THE MARYLAND COMMISSION ON INDIAN AFFAIRS:
SERVES THE INTERESTS OF COMMUNITIES OF NATIVE AMERICAN GROUPS IN MARYLAND BY:
- Aiding in the process to obtain state and/or Federal recognition.
PROMOTES AWARENESS AND A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF BOTH HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY NATIVE AMERICAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO LIFE IN MARYLAND BY:
- Assisting in the protection of Native American burial 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 for information.
ASSISTS STATE, LOCAL AND PRIVATE AGENCIES RESPONSIBLE FOR ADDRESSING THE EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC NEEDS OF NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES IN MARYLAND WITH ACTIVITIES SUCH AS:
- Identifying unmet social and economic needs and recommending specific actions to meet those needs.
- Identifying and supporting physical and mental health programs for Native Americans.
- Making recommendations to encourage and promote economic development in Native American Communities.
Membership and Meetings
The Commission consists of nine members, a majority of whom must be Native American residents of Maryland. At least three members must be from indigenous Native American Maryland groups. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate for three year terms. Meetings are open to the public and are held the first Monday of the month in locations throughout the state.
The Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs maintains offices and a growing library of books, articles, oral history interviews, transcripts and video tapes at the offices in the MCIA.
The Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs provides the following programs and information upon request:
- Classroom Materials
- Speakers Bureau
- Resource Directory
- Traveling Exhibits
- Oral History Collection