"More than 350 years after English settlers drove the Rappahannock out of what
is now eastern Virginia, the Native American tribe has reacquired 465 acres of
its ancestral homeland.
Per a statement from the Department of the Interior and the United States Fish
and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the historic reacquisition includes a section of
Fones Cliffs, a rocky outcropping on the east side of the Rappahannock River
where Native people lived hundreds of years ago. Secretary of the Interior Deb
Haaland—the first Native American person to hold the position—announced the
land’s return last Friday.
“It is special to us because the bones of our ancestors are there,”
Rappahannock Chief Anne Richardson told Gregory S. Schneider of the Washington
Post prior to the announcement.
Located within the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, along
the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail on the Northern Neck
of Virginia, Fones Cliff is an important habitat for migratory bald eagles and
other birds. The cliffs span four miles and tower 100 feet above the river,
where birds feed on fish. Held in a conservation easement (an agreement
permanently limiting the use of a set area of land), the property in Richmond
County will eventually be open to the public."
Via Future Crunch
Apr 15, 2022:
Share and enjoy,
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics