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State Del. Paul Krizek shows off clay pot from the Pamunkey Indian reservation to Kay Smith. A photo of Olympian Billy Mills, the first American and American Indian to win the 10,000 meters, hangs in the background.

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Mount Vernon Column: Legislation for Virginia’s Indigenous Tribes


Virginia’s 11 state-recognized American Indian tribes played an important role in Virginia’s history, specifically in the founding of European settlements at Jamestown. Without the early contributions of resources and knowledge that these tribes shared, settlements such as Jamestown would have failed.


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