Monday, October 27, 2008

Piscataway Nation Chief Visits Washington College in Honor of Native American History Month

Chestertown, MD — In honor of Native American History Month, Washington College's Office of Multicultural Affairs will present a lecture by Chief Billy Redwing Tayac of the Piscataway Indian Nation at the Casey Academic Center Forum on Monday, November 10, at 5 p.m.

The Piscataway Indian Nation's traditional homelands are on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in the areas of Charles County, Prince George's County, and St. Mary's County, Maryland. The Piscataway was one of the most populous and powerful tribal nations of the Chesapeake Bay region.

By the early 17th century, the Piscataway had come to exercise hegemony over other Native American groups on the north bank of the Potomac River. While Piscataway fortunes declined as the Maryland colony grew and prospered, the Piscataway today continue to be leaders among the tribal nations in their commitment to indigenous and human rights.

Billy Redwing Tayac is the present hereditary chief of the Piscataway Indian Nation and an American Indian Movement (AIM) leader and activist. He was a participant in many of the Native American struggles of modern times, including Wounded Knee, Gankineh, Big Mountain, OK'a, Gustafson Lake, the Salvadorian Indian Movement and the Ecuadorian Indian Movement.

Chief Tayac's lecture will cover the history and traditions of the Piscataway Nation. He also will speak on the different territories of Native Americans throughout the United States.

Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410/810-7457.

October 27, 2008

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