Ancestral Homeland Returned to Rappahannock Tribe After More Than 350 Years
The historic reacquisition spans 465 acres in the Northern Neck of Virginia
April 6, 2022
More than 350 years after English settlers drove the Rappahannock out of what is now eastern Virginia, the Native American tribe has reacquired 465 acres of its ancestral homeland.
Per a statement from the Department of the Interior and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the historic reacquisition includes a section of Fones Cliffs, a rocky outcropping on the east side of the Rappahannock River where Native people lived hundreds of years ago. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland—the first Native American person to hold the position—announced the land’s return last Friday.