Cheroenhaka present treaty tribute

Published 9:20 pm Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe of Southampton County, accompanied by other tribal members, presented the 308th Spotswood Treaty Tribute of three peace arrows, wrapped in a Beaver Pelt and wampum belt, to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on April 19. The treaty is normally presented on Saint George Day.

The treaty tribute was presented in accordance with the tribe’s Treaty of Feb. 27, 1713 between Virginia’s provisional Lt. Gov. Alexander Spotswood and the King of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian tribe, Ocoraass Trier aka William Edmond.

As a special place in the tribe’s history, two of the youngest tribal members and students at Meherrin Elementary School, Princess Windsong Brown and Red Eagle Brown took part in the treaty tribute. 

The tribe’s Green Corn Powwow is set for July 3, on the tribal land, Cattashowrock Town, in Courtland.