I’ve taken a short break from posting because I’ve been busy studying for the GRE exam in addition to working and taking a French class. But, I couldn’t help myself from mentioning that today the Senate on Indian Affairs committee is voting on S. 1178, legislation to extend federal recognition to six Virginia tribes: the Chickahominy Indian Tribe (my tribe), the Chicahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc. the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe. The committee is also voting on S. 1735, which would extend federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. I am thinking good thoughts and sending positive vibes to the committee and to my cousin, Steve Adkins, the Chief of our tribe. We deserve this…it is owed to us…now do the right thing! We were the “first to welcome” and are (one of) the “last to be recognized.” If you want to know more about our fight for federal recognition and why the battle has taken so long, go here and read about Walter Ashby Plecker and the Racial Integrity Act of 1924.