American Indian Tribes of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay

A Brock Environmental Center Learning Series Webinar

The Chesapeake Bay region is steeped in the history of its indigenous tribes. Considering the essential role American Indians have played in the Chesapeake Bay, the importance of understanding that history cannot be overstated. Today, there are tens of thousands of people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia who identify as American Indian. In this webinar, we speak with some the leaders of four local tribes about their perspectives on current Chesapeake Bay issues.

Speakers include:

  • Nikki Bass, Councilwoman for the Nansemond Tribe
  • Reggie Tupponce, Tribal Administrator for the Upper Mattaponi Tribe 
  • Beth Roach, Tribal Councilwoman with the Nottoway Tribe
  • Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, Member of the Piscataway Indian Nation (Maryland)

CBF's Brock Environmental Center Learning Series is presented with support from Jean Jenkins and Mike Newell.

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