Residents Learn About the Past and Present of Native Americans in Maryland

by a Broadmead resident

The Multicultural Committee arranged a bus trip to the Baltimore American Indian Center Heritage Museum [BAIC] on South Broadway in the city on September 20. Residents were hosted by three docents. In a presentation termed "Indian 101," they shared numerous facts and history, after offering a greeting "Osiyo" [Hello, Welcome].

Maryland's population included more than 58,000 respondents in the 2010 Census who identified as Native American or Indian, many identifying with the Piscataway (a Maryland-recognized tribe), who live mostly in Southern Maryland. Maryland has no reservation.

Since the 1940s, in the Baltimore area, numerous Lumbee Indians have moved from their North Carolina home territory, an area hard hit by the recent flooding brought by Tropical Storm Florence.

Looking ahead, BAIC is among the sponsors for a Pow Wow at Timonium Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 17.

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