Welcoming the queen of England for the celebration in a traditional Native American ceremony and donning feathered headdresses, the states half-dozen tribes vying for federal recognition expected the events and attention would spark rapid legislative action in both chambers on Capitol Hill.
Indeed, the House passed the recognition bill the week before the Jamestown celebration, but the Senate has failed to act in the year since.
That had been kind of a milestone, Wayne Adkins said of the Jamestown celebration. We felt we should have recognition before that date. [But] it didnt seem that Jamestown was as important to people outside the state.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.