“...we have grown weary of the general public’s surprising lack of knowledge about who we were and who we are. Now, we have an opportunity to change that state of affairs―to tell our story through the eyes of the Piscataway and not from another’s opinion of us―to interface with the archaeology communities as well as other sciences of the world―to speak of our ways, life, purpose, and tribal structure that forged the alliance of the different communities of the Piscataway People―to go back in time and speak on different time lines, cycles, and events that permit us the Piscataway People to be here today at this forum―to again let it be known, ‘WE ARE STILL HERE!'”
-Francis Gray, Tribal Chair or the Piscataway Conoy Tribe at the inaugural meeting of the Through Piscataway Eyes Partners, May 6, 2016
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The Piscataway were a Confederacy of Tribes under the premier authority of the Tayac or Emperor. The Confederacy extended between the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay to the watershed of the Potomac River in the area now known as Virginia, and all land from the southern tip of St. Mary’s County, Maryland, north to include Baltimore, Montgomery and Anne Arundel Counties, Maryland, to include Washington D.C.
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