As part of my ongoing project documenting #MonacanNation
. Today was a dedication ceremony for a #Virginia #Indian
Monument, called Mantle, on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol in #Richmond
, Virginia. (1) A talking feather sits on a podium prior to the dedication ceremony for Mantle: Virginia Indian Tribute, a monument designed on Virginia State Capitol Square, in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Talking Feather is a tool in many #NativeAmerican
tribes. Whoever holds the feather has the floor and may speak without interruption. Each speaker today held the feather while speaking.
(2) #Monacan #Chief
, Dean Branham, left, greets former Virginia Governor, George Allen, center with Ben Adams, of the #UpperMattaponi
Tribe, prior to the dedication ceremony. As a U.S. Senator, during the 1990's, George Allen first introduced the Thomasina E. Jordan bill along with Sen. John Warner. This January the bill was signed into law, federally recognizing Monacan Indian Nation along with 5 other Virginia Tribes. (3) Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (@governorralphnortham
) speaks during the dedication ceremony. (4) Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, performs the ceremonial ribbon cutting. (5) Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, and Frances Broaddus-Crutchfield, embrace after the ceremonial ribbon cutting at the dedication ceremony for Mantle: Virginia Indian Tribute, a monument designed on Virginia State Capitol Square, in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Broaddus-Crutchfield is a member of the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission and major donor to the monument. Broaddus-Crutchfield also read her poem during the ceremony.
(6) From left, Chief Dean Branham, Monacan, Chief Stephen Adkins, #Chickahominy
& Chief Robert Gray, #Pamunkey
greet each other next to Mantle, following the dedication ceremony.