Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia

Attorney: David L. Gover

After years of preparing the necessary historical, legal, genealogical and anthropological evidence to fully document its petition for federal acknowledgment, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, located on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation, Virginia, filed its petition with the Office of Federal Acknowledgment (OFA) on October 14, 2010. The Tribe received OFA’s letter of Technical Assistance (TA) in April, 2011 and a response to the TA letter was filed in July 2012. In late July 2012, OFA informed the Tribe that its petition was moved to the top of the “Ready” list, and active consideration commenced August 2012. A proposed finding by the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs was delayed by 90 days and is now anticipated in November 2013.

The Pamunkey Indian Tribe is the only tribe located in Virginia to have filed a fully documented recognition petition. Established no later than 1646, the Tribe’s Reservation is located next to the Pamunkey River, and adjacent to King William County. The Reservation comprises approximately 1,200 acres and is the oldest inhabited Indian reservation in America. NARF has represented the Tribe in this effort since 1988; and now is co-counsel on this matter with former NARF attorney Mark Tilden.

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