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Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission Meeting 6-23-10 Draft Minutes

Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission Meeting 6-23-10 Draft Minutes

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Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission Meeting
June 23, 2010 10 AM 11:30 AMMembers present:Delegate Chris Peace –Vice ChairDelegate Delores McQuinnJames WoottonAlice LynchChief Kenneth Adams, Upper MattaponiSidney Turner, Nottoway Tribe ofVirginiaFrances Broaddus-CrutchfieldMembers absent:Governor Bob McDonnellLt. Gov. Bill BollingSpeaker Bill HowellDelegate Bill JanisClerk of the House Bruce JamersonClerk of the Senate Susan Clarke SchaarVice Chair Delegate Chris Peace opened the meeting at 10 AM. At his request, each of themembers introduced themselves and offered brief remarks regarding their participation in theCommission.Delegate Peace called the members’ attention to the minutes from the December 17, 2009meeting, and asked if there were any corrections. Two minor corrections were recorded, and theminutes were accepted as corrected.Delegate Peace summarized the next steps of the Commission to include:1) gathering information on other states thathave memorials to American Indians on their capitolgrounds. A list has been compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures and wascirculated.2) gathering information from the members and the interested public on potential concepts to berepresented in the commemoration.3) gathering information on artists, including local and renowned artists.He asked that all tribal representatives please solicit input from their tribal members and fromother Virginia citizens.Alice Lynch commented regarding the compiled list of memorials that very few eastern stateshave anything on the list. This meant that Virginia could be in the vanguard in taking thiscommemorative action.James Wootton commented that the Civil Rights memorial captured the spirit of a moment intime,but the Indians may wish to capture a spirit through the centuries.
 
Speakers from the audience, which included 4 chiefs of Virginia tribes, were then invited tomake public comments.Chief Stephen Adkins of the Chickahominy said that he hoped the Commission would not befixated on the idea of a statue, and that the memorial should embrace both history and future, andinclude all the tribes of Eastern Woodland Indians who were in Virginia historically, some of whom do not have descendent communities in Virginia today.He hoped that the process wouldmove with due deliberation.Chief Lynette Allston of the Nottoway Tribe of Virginia agreed that there were many tribes to beincluded, and that the project offered an opportunity to raise awareness of the histories andpresence of all. She expressed an interest in helping to raise funds for the project.Powhatan Red Cloud-Owen, Chickahominy, stated that this project had been many yearscoming, and would give honor to the ancestors of the Virginia Indians.Karenne Wood, Monacan, Director of the Virginia Indian Heritage Program, said that AmericanIndians had been in Virginia for at least 18,000 years, and that she hoped the memorial wouldreflect the special attachment to place that Virginia Indians have for this area. She foresaw twomajor functions to be carried out, design and fundraising, and expressed an interest in workingon the design.Delegate Peace then asked for additional comments from the Commission members.Chief Adams stated he would like to see as many of the ideas solicited in public commentincorporated into the design as possible, but that both funding and design would be difficulttasks.Delegate Peace suggested call the commemoration a tribute as it is not yet certain what form itwill take. He delineated questions to be ask as: What is it? Where is it? What programs willcome with it? How do we pay for it? He also specified several action items including*soliciting input from tribal members at tribal meetings*setting up a Facebook page*holding tele-town-halls*setting up subcommittees*aiming for monthly or bi-monthly meetings of the Commission.Delegate McQuinn stated that a timeline of anticipated dates to accomplish certain milestoneswould be helpful, as would a strategic plan, which would be useful in soliciting funds.Alice Lynch said she would ask the presidents of VCU and VMFA about who might becontacted regarding potential guidance in selection of an artist.Chief Adams called on Chief Kevin Brown of the Pamunkey, who was in the audience for hisideas, and Chief Brown stated that there was a saying that “Art by committee is bad art.” He

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