An online panel discussion set for Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 10, will explore the implementation of the 2001 Wabanaki Studies Law and include discussion of a new report examining the law’s effectiveness. The event is hosted by the Abbe Museum, ACLU of Maine, Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission and Wabanaki Alliance.
The Passamaquoddy Tribes and Penobscot Nation have elected new leaders and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians has appointed the Tribe’s first Tribal Ambassador.
The Wabanaki Alliance today announced their endorsements of candidates for the Maine Legislature and their legislative scorecard for the 130th Maine Legislature. They also announced their decision not to endorse a candidate for Governor of Maine.
Check out Tribal Issues in the News for links to a new editorial from the Times Record and coverage of the passage of a federal measure that would amend the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act so that the Wabanaki tribes can benefit from future federal laws that apply to other federally recognized tribes.
Leaders of the Wabanaki Nations offered a statement regarding the Maine Legislature’s work on restoring tribal sovereignty. Read that statement and learn more about the issue.
UPDATED 4/21: LD 906 has been signed into law! The legislation that will finally bring clean drinking water to the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik after a 40-year struggle to address contamination in the water supply from the Passamaquoddy Water District.
Hundreds of Sipayik citizens and allies rallied at the Maine State House in support of LD 906 and clean drinking water and called on Gov. Mills to drop her opposition to the bill.
The Wabanaki Alliance has hired John Dieffenbacher-Krall, a veteran community organizer and longtime advocate for the Wabanaki tribes in Maine, as its first executive director.
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