Posted By BrokenClaw on August 3, 2008
Maryland has no federally recognized tribes. Neither does the State of Maryland currently provide any such official designation. Nevertheless, there are several communities of indigenous people who maintain an identity, including the Piscataway, the Nause-Waiwash, the Lenape, and the Lumbee.
In March, 2002, the Maryland House of Representatives passed House Bill 342 which would provide for Maryland Indians to apply to the Commission on Indian Affairs for official state recognition. Although it passed the House by a majority of 128-7, Governor Glendenning vetoed the bill. He cited his concern that such provisions would open the door for Indian casinos within Maryland.
In 2008, Governor O’Malley signed into law a bill which officially designates the Friday after Thanksgiving as American Indian Heritage Day in Maryland. The day was already a work holiday for state employees, but now it has a name and focus.
Native American Indian organizations in Maryland and DC
- Accohannock Native American Living Village of Crisfield, MD.
- American Indian Inter-Tribal Cultural Organization of Rockville, MD.
- American Indian Society of Washington, DC.
- Baltimore American Indian Center of Baltimore, MD.
- Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians of Waldorf, MD.
- Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard, MD.
- Lenapehauken Education Research Center of Eden, MD.
- Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs in Baltimore, MD.
- Maryland Native American Flute Circle in Timonium, MD.
- National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
- Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians of Vienna, MD.
- Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education at the University of Maryland.
- Pocomoke Indian Nation of Mt. Airy, MD.
- Potomac Flute Circle of Washington, DC.
- US Indian Health Service American Indian Heritage in Washington, DC.
See the calendar of Native American Events in Maryland.