Social Studies - 2017-18

VS.2g - State-recognized Tribes

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the physical geography and native peoples, past and present, of Virginia by

g)  identifying and locating the current state-recognized tribes.

Bloom's Level: Remember

Adopted: 2008


Over time, a culture group may struggle with change and maintaining its identity.


American Indian people have lived in Virginia for thousands of years.

Today, eleven† American Indian tribes in Virginia are recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

What are the names of the current state-recognized tribes?

Where are the current state-recognized tribes located in Virginia today?


Draw conclusions and make generalizations. (VS.1d)

Interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives. (VS.1g)

Analyze and interpret maps to explain relationships among landforms, water features, climatic characteristics, and historical events. (VS.1i)

Pronunciation guide:
Cheroenhaka (Nottoway): Chair-oh-en-HAH-kah (NAH-toh-way)†
Chickahominy: CHICK-a-HOM-a-nee
Mattaponi: ma-ta-po-NYE
Nansemond: NAN-sa-mund
Nottoway:  NAH-toh-way†
Pamunkey: pa-MUN-kee
Patawomeck: Pət- OW-ə-meck†
Rappahannock: RAP-a-HAN-nock
Monacan: MON-a-cun

(The pronunciation guide for this word will not be assessed on the test.)

American Indians, who trace their family histories back to well before 1607, continue to live in all parts of Virginia today.

The current state-recognized tribes are located in the following regions:

  • Coastal Plain (Tidewater) region:
    • Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Tribe†
    • Chickahominy Tribe
    • Eastern Chickahominy Tribe
    • Mattaponi Tribe
    • Nansemond Tribe
    • Nottoway Tribe†
    • Pamunkey Tribe
    • Patawomeck Tribe†
    • Rappahannock Tribe
    • Upper Mattaponi Tribe
  • Piedmont region:
    • Monacan Tribe

†Revised January 2013
The technical edits will not affect the Virginia Studies Standards of Learning test at this time.
See Superintendent’s Memo #014-13.


Tribe, Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Tribe, Chickahominy Tribe, Eastern Chickahominy Tribe, Mattaponi Tribe, Nansemond Tribe, Nottoway Tribe, Pamunkey Tribe, Patawomeck Tribe, Rappahannock Tribe, Upper Mattaponi Tribe, Monacan Tribe

Updated: Apr 04, 2016