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Wayne Newton advocates for Virginia state recognition of Patawomeck Indian tribe

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When Capitol Hill rolls out the red carpet for celebrity lobbyists, it gets Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. On Tuesday, Richmond got Las Vegas crooner Wayne Newton, who blew into town on behalf of his Native American tribe. The Virginia-born tenor, wearing a highflying pompadour and a pair of alligator-skin cowboy boots, set the town aflutter as he argued for the state's official recognition of the Patawomecks -- a tribe whose name, in slightly different form, now belongs to the river flowing by the nation's capital.

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