Welcome to the Official Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia web page
The Patawomeck tribe of Virginia Indians is based in Stafford County, Virginia, along the Potomac River (Patawomeck is another spelling of Potomac). It is one of Virginia's 11 recognized Native American tribes. The Patawomeck tribe achieved state recognition in February 2010, aided by anthropology research conducted by the College of William and Mary. Today the tribe numbers approximately 2300 members. Eighty percent live within ten miles of their historic village of
Patawomeck. They are undertaking to revive their historic Algonquian language. In the 17th century, at the time of early English colonization, the tribe was a component of the Powhatan Confederacy. At times it was allied with others in the confederacy, and at others, the Patawomeck allied with the English READ MORE
Fee imposed on tribal replacement cards
To cover costs, The Membership Coordinator has implemented a $5.00 fee to Tribal members that request a replacement Tribal Member Card. This decision was approved by the Patawomeck Tribal Council at the Annual Meeting on October 9, 2011.
Saturday, November 9th 9am-3pm
Message From The Chief
Chief Charles "Bootsie" Bullock
Dear Tribal members I am writing you all to remind you of the upcoming Census.The Census counts every person living in the U. S. once and only once and in the right place.
A few Census facts that are interesting and we all need to know:
Every ten years the results of the Census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each states get.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in this country be counted every 10 years. The first Census was taken in 1790.
After each decade’s Census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
The distribution of more than 675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states,counties, and communities are based on the Census data. That Money is spent on Hospitals, Schools, roads, public works and other vital programs.
Most importantly, completing the Census is mandatory. It’s our way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT”
Your privacy is protected 100%. It is against the law for the Census Bureau to release any information, period.
I was privileged to attend a Census meeting recently at the Chickahominy Tribal Center. Among the many discussions, one of the main topics among the tribal representatives present, was of the utmost importance, was the registration of the Virginia Tribes.
People who identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native should mark the American Indian or the Alaskan Native check box and enter the name of their principal tribe on the write in area. (Note: There will not be enough boxes to print the entire tribe name. Each FULL TRIBAL member will enter as follows: PATAWOMECK INDIAN TRIBE OF VA.). After all the boxes are filled, continue to write outside the box to complete entering our whole tribal name.
The Census will start March 2020. Each household will receive a notice in the mail to complete the Census.
The Public can begin responding online at 2020census.gov , by phone or simply mailing it back in. If each household has not completed one of these three ways by June –July 2020, Census takers will knocking upon your door. Let’s be proactive and get it done! If you need help call the Patawomeck tribal Center at 703-857-0519.
Respectfully, Chief Bootsie Bullock
The Patawomeck Annual Fund Raiser is Saturday, May 16th 2020
from 5-7pm at Bethel Baptist Church.
Tribal dues are due July 1st of each year
They are $25 for members 18-65.
Make check payable to: Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia Inc.
Dues can be mailed to: Patawomeck Tribal Center
638 Kings Highway
Fredericksburg, Va. 22405
Treasurer Price Jett
38 Dove Lane
Fredericksburg, Va. 22405
Tribal membership applications MUST be given to the Tribal Council,
Minnie Lightner, or Patricia Reedy. If given to anyone else, they may not
be received by the tribe, and we cannot be responsible for them.
Language Class begins the 3rd Sunday in October
and will continue through the 3rd Sunday in May.
Chief Emeritus John Lightner
Chief Emeritus Robert Green