics, Item #77, (accessed January 27, 2022).
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