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Rappahannock Indians

AE Curator Aug 02
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The Rappahannock Tribe is located in Indian Neck, King and Queen County, near where its people have lived along the Rappahannock River for centuries. The first encounter with the English occurred in 1603, when several of their men were kidnapped. The tribe established a reservation in 1682, but the colonists forced them out. They later returned. In 1964, members founded Rappahannock Indian Baptist Church, and in 1983 the tribe was formally acknowledged by the Virginia General Assembly. In 1998, they elected a female chief and purchased 118 acres, where the tribal center stands today.

Location: King & Queen County
Image: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

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