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Pamunkey Indian Tribe becomes first Va. tribe to win federal recognition
The Pamunkey Indian Tribe became the first Virginia Indian tribe to receive federal recognition, after about 35 years of petitioning the government.

The Pamunkey Tribe of southeastern King William County, Virginia, finally had their petition for Federal recognition approved! This is a big deal; Federal recognition means that the tribe is eligible for federal funding for housing, education, and health care. 

Congratulations, Pamunkey Indian Tribe! Hopefully, the decision will pave the way for Virginia’s other tribes.

They are the first Virginia tribe to receive Federal recognition. This is largely because many of the requirements for Federal recognition rely heavily on historical documentation; there needs to be evidence, in vital records like birth and marriage certificates that the people seeking Federal recognition both consider themselves Indian and were descended from Indians. That documentation was all destroyed or disallowed in Virginia, largely by the efforts of a white supremacist and eugenicist named Walter Plecker, a man whose work inspired similar policies in Nazi Germany. 

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In secret chemical weapons experiments conducted during World War II, the U.S. military exposed thousands of American troops to mustard gas.

When those experiments were formally declassified in the 1990s, the Department of Veterans Affairs made two promises: to locate about 4,000 men who were used in the most extreme tests, and to compensate those who had permanent injuries.

But the VA didn’t uphold those promises, an NPR investigation has found.

NPR interviewed more than 40 living test subjects and family members, and they describe an unending cycle of appeals and denials as they struggled to get government benefits for mustard gas exposure. Some gave up out of frustration.

In more than 20 years, the VA attempted to reach just 610 of the men, with a single letter sent in the mail. Brad Flohr, a VA senior adviser for benefits, says the agency couldn’t find the rest, because military records of the experiments were incomplete.

“There was no identifying information,” he says. “No Social Security numbers, no addresses, no … way of identifying them. Although, we tried.”

Yet in just two months, an NPR research librarian located more than 1,200 of them, using the VA’s own list of test subjects and public records.

The VA’s Broken Promise To Thousands Of Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas

Photo credits: (Top) Courtesy of Edgewood Arsenal; (center) Naval Research Laboratory; (bottom) Kristian Thacker for NPR

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The only character I have left to find a voice for is Matilda; She’s the adventurer of the group. Super prepared for everything, some would say over prepared. She’s excitable, with a medium-to-high sort of chirpy voice, but I’m looking for a natural sounding voice more than anything.

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*good luck with that one.

I would also be very interested in hearing any ad lib material, give you a chance to have fun with the character and get into her head a bit. 

Send your auditions along with any voice reels to PepperoniDeluxe@hotmail.com, even if you aren’t right for THIS part, I love getting in contact with talented voice actors. I’m not concerned with experience; if you’re are good for the part, then you’re good for the part. I am, however, concerned with mic/recording quality, so please send clean audio!

Deadline is July 10th, and I know for a fact that you all know somebody who enjoys voice acting so hit them up and help me find that voice!!


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In spite of everything that’s happened, I’ve never thought of myself that way. Being a victim means being powerless. That you won’t take action. Always, always I’ve done something to fight for myself for others. No matter what.

Gov’t health care: Veteran turned away at VA, ‘We’re not accepting new patients’

Remember, this is the single-payer, government-run healthcare that progressive liberals want for the United States.

From USA Today:

Iraq war veteran Chris Dorsey figured that no one would believe he had been turned away from a U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs clinic when he sought an appointment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

So when he went on Tuesday to another facility, the VA Oakwood, Georgia, Community Based Outpatient Clinic, he flipped on his smartphone camera.

On the video, Dorsey is heard waiting patiently in line for more than 5 minutes. When he reaches the check-in counter, he informs the desk he needs a transfer from the Athens, Georgia, VA system and an appointment.

The response?

“We’re not accepting any new patients — not this clinic,” the VA employee behind the desk says, without providing any extra information, assistance or guidance for treatment.

According to Dorsey, his previous experience– getting turned away at the VA clinic in Lawrenceville, Ga.,–prompted him to bring his camera to the Oakwood facility.

“I told my family about this stuff happening and they’ve said, ‘You are crazy, no one would do that.’ Well, the video explains it,” Dorsey said after posting the video on Facebook and Youtube.

Read the Rest (H/T: WZ)

The government promised this guy some health care, yet, when he went to get it, just like tens of thousands of other veterans, it was unavailable.

As usual, if you want costs to rise, service to stink, and all other competition eliminated, then by all means, get the government involved.