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Interest in Virginia Indian history sparks repeat of RCC-RILL course

Deanna Beacham

Deanna Beacham

Popular appeal has ensured a repeat of the thought-provoking “Virginia Indian History and Contemporary Issues: One Indian’s Perspective” from the Fall 2010 course offerings of the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning. On September 20 and 27, and October 4 (Tuesdays), from 1 to 3 p.m., Deanna Beacham will once again present this material in Menokin’s King Visitors Center in Warsaw, a site that was historically part of the Rappahannock Tribe’s home ground. Beacham will begin with an overview of Virginia Indian history, focusing on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, and will continue with a discussion of contemporary Virginia tribes and their concerns.

A Norfolk native of Weapomeoc heritage, Beacham holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree from the University of Colorado. She is the American Indian program specialist for the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, and serves as consultant, content provider, and lecturer on mid-Atlantic American Indian history and contemporary concerns to many organizations. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the Virginia Indian Nations Summit on Higher Education, and the Chesapeake Bay Treasured Landscape Partners.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Indian History and Contemporary Issues: One Indian’s Perspective” and other upcoming courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or e-mail her at

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