By Associated Press - Sunday, June 25, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Representatives of several Native American tribes are celebrating a new monument planned near Virginia’s Capitol.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that tribal representatives and others celebrated a groundbreaking Saturday of a new monument entitled “Mantle.” The monument will recognize Native Americans’ legacy in Virginia.

The Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission was established in 2009 to install a permanent monument on Capital Square.

“Mantle” by artist Alan Michaelson will be in the shape of a nautilus and include natural landscaping. The Virginia Capitol Foundation said the monument’s total cost will be $900,000, and so far $400,000 has been raised.

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