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RILL Course on Virginia Indian History

Deanna Beacham

Deanna Beacham

“Virginia Indian History and Contemporary Issues: One Indian’s Perspective” will be presented by Deanna Beacham from 1 to 3 p.m. on September 15, 22, and 29 (Wednesdays) at Menokin’s King Visitors Center in Warsaw. The course is one of 12 being sponsored this fall by the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL). All interested persons are welcome to register and attend.

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. Her lecture site, Menokin (the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee), is very appropriate to the subject, as the area along Cat Point Creek where the Lee plantation was founded was historically part of the Rappahannock Tribe’s home grounds, and keeps its original Indian name.

Deanna Beacham, a Norfolk native of Weapomeoc heritage, holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree from the University of Colorado. She works as program specialist for the Virginia Council on Indians, and serves as consultant, advisor, and lecturer on Virginia Indian history to many organizations.

To attend the presentations, advance registration and a tuition payment of $35 are required. For more information, or to register, call Sharon Drotleff at the Educational Foundation office—804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679—or e-mail her at

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