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Virginia governor accepts unusual Thanksgiving tribute

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 00:55

Native American tribes in Virginia fulfill the requirements of a 338-year-old treaty and present the state's governor with their annual tribute of a deer and other gifts. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). In what must be one of the nation's most unusual Thanksgiving traditions, the leaders of Native American tribes in Virginia on Wednesday presented Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe with a deer as part of their annual tribute. The gift is given to fulfill the obligation of a 338-year-old peace treaty between native American tribes and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The original pact requires the tribes to present the governor with 20 beaver skins, but the gift has now been modified to deer. On Monday, the Pamunkey tribe killed a 8-point buck on their 1,200 acre reservation east of Richmond and handed it over to McAuliffe in a ceremony at the governor's mansion on Wednesday. The deer will be donated to the charity, Hunters for the Hungry. The group will slaughter the deer and give the meat to people in need. As part of the presentation, the tribes perform traditional dances.

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Virginia governor accepts unusual Thanksgiving tribute

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 00:55