Respecting Tribal Sovereignty
, 2023-01-26 07:45:43,
As I’ve mentioned before, one of my bills this year, HB 2004, seeks to require state agencies to consult with tribal nations when evaluating certain permits and reviews with potential impacts on environmental, cultural, or historic resources or that would have tribal implications. This is the Virginia tribes’ legislative priority.
Last week, on the evening of Jan. 18, Virginia’s federally recognized tribal nations hosted their inaugural reception at the Library of Virginia, which, by the way, is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. At the reception, I was recognized as a 2022 Tribal Champion with Senator McClellan, Senator Marsden, and Delegate McQuinn. Virginia’s tribal chiefs, as well as the Secretary of the Commonwealth Kay Cole James were in attendance. I’d like to thank the Secretary for her attendance at this historic event, as well as her remarks which reinforced her commitment to fulfilling her…
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