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Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs

The Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs:

Serves the interests Native American communities in Maryland by: 

  • Aiding in the process of obtaining State and/or Federal recognition.

Promotes awareness and better understanding of the historic and contemporary contributions of Native Americans to Maryland by:

  • Assisting in the protection of Native American burial sites and other culturally significant sites.
  • Organizing and maintaining a database of resources specific to Native American history and culture in Maryland.
  • Publishing information and giving presentations on the culture and accomplishments of Native American groups in Maryland.
  • Serving as a statewide clearinghouse of information for and about the Native American communities of Maryland.

Assists state, local, and private agencies provide resources to address the educational, social, and economic needs of Native American communities in Maryland by:

  • Identifying and providing recommendations on unmet social and economic needs.
  • Bringing awareness of and support for physical and mental health programs for Native Americans.
  • Encouraging and promoting economic development in Native American communities.


Commission Members
The Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs is composed of nine members appointed by the governor of Maryland and confirmed by the Maryland State Senate. A majority of these nine members must be American Indian residents of Maryland, and at least three members must be from American Indian groups indigenous to Maryland. Each member of the commission is appointed based on a demonstrated knowledge of American Indian culture and history, and understanding of the needs and concerns of American Indian communities. Commissioners are appointed a term of three-years, and can serve up to six years consecutively. In the event a successor has not been appointed at the conclusion of a commissioner’s term, the commissioner may continue to serve on the commission until one is appointed.

Ethnicity/tribal affiliation and county of residence in parentheses

Chair:
Lisa Savoy Chairman (Piscataway, Charles County)

Vice Chair:
Robert Gajdys (Mohawk, Calvert County)

Members:
Donna Wolf Mother Abbott (Nause-Waiwash, Dorchester County)
Sherry L. Ayers (Lumbee, Baltimore County)
Claude A. Bowen (Archaeologist)
Robert Killen (Pocomoke, Howard County)
Rico Newman (Piscataway, Prince George’s County)
Rebecca Stone (Chickasaw, Howard County)
Leanora Winters (Piscataway Indian Nation, Calvert County)

2018 Public Commission Meetings
February 5, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD  21032

April 2, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD  21032

June 4, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD  21032

August 6, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD  21032

October 10, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD  21032

December 3, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD  21032

Administrative Director
Keith ColstonTuscarora (Enrolled member of Lumbee Tribe, North Carolina)

 

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