The Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe just took ownership of almost 900 acres of ancestral land in Virginia, thanks, in part, to $3 million in federal funds. And legislation in Minnesota would transfer a state park to the Upper Sioux Community in a historic act recognizing atrocities committed by state and federal officials against the Dakota people that culminated in the mass execution of 38 Dakota men in 1862. Those are two examples of a trend in governments, organizations, and individuals facilitating the return of important land to tribal control.
Chief Frank Adams (Upper Mattaponi)
Dr. Amber Annis (Cheyenne River Lakota), director of Native American Initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society
Break 1 Music: “Sovereign Land” – Summit Dub Squad (song) The Native Movement Native Music Compilation (artist) Written in Blood (album)
Break 2 Music: Everything’s Gonna Be All Right (song) Twice As Good (artist) That’s All I Need (album)