About Us

The happiest man is he who learns from nature, the lesson of worship.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

About the Accohannock Indian Tribe, Inc.

Our Mission, Vision, and Goals

Our mission: The Accohannock Indian Tribe shall preserve and promote its history, language traditions, and culture; foster sound education, health, social, and economic well being of individuals and the tribal community, and with trust and integrity, aspire to achieve self-sufficiency and self determination.

Governor Martin O'Malley, Rudy Hall

Today's Tribe: Currently the Accohannock Indian Tribe, Inc. is a non-federally recognized tribe and an IRS 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of Maryland. The Accohannock Tribal Council, the governing body of the tribe, meets every month to discuss tribal business. A Tribal Association also meets monthly to discuss tribal activities. Most of the tribal members are fifty years and older, and grew up living on the land and water having learned traditional skills and technology. Today, only a few descendants of the Accohannock Indian Tribe are able to continue the traditional occupations of their ancestors. Most members work in small family businesses or at local minimum wage jobs.

Legal Status: In 1995, the Accohannock Indian Tribe, Inc. submitted its first grant application to the Administration of Native Americans (ANA) in Washington, DC in order to obtain federal recognition. The process can take between two and eight years. The Accohannock Indian Tribe's long-range goals are governance and socio-economic development. One of the goals is to seek federal acknowledgement as an Indian tribe so that the Accohannock can exercise self-sufficiency and self-determination as a sovereign people with government-to-government relations with the United States. The tribe also wishes to help the economy of our local area by building an authentic Native American Living Village and Museum.

Cultural Events: The Accohannock Indian Tribe, Inc. hosts the annual Fall Festival and Pau-Wau in October. During the rest of the year, members of the tribe travel to pau-waus in Virginia, Delaware, and North Carolina to participate and to vend authentic Native American crafts. Tribal members also make presentations to schools and civic groups throughout the year.