May 9, 2022

Upper Mattaponi preserving culture under land trust

Author: Amy Jo Martin

KING WILLIAM — The Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe is preserving its culture thanks to some of its land moving into trust.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs recently accepted nearly 30 acres of land on behalf of the Upper Mattaponi, a move that allows the tribe to govern its own land, as opposed to being governed by the state. It’s the first acquisition of its kind in Virginia since the Upper Mattaponi and five other tribes were federally recognized in 2018.
“This trust secures the cultural property for...