Maryland Native American Links

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

See the calendar of Native American Events in Maryland.

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