H.R. 783 (112th): Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2011

Feb 17, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
James “Jim” Moran Jr.
Representative for Virginia's 8th congressional district
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Feb 17, 2011
61 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 1385 (111th) was a previous version of this bill.

Passed House
Last Action: Jun 03, 2009

H.R. 2190 (113th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 23, 2013


This bill was introduced on February 17, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Feb 17, 2011
Referred to Committee Feb 17, 2011
Full Title

To extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe.


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3 cosponsors (2D, 1R) (show)

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Indian and Alaska Native Affairs

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Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2011 - Extends federal recognition to the following Indian tribes of Virginia and establishes their relationship with the federal government as described below: (1) the Chickahominy Tribe, (2) the Chickahominy Indian Tribe--Eastern Division, (3) the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, (4) the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., (5) the Monacan Indian Nation, and (6) the Nansemond Indian Tribe.
Makes the tribes and their members eligible for all services and benefits provided by the federal government to federally recognized Indian tribes. Establishes the service area of each tribe and requirements for each tribe regarding its membership roll, governing documents, and governing body.
Requires the Secretary of the Interior, on request of any of the tribes, to take specified lands into trust for the benefit of that tribe, to be considered part of that tribe's reservation.
Prohibits the tribes from conducting gaming activities.
Prohibits this Act from affecting the hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering, or water rights of the tribes and their members.
Requires Virginia to exercise jurisdiction over all criminal offenses committed, and all civil actions arising, on lands in Virginia owned by, or held in trust by the United States for, the tribes. Authorizes the Secretary to accept all or any portion of Virginia's jurisdiction over such offenses and actions on verification by the Secretary of a tribe's certification that the tribe possesses the capacity to reassume such jurisdiction.
Prohibits the use of eminent domain to acquire lands in fee or in trust for an Indian tribe recognized under this Act.

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