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Date(s) - 10/12/2020
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This holiday has risen to prominence as a replacement for Columbus Day.  In our work to respect, acknowledge and celebrate all races and cultures, we recognize National Indigenous People’s Day!  Want to know more about the indigenous people in Maryland? Here’s some information from the the National Park Service (NPS).  According the NPS website:

In the last census, more than 40,000 individuals in Maryland identified themselves as being American Indian or part American Indian. While pockets of American Indian tribes and groups cover both the eastern and western shores of Maryland, more than half of the state’s native population lives near Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

At least eight known tribes or groups of American Indians are native to the state of Maryland. There are also members of several tribes who are not native to the state of Maryland. About a third of the 17,000 American Indians living in the Baltimore Area are Lumbee, a tribe with roots in North Carolina.
In January of 2012, the state of Maryland formally recognized two Maryland Indian tribes. The Piscataway Indian Nation and Piscataway Conoy Tribe. This was the first time that the state of Maryland had taken the official action of recognizing a petition for Maryland Indian Status.
In 1976 the Maryland General Assembly created the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs (MCIA) to represent and serve the state’s native communities. Compromised of commissioners from Maryland tribes, this official statewide agency provides a forum for cooperation and communication within the native population in the state and acts as the liaison between Maryland’s natives and the state and federal governments.

Today, the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs serves the following Maryland indigenous tribes:

    • Accohannock Indian Tribe
    • Assateague Peoples Tribe
    • Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians
    • Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians
    • Piscataway Conoy Confederacy and Sub-Tribes
    • Piscataway Indian Nation
    • Pocomoke Indian Nation
    • Youghiogheny River Band of Shawnee Indians