Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe of Virginia; General Assembly to extend state recognition. (HJ138)

Introduced By

Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Irene Shin (D-Herndon), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), and Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Recognition of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe of Virginia. Extends state recognition to the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe of Virginia within the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/20/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104581D
01/20/2022Referred to Committee on Rules
02/03/2022Tabled in Rules (13-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)


Annette C Price writes:

I hope that we can now respect all of the Native American Tribes of Virginia. After seven years we will finally be able in include the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe of Virginia as the twelfth state recognized tribe. The Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe of Virginia is so well know for their cultural, historical and educational programs and their tribal center and museum that is open to the public free of charge displaying artifacts from their dig site in Varina, Henrico County that are up to 16000 years old.

T. Tyree writes:


T. Tyree writes:

To the Virginia Indian Advisory Board, June 7, 2022

I would like to address the following statements made within the 2019 Wolf Creek Cherokee tribe petition that pertains to myself Carol Price Tyree and my family. We were first made aware of this petition as of August 2021. This is in no way meant to disrespect Native American people in any form.
While the group that has presented this petition, may identify as Indian today, how they choose to identify is their personal business. It is of historical integrity to correct the inaccurate claims made on my behalf, without my knowledge. This includes myself, my husband Harvey Tyree and his family, my children, my parents, my siblings, and both sets of our grandparents. How this petition presents our family is historically inaccurate and misleading whether intentional or not.
Our family are not members of this group and have always identified as white with an Appalachian culture. We have never witnessed anyone within our family identify as Indian, live an Indian culture or discuss issues based on our race or any hardships that have been justified by the law due to race in the past or present.

All parties that have read and agree to all documentation here have signed at the end of this documentation.

Thank You

Carol Price Tyree and Family

Link to the pdf document filed with the VIAB is included in the above link.

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