May 14, 2008

Holiday for Maryland's Indians

Maryland Indian tribes get state holidayDozen of members of Maryland Indian tribes, some in native dress, stood behind Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday as he signed into law a bill designating the Friday after Thanksgiving as American Indian Heritage Day, a new state holiday.

The holiday won’t cost the state a thing, said Mervin Savoy, chairwoman of the Piscataway-Conoy tribe in southern Maryland.

That Friday is already a holiday for state employees, but it now gets a new name.

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