By Vincent Schilling
In an interview with Indian Country Today, “Mr. Las Vegas” took some time to express his feelings about Patawomeck state recognition and what it means to be an American Indian that has achieved such a great level of success.
ICT: After you testified in Virginia in February, the Patawomeck were quickly granted state recognition, how does that feel?
Wayne Newton: I am so thrilled beyond words. It was amazing how quick it went through. I think maybe for the first time, many people in that committee got that we were fighting to be recognized and it wasn’t just an ego trip on our part. I think that they then took that same energy, and that same insight into the larger body of lawmakers.
I was actually on tour when the chief called me and said, ‘we are through.’