The University of Maryland marked the start of Native American Heritage Month today by dedicating Yahentamitsi Dining Hall, the first building on campus to honor Maryland’s Native American Indian heritage.

Meaning “a place to go to eat,” the dining hall’s name honors the Piscataway People, the ancestral stewards of the land on which the university stands. The name Yahentamitsi translates to “a place to go to eat” from the extinct Algonquian language spoken by the Piscataway and was developed in partnership between UMD students, faculty and staff, including the American Indian Student Union, Piscataway elders and tribal citizens.

“This new landmark on our campus is a continuation of what I believe will be a long and fruitful friendship and collaboration with the Piscataway People, and an important acknowledgement that we are working and learning on sacred land,” said UMD President Darryll J. Pines. “We are thrilled to welcome our campus community to Yahentamitsi.”


Source: Maryland Today

UMD Honors Piscataway Heritage at Yahentamitsi Dining Hall Dedication