Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia

Upcoming Events

Living History Village

Monday, July 4, 2022

Fredericksburg
Heritage Day Festival

10:00am - 4:00pm

Near Riverfront Park

OUTDOOR EVENT

 

Quarterly Open Meeting

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Bethel Baptist Church

Meeting Starts @ 2:00pm

**Tribal Members Only**

INDOOR EVENT

 

Tribal Pool Party

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Massad Family YMCA

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Tickets: Free Admission

**Tribal Members & Family Only**

OUTDOOR EVENT

 

Golf Tournament 2022

Friday, July 15, 2022

Lee's Hill Golf Club

8:00am Registration / 9:00am Shotgun Start

Tickets: $85.00 per person

Hole Sponsors: $100.00 per hole

OUTDOOR EVENT

 

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CHIEF

Chief Charles "Bootsie" Bullock

215 Chapel Green Road

Fredericksburg, VA 22405
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540-834-9620 

 

TREASURER

Price Jett

638 Kings Highway

Fredericksburg, VA 22405
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804-467-0897 

 

HISTORIAN / MEMBERSHIP

Patricia Reedy

P.O. Box 7665

Fredericksburg, VA 22404
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ADMINISTRATIVE ASST. TO TRIBAL COUNCIL

Minnie Lightner

1416 Brent Street

Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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540-842-0501 

 

PATAWOMECK TRIBAL CENTER

638 Kings Highway

Fredericksburg, VA 22405
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703-857-0519 

 

Awards & Recognition


Federal Recognition

Federal Recognition is underway, sponsored by Rob Wittman.


State Recognition

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.

 


UMW Historic Preservation - Hopyard Boat Landing

December 6, 2021 - Chief Emeritus John Lightner and Minnie Lightner attended the presentation of a project Dr. Lauren McMillan’s Historic Preservation class at the University of Mary Washington. 12 of her students paired in groups of 2 to write scripts for 6 signs to be placed in significant places in King George County. Chief Emeritus John Lightner and others were interviewed by Channel 4 News!

 


National Native American Heritage Month - November 2021

 

November 16, 2021 - Stafford County Board of Supervisors Member, Thomas C. Coen, presented Chief Charles Bullock, Chief Emeritus John Lightner, and Minnie Lightner of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia a proclamation recognizing November 2021 as National Native American Heritage Month.

 


Indigenous Peoples' Day

 

October 11, 2021 - Today the city of Richmond and Mayor Levar Stoney once again proclaimed October 11 as Indigenous People's Day. In attendance were the Patawomeck, Nottoway, Cheroenhaka Nottoway, and the Mattaponi Tribes.

 


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.