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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I’d gone to have cocktails at Ruth’s Chris Steak House with a couple of friends from the neighborhood and as we pulled in to park, this 1968 Jaguar E-Type pulled in to park.

Given this one’s birthday, it’s a Series 1, which was designed for export. Moreover, the major design change was for the hood latches to be on the inside rather than outside.

The owner, after graciously consenting to some photographs, told me that this was a daily driver. He’d been to Home Depot earlier in the day. I can’t imagine that you can fit a lot of home improvement materials into a car like this, but I’d be up for riding along, just to watch. And ride, of course.


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Located on the southern coast of Virginia, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge provides feeding and resting habitat for migratory birds. The usfws refuge contains over 9,250 acres, situated on a thin strip of coastline typical of barrier islands found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Habitats include beach, dunes, woodland, farm fields and freshwater marsh. Photo by Tyrone Singletary (www.sharetheexperience.org).

A lightning strike illuminates Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. This photo was taken a few years ago from the South Rim of the canyon by the Watchtower. Photo by Travis Roe (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Kara Wall snapped this cute pic of two baby sea turtles snuggling at Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida. Five different types of sea turtles are found in the waters of south Florida, and Dry Tortugas is famous for the abundance of sea turtles that annually nest in the area. Photo from www.sharetheexperience.org.

These two cuddly fox kits were spotted at Acadia National Park in Maine. National Park Service photo.

A gem in America’s Pacific Northwest is the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon. Called an amazing treasure, Cascade Siskiyou covers more than 62,000 acres and is best known for the unique landscapes created by the convergence of species from the high deserts of the Northern Great Basin to the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Coast. Photo by Bob Wick, mypubliclands.

Clementina Rind (circa 1740-1774)

Art by Caitlin (tumblr, esty, facebook)

In 1766, Virginia Gazette editor William Rind was hired as the public printer for the Virginia House of Burgesses.  After William’s death in 1773, his widow Clementina took over his work and became Virginia’s first female printer.  Rival printers challenged Clementina’s inherited status as the colony’s public printer, but when the matter was put to a vote by the legislature, Clementina won by an overwhelming majority.

Under Clementina’s leadership, the paper published local, national, and international news as well as information about scientific advancements and educational opportunities.  Clementina’s paper made a special effort to appeal to female readers with vignettes about life in Europe and the other colonies.  She also printed submissions from female readers which included poetry and prose.

In 1774, Clementina published the first copies of Thomas Jefferson’s A Summary View of the Rights of British America.  This controversial tract argued that the thirteen colonies had been independent since their founding and therefore owed no taxes to the British Crown.  The pamphlet was widely republished and it helped establish Thomas Jefferson as an important statesman.

Soon after the publication of A Summary View of the Rights of British America, Clementina became ill and died.  She left behind five children.  According to her obituary, Clementina was “a Lady of singular Merit, and universally esteemed.”