Opportunity and opposition in Pamunkey tribe’s casino proposalPamela D'Angelo, WVTF · June 14, 2018 at 7:11 amThree years ago the Pamunkey Indian Tribe gained federal recognition. Now the tribe is considering opening a casino as a step toward financial independence. But the idea is not without controversy.Back in 1744, the Pamunkey Tribe was invited to send some of its sons to William & Mary. Having already experienced Harvard, they declined. Chief Robert Gray reads their letter. “When they came back to us they were bad runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, unable to bear either the cold or hunger, knew neither how to build a cabin, take a deer or kill an enemy, spoke our language imperfectly, were therefore neither fit for hunters, warriors, nor counsellors, they were totally good for nothing,” Gray reads with a chuckle.It took 30 years for the nearly 400 Pamunkey Indians scattered throughout the country to gain the right to their own federally-recognized government.