ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s governor has signed an executive order granting the Accohannock Tribe Indian status.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s office said in a statement Tuesday that the designation means the tribe qualifies for federal, state, and non-profit assistance to tribal members and for cultural education.

The Accohannock Tribe mostly lives on the Eastern Shore. The tribe oversees manages, and maintains Bending Water Park in Somerset County, and hosts an annual pow-wow at the park,

Maryland Indian Status has also been granted to the Piscataway-Canoy Tribe and the Piscataway Indian Nation.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.