Anne Richardson was sworn in as the first female chief of a Virginia tribe since Cockacoeske, chief of the Pamunkey tribe in the mid-1600s. Ms. Richardson, 41, was elected January 31, to take over for her father, Chief Captain “Chawanta” Nelson. She will be known as Queen Anne of Rappahannock. Ms. Richardson’s great-uncle and grandfather were also chiefs.
There are approximately 175 Rappahannock tribe members in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula area of Virginia, and around 300 members around the world.