2022 NASPA Annual Conference

Rico Newman

Land Acknowledgement Speaker

Rico Newman is an Elder and member of the Choptico Band of Piscataway-Conoy Indians, Indigenous to Maryland. Mr. Newman served six years as spokesman for his tribe, assisting in  regaining Maryland Indian Status in 2012. Currently, Mr. Newman chairs the non-profit Maryland Indian Tourism Association, and he previously served as a volunteer with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum Board of Directors, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Trails Committee, Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs Repatriation, Education and Business Committees, and the Prince George’s County Minority Judicial Committee. He is a traditional Beader, Finger Weaver, and Native flute player, and his works have been displayed at the Frisco Native Museum in North Carolina and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.