A bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers is fighting to win federal recognition of six tribes in the commonwealth.
The tribes have treaties dating back to the 1600s. But there 's a catch: the agreements are with the King of England. Even now, the UK recognizes and honors these American tribes, while the US government doesn't. That's partly because in 1924, a law was passed that declared Virginia contained no Native Americans and wiped the commonwealth's record books of their history.
Students across the country are celebrating graduation in a variety ways – but none quite like a troupe of dancers at Washington & Lee here in Virginia. They’ll be dancing on air – literally, with a performance 40 feet above the ground.
They dangle from ropes far above the theater floor, swinging and spinning, turning flips or hanging upside down, tapping their toes on the wall and flapping their arms as if to fly. Aerial dancing is an art form pioneered in the 70s and taught at just one university in the nation.