Aug 6, 2007

Maryland Indian tribes criticize lack of official status

(AP) Maryland's Indian tribes were critical of state officials during a ceremony to welcome the crew of a boat retracing Capt. John Smith's 1608 voyage on the Chesapeake Bay.
Tribal leaders said they were upset about not being officially recognized by the state even though they were "exploited" for state-endorsed events.
"As you can see, we're not very invisible when you need us to be an attraction for an event through the state," said Mervin Savoy, tribal chairwoman for the Piscataway Conoy. Continued.