Federal Recognition is underway, sponsored by Rob Wittman.
February 2010 - "Due to the relentless efforts of its leaders, tribe members, and local Stafford resident and Virginia Speaker of the House, Bill Howell, their request was presented to the General Assembly in February of 2010. Las Vegas entertainer and Patawomeck Indian, Wayne Newton, who lived with his grandparents in Stafford as a young boy, returned to Virginia to plead their case. The tribe was successful and both the House and Senate recognized the Patawomeck Indians as a Tribe of Virginia." - Stafford County Museum.
After 16 years of hard work, the Patawomeck Indians of Virginia were finally granted formal recognition by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell introduce House Joint Resolution 150 in January 2010 to grant formal recognition to the Patawomecks. It was not an easy fight and opposition developed to our recognition, however, the Joint Resolution was passed by both chambers of the General Assembly without a single "No" vote cast against us. - Patawomeck Tides Newsletter 2010
State Recognition (Official Resolution Presentation)
Sunday, June 6, 2010 - Virginia State Delegate William Howell attended the Monthly Council Meeting to present to the Council the Official Resolution granting the Patawomeck Indians State Recognition. The Resolution can be seen on display at the Patawomeck Tribal Center, located at 638 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg, VA.
National Native American Heritage Month - November 2020
November 4, 2020 - Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Meg Bohmke, presented Chief Charles Bullock, Chief Emeritus John Lightner, and Minnie Lightner of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia along with Regent Sonja Johnson, Jan Gardner, and Donna Sayre and Martha Newton of the Falls of the Rappahannock, NSDAR, a proclamation recognizing November 2020 as National Native American Heritage Month.
November Native American Month
November 6, 2019 - Chief Charles Bullock accepting proclamation from Stafford Board of Supervisors proclaiming November Native American month.
Indigenous Peoples' Day
October 10, 2019 - At an gathering in Richmond with representatives from the Cheroenhaka, Chickahominy, Mattaponi, Nottaway, Pamunkey, Patawomeck, and Upper Mattaponi tribes, the announcement was made that Richmond will recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day. "Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has asked city employees and residents to use Monday as an opportunity to reflect on the culture and heritage of native peoples and their accomplishments in the face of 'extraordinary hardship'" - WHSV Newsroom
2008 Cultural Heritage Preservation Award
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - Given by the Stafford County Historic Commission for the Patwomeck's efforts to preserve our culture for future generations of native peoples in Stafford County. Lesser Chief Gary Cooke accepted the Historic Preservation Award and the plague can be seen at the Patawomeck Tribal Center.
2008 Language Preservation Award
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - Given by the Stafford County Historic Commission for the Patwomeck's efforts to revive our native language for future generations of native peoples in Stafford County. Language Class Instructor Becky Guy accepted the Historic Preservation Award and the plague can be seen at the Patawomeck Tribal Center.