Upper Mattaponi Tribe Chief honors past while keeping an eye on the future

The distant past keeps Frank Adams moving forward. In King William County, his roots run deep. “When I walk on the tribal lands, the property we have owned, I feel my ancestors are walking with me,” described Adams. “We don’t want to forget our heritage or our culture.” Online sites like Ancestry help novice genealogists trace family history back decades to faraway countries. Adams' ancestors have called these lands home for a millennium. “We’ve been here thousands of years so,” he said.