US Recognition of 6 Va. Tribes Advances

The long battle to gain federal recognition of six Indian tribes in Virginia is moving forward.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved the legislation
on Thursday, according to Virginia's U.S. senators, Democrats Jim
Webb and Mark Warner.

They said the committee's approval is the final stop before a full Senate vote on the federal recognition act.

The six tribes have had state recognition for nearly three decades.

Rep. Jim Moran has introduced companion legislation in the U.S.
House.

Webb and Warner said the federal recognition has strong bipartisan support in Virginia, including Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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