Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe of Southampton County plays key role in historic ceremony

Published 4:50 pm Friday, May 12, 2023

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Members of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe of Southampton County, including Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown, were invited as special guests to the March 24 historic name-changing ceremony at Fort Pickett in Blackstone wherein the name Fort Pickett was changed to Fort Barfoot in honor of Col. Van T. Barfoot. 

A Cheroenhaka news release noted that Barfoot was a Choctaw Indian and a World War II Medal of Honor recipient.

Brown had the honor of being in charge of the Grand Entry Dance, setting up and directing the Honor Song in which Tom and Tim Barfoot, Chief Batton (Choctaw), Chief Gray (Pamunkey), Chief Adams (Upper Mattaponi) and Chief Morrison (Roanoke Hatteras) danced along with other Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) tribal members in the Honor Dance.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine was one of the speakers at the ceremony, which received national-level media attention. More than 300 people were in attendance.