First Female Chief of Virginia Tribe in 300 Years

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.


Washington Post - February 2, 1998

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