For the first time in Maryland's history, two American Indian groups indigenous to the state were formally recognized by the governor.
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed executive orders Monday officially recognizing the Piscataway Conoy Tribe and the Piscataway Indian Nation in southern Maryland. More than $17 million in potential funding may now become available to the state and the Piscataway in education, minority business contracting, housing and public health, according to the O'Malley administration.
Recognition also means the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs will be able to assist in getting federal funding for the re-establishment of the Title VII Indian Education program in southern Maryland.
Before the Piscataway was recognized, the Maryland Historical Trust had to consult with out-of-state tribes on the reburial of Maryland Native American Indian remains. Now, the state can consult with the indigenous Piscataway tribes.