Legislation that would grant long-sought federal recognition of six Virginia Indian tribes is headed to the full U.S. Senate.
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee forwarded the tribal recognition bill on Wednesday, according to the office of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. The tribes have recognition from Virginia but not from the federal government.
The tribal recognition bill was introduced in 2009 by Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb. Webb left the Senate after one term.
The bill would grant federal recognition to the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan and the Nansemond.
Kaine’s office said the company bill in the House has reserved strong bipartisan support.