Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia

Attorney: David L. Gover

In an historic day for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, on July 2, 2015, after decades of research and participation in the federal acknowledgment regulatory process, the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior published a Final Determination acknowledging that the tribe exists as an Indian tribe within the meaning of federal law.

The Pamunkey Indian Tribe, located on the Pamunkey Homeland in Virginia, has a rich and well-documented history. 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. After years of preparing the necessary historical, legal, genealogical, and anthropological evidence to fully document its petition for federal acknowledgment, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe filed its petition with the Office of Federal Acknowledgment on October 14, 2010.

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