Commonwealth of Virginia - Executive Mansion

2017 marks the 340th Tax Tribute Ceremony

Did you know that the oldest continuing nation-to-nation treaty ceremony observed in the United States takes place in Virginia?

The  Treaty of the Middle Plantation was signed in 1677 by the British colonial government and Virginia Indian tribes including the Pamunkey, Nottoway, and Appomattoc. According to its terms, Indian tribes recognized the authority of the British colonial government with a tax tribute; and the British, in turn, acknowledged the property, land use, and hunting rights of the Native Americans. The treaty called for a tax from the Indians, which in early yearly consisted of beaver skins.

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Today, the treaty is still observed and commemorated through the Indian Tax Tribute Ceremony held each year just before Thanksgiving. Chiefs from the Pamunkey and Mattaponi tribes bring gifts of wild game and hand-crafted items to the Governor, and perform ceremonial dances. The tribute takes place in front of the Executive Mansion.

Attending the Ceremony

The Tax Tribute Ceremony is open to the public, but space is limited.

Date and Time

This year’s ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 22nd, in front of the Governor’s Mansion from 9:30 to 10:30 in the morning. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside of the Patrick Henry Building at 1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219.