RICHMOND, Va. — Singer Wayne Newton is asking Virginia legislators to grant state recognition to his Indian tribe. The Virginia-born entertainer appealed Tuesday to the House Rules Committee to officially recognize the Patawomeck tribe, of which he is a member.
Newton, who was born in Virginia and learned about his Indian roots from his parents and grandparents, said he wanted to preserve his tribe’s heritage. “If I had anything in the world to leave my daughter, it would be that,” the 67-year-old Newton said, according to news reports. “That’s why I’m here.”
Early Years. Wayne Newton spent much of his childhood in Virginia. His father worked as a mechanic and his mother stayed home to raise their two children. Both of his parents had Native American roots — Cherokee on his mother’s side and Powahatan on his father’s side.
Wayne Newton, the singer, has purchased the Aladdin Hotel -Casino in an estimated $55 million deal that prevents foreclosure of the gambling resort by the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund. Newton and Ed Torres, a longtime Nevada gaming figure, purchased the Aladdin Hotel in 1980 for $85 million as equal partners.
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Wayne Newton was born in 1942 in the Virginia seaport town of Norfolk. Both of his parents were half American Indian–his father Powhatan, his mother Cherokee. When Newton was still young his family moved to the Shenandoah Valley, just west of Norfolk.
It came from a writer who came through Vegas to review a show. At the end of his review, he wrote: “Wayne Newton is truly Mr. Las Vegas.” All of a sudden, I was doing shows in Chicago or Denver and they would say, “Mr. Las Vegas opens tonight.” That one really stuck — and I couldn’t be happier about it.
The Aladdin was a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. A 19-story hotel tower was added in 1976. After various ownership changes, the Aladdin was closed in 1997 and demolished the following year to make room for a new Aladdin resort that opened in 2000.