“LET’S LOOK CLOSER” Tonya Tipton is a Shawnee citizen and has been serving as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) in a full-time capacity for the past two years. Tonya joined the tribe’s staff as Enrollment Officer in 2016, but she also helped coordinate the tribe’s responses to the numerous requests for consultation that pour […]
If passed, the “Creating WV Native American Tribes Unique Recognition, Authentication, and Listing Act,” would undermine Tribal sovereignty and give false legitimacy to groups with no historical or ancestral ties to one of the three Shawnee tribes. Chief Barnes’s testimony aligned with Shawnee Tribe resolution R-11-01-2021-H, urging official channels for federal recognition for groups.
WATCH the West Virginia Senate Hearing.
DOWNLOAD Shawnee Tribe Resolution R-11-01-2021-H.
READ Chief Barnes Op-Ed Appreciating & Protecting Federal Native Recognition.