Federal Bill To Honor Virginia Tribes Passes House!

They deserve the federal recognition that the other 566 tribes in America have!

Local tribe in prayer.

I would like to suggest that Republicans should work with Democrats on the recent bill that the House just passed: H.R.984 – Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017 sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Tim Kaine and Senator Mark Warner. The House bill was sponsored by a Republican, Rep. Robert Whittman (R-VA-1).
It just went to the Senate to get federal recognition for the six Virginia tribes who still lack the federal recognition that the other 566 Native American tribes in America already have!

This lack of recognition is a blotch on the history of Virginia and on the history of America that these six tribes have not been honored for their role in helping to birth America by sustaining and befriending many of the English settlers in Jamestown colony who would have probably starved during the winter of 1609-10 and at other times. The Virginia tribes kept them alive with food and became partners with them in founding the nation we call America.
I just called Senator Tim Kaine’s office to offer my support and the support of others I am working with to get a state holiday to honor all Virginia tribes in the near future.

I hope that Republicans and Democrats could get behind this effort to honor our Virginia tribes with federal recognition and a state holiday. I think a special blessing will be released from heaven upon Virginia and America for finally making right what has been a wrong for a long time. You may want to see the article on page 1 of the Virginia pilot today that addresses this issue.

Let’s do this in 2017!

 

Here is a summary of the bill:
Introduced in House (02/07/2017)

Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017

ThisbillextendsfederalrecognitiontothefollowingIndiantribesofVirginiaandestablishestheirrelationshipwiththefederalgovernment:

  • the Chickahominy Tribe;
  • the Chickahominy Indian Tribe–Eastern Division;
  • the Upper Mattaponi Tribe;
  • the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc.;
  • the Monacan Indian Nation; and
  • the Nansemond Indian Tribe.

The tribes and their members are made eligible for all services and benefits provided by the federal government to federally recognized Indian tribes. The bill establishes the service area of each tribe and requirements for each tribe regarding its membership roll and governance.

Upon the request of a tribe, the Department of the Interior must take specified lands into trust for the benefit of the tribe, to be considered part of the tribe’s reservation.

The tribes may not conduct gaming activities.

Eminent domain may not be used to acquire lands for tribes recognized under this bill.

Looking for a Tract to use in Witnessing? Look No More!

Tracts are powerful tools to share the Gospel with others! They can often do more than some missionaries since they care so easy to hide. This seems to be the ultimate search site for Christan tracts–aptly named World Christian Tract Finder

Search by title, language, organization or by country.

How effective are tracts:

Th2 Lausanne World Pulse Archives is part of the Lausanne Movement, one of the largest evangelism networks in the world. Read what they say about the use of tracts to witness to others.

 

Myers-Briggs Personality Test & Others

A good tool to help people understands how they are wired.

For many years, I have found the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory to be an accurate description of some of the personality traits in people. When I worked at Kempsville Presbyterian Church in the 80’s, we used it in our counseling department. Here is an online and free version of that test that I recommend to you ( with links to other free, online tests). There are probably other versions online also. In addition to getting your personality score as it were, you would be wise to find the interpretation keys that are also on the web that will help you understand how to weave your personality together with others in a way that is most helpful to everybody.

Here is another good visual overview of the test.

These kinds of tests can help people in any organization–to include a church– to work together better and love each other more effectively. I tested as an ENFP in this test. Here is my personality type that I received after taking the online test.  Now you know why I am such a great guy  :).  Actually, the real truth lies in 1 Cor. 15:10: “But by the grace of God I am what I am…”

 

Love to all,

 

Bob