Please join us as we enhance content knowledge with lived experiences shared by three Virginia Tribal Leaders (Chief Stephen R. Adkins, Chickahominy Indian Tribe; Chief Kenneth Branham, Monacan Indian Nation; Chief G. Anne Richardson, Rappahannock Indian Tribe). These three state treasures will share their stories of the past, focus today, and hopes for our collective future. This series of professional development sessions is designed specifically for educators, but members of the public are welcome to attend. The events are free, however advanced registration for each session is required.

Registration information will be added when available.

Our Past-Facts and Falsehoods: History that Textbooks Got Wrong or Purposefully Left Out.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 (3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)

The story of Virginia from prior to the arrival of the English to state and federal recognition; laws and treaties; survival and adaptation; the Racial Integrity Acts; maintaining tribal identity; the struggle for education; renewal and hope.

Our Lives-More than a Tourist Destination or an Annual Event: Connecting Educators and Students with Neighbors and Friends.  

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 (3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)

The challenges and opportunities facing Virginia’s Native communities in the present; moving forward as sovereign nations; overcoming stereotypes of Native people; preserving (and sharing) tribal heritage and traditions; representation and misrepresentation in “mainstream” histories, textbooks, and classrooms.

Our Future-Going Forward Together: Shaping our Communities, Commonwealth, and Country for a Brighter and More Inclusive Tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Visions for the future; working for the 7th Generation; freeing a history that has been “held hostage;” honoring the ancestors; reckoning with a painful past; empowering the young; future relations with the Commonwealth; Virginia Indians, moving forward together.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

Our work brings people together and honors our shared humanity.