Stop The Eviction: A Modern Day Indian Removal

May 26, 2023

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What's being called a modern day Indian Removal, The Wild Turkey Clan of the Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians in Maryland are being forced off their land by the Charles County government - the very land that belongs to the Piscataway Conoy People and that the Band has taken care of for decades.

On this episode we speak with Tribal Chairwoman Natalie Standingontherock Proctor on the harmful impacts of this removal and how people can get involved to end this eviction.


  1. Visit the Cedarville Band of the Piscataway Indians, Inc. website.
  2. Send a message to the Charles County Board of Commissioners and tell them to STOP the eviction.

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    Speaker: Tribal Chairwoman Natalie Standingontherock Proctor

    I am Wild Turkey Clan Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians. I serve as the Tribal Chair. My name is Natalie Standingontherock Proctor. In January of 2023, we received an email late in the evening that we had 30 days
    to get off the property.

    I am actually calling this a modern-day Indian Removal, which was established and put into law in 1830. Piscataway People have not moved. They've always been here. They are very connected to this land, and I think that's most important.

    Our ancestors are here and we want to stay in this area with them. It's our homeland. It has always been our homeland. Stop The Eviction.

    Take Action. The Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians belong on their ancestral lands. Tell Charles County Commissioners:

    1. Stop the eviction
    2. Give their #Landback