The Tribe submitted a petition for State Tribal Recognition to the Virginia Council on Indians (VCI) in October 2006. The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia received formal "Recognition" by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2010. [Read More]
For charitable giving to support development and community outreach of Nottoway history and culture, the Virginia Nottoway Indian Circle and Square Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization was established and granted charitable status by the Internal Revenue Service.
Tribal Member Sid Turner was named to the Virginia Council on Indians Advisory Committee.The VCI Advisory Committee is a body on Native American issues mandated by Virginia State statute sections 2.2-2628 and 2.2-2629.1He was later elected as the Chairman of the committee by his peers from the representative Virginia Native American communities.The VCI Advisory Committee under Sid Turner’s leadership developed the theme and program for the annual VCI Conference.
Following the Path to the Past
Some of the oldest public documents citing the Nottoway Indians are located in the Colonial Records of Surry County.During the past few years, a relationship has developed with the Surry County governmental officials and the people of Surry County which culminated in the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia’s annual Pow Wow being held on a site near the Southside of the James River.The location is on a direct route to Jamestown from present day North Carolina.This route was a path traveled by the Nottoway and other Southeastern Native American Tribes to negotiate with the English colonists.The travel by Nottoway Indians to Jamestown to pay tribute is depicted in a painting recently displayed and unveiled in Historic Jamestown in December 2008.
The painting was featured in the newspaper, Indian Country Today.
For the Future
Our goals range from personal to broadly based Tribal endeavors.
As a part of our ongoing initiatives, we continue to move forward with community outreach through educational collaborations. Our primary interests are in education and cultural arts.Our desire is to expand awareness of Nottoway Indian history and the history of other Virginia Native Americans through a Virginia Native American Arts and History Symposium.
Tribal Members each have their desires to understand their Native heritage, to reclaim a cultural identity through self-growth and to live productively with all Virginians.
The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, Inc. Pow Wow 2016 will be on September 17 & 18, on the grounds of the Surry Parks and Recreation Center, 205 Enos Farm Road, Surry, VA 23829.For more information about our Pow Wow, contact Edward Branch, Pow Wow Chairman at (757) 708-4364 or (757) 686-8602