Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission Meeting

December 17, 2009 10 AM – 11:30 AM Members present: Governor Tim Kaine (Governor’s representative - Chief of Staff Wayne Turnage) Delegate Chris Peace Chief Kenneth Adams Sidney Turner Frances Broaddus-Crutchfield Susan Schaar Bruce Jamerson James Wooten Alice Lynch Members absent: Lt. Gov. Bolling Speaker Howell Delegate Janis Delegate McQuinn Senator Whipple Senator McEachin Senator Hurt At the request of Governor Kaine, who was delayed, Chief of Staff Wayne Turnage opened the meeting at 10:00 AM and spoke of the importance of the Commission to the Governor. Mr. Turnage said that the Governor intended to nominate Delegate Peace as Vice Chair, and asked Delegate Peace to conduct the meeting until the Governor arrived. Delegate Peace reviewed the charge to the Commission as indicated in the executive order, and asked the members of the Commission to introduce themselves. Susan Schaar moved that Delegate Peace be nominated for the position of Vice Chair, and the motion was seconded by Bruce Jamerson. The group unanimously approved the selection of Delegate Peace as Vice Chair, and decided that there was no need to elect further officers at this time. The members then held an initial discussion regarding some of the potential first steps in working on a commemorative memorial. The discussion was led by those Commission members who had participated in this type of commission previously, including Susan Schaar, Bruce Jamerson, James Wooten and Alice Lynch. Future tasks suggested would include electing officers as appropriate, forming subcommittees delegated to particular tasks, selecting a sculptor for the memorial, selecting a site for the memorial, fund raising, and forming a foundation for funding the Commission and the memorial. James

Wooten said there was a map of Capitol Square that could be made available to help in site selection. Alice Lynch said that the Commission may be able to use the Capital Square Foundation for initial finances, if this meets with the approval of the Foundation’s board. It was recalled that the Civil Rights Memorial Commission used the advice of an artistic consultant in determining potential sculptors and selecting a sculptor. The Civil Rights Memorial Commission also created a brochure and other educational material on their memorial. Delegate Peace suggested that the Commission hold public meetings and hearings in several places in the Commonwealth to hear opinions from Virginia citizens about their ideas for the memorial. He also suggested that the Virginia Council on Indians be addressed to solicit their opinions on the memorial. A request will be made to be for a presentation on the VICC to be put on the agenda of the next Virginia Council on Indians meeting, scheduled for January 19, 2010. Public comments were offered by Chief Stephen Adkins, Chief of the Chickahominy Tribe, and by Karenne Wood, Monacan, Director of the Virginia Indian Heritage Program. Several other attendees also offered public comments when these were solicited by Delegate Peace. He also asked speakers to share their ideas about what the memorial might represent. Among the speakers were Gary Cooke, who suggested that a circle might be an appropriate symbol to use, Jon Barton of the Virginia Council of Churches, and Lynette Allston. One theme touched on by several speakers was that of inclusiveness. The members of the Commission all agreed that inclusiveness was certainly the wish of the Commission. Other concepts mentioned by speakers included sharing, respect, continuation into the future, and giving voice to ancestors. Chief Adams agreed on the appropriateness of the symbol of a circle representing the continuum of life, and asked that the Commission not overlook potential Native sculptors Susan Schaar distributed a signup sheet for members of the public to list their contact information so that a distribution list can be developed for those who wish to be informed about the meetings of the Commission. When Governor Kaine joined the meeting, he spoke of how there had been years of discussion about the need for a memorial recognizing the contributions of Virginia’s Indians, and that he was happy to see the Commission be formed. He said he wants to remain involved with the Commission after his term as governor is finished in January 2010. He also spoke of the example of the Civil Rights Memorial depicting women and children, and said it is especially important for the Virginia Indian monument to be accessible to the many children who visit Capitol Square. Delegate Peace reiterated the idea of a listening tour of public meetings, with possible locations being Northern Virginia, Tidewater, Western Virginia, and Southside. Bruce Jamerson suggested that the first public hearing and meeting be held in Richmond during

General Assembly, when many delegates would also be available. He suggested the date of February 15 because it is a state holiday. Other meetings could be in March and April. Commission members also took on the tasks of creating a draft calendar of proposed meetings and locations between now and May 1, 2010. The draft calendar and a map of Capitol Square will be sent out to Commission members when it is ready. Also a gubernatorial staff contact for the new administration will need to be identified. Other suggested tasks for the Commission included developing a proposal to send to potential sculptors, and doing an inventory of state capitols with memorials to their indigenous populations. The Commission agreed to wait on forming subcommittees until after the public meetings have taken place. The meeting adjourned at 11:30 AM.

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