Great Falls is Powhatan Land

Great Falls Park

{Great Falls Park in Virginia originally posted by US Interior} Great Falls Park on the Potomac River is in the homeland of the Powhatan Confederacy. Many of the descendants of the confederacy still live in the area and are part of a number of different nations, however due to a racist Virginia law in the 1920’s, the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, the descendants of the Powhatan confederacy were forced to legally identify themselves as either “white” or “colored,” a form of bureaucratic genocide. This week, after decades of activism and political work, the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan and the Nansemond tribes of Virginia finally gained Federal Recognition, allowing them to access funds made available for housing, medicare, and education. #Publiclandisnativeland