Maine Legislative Scorecard

This is the first Maine Legislative Scorecard by the Wabanaki Alliance. The Maine legislature voted on various pieces of legislation which were steps towards the Maine tribes’ quest to be treated equally to every other tribe in the country. Unfortunately, because of COVID 19, the legislature adjourned and did not vote on the most consequential tribal legislation in forty years, LD 2094 “An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act.”

LD 2094 was vigorously vetted in numerous public hearings and work sessions. In July, the Judiciary Committee met to finalize LD 2094 and vote out the legislation in anticipation of the legislature being called back into session. This did not happen. 

LD 2094 was an omnibus piece of legislation which would place the tribes in Maine on the same or similar footing as every other federally recognized tribe in the country. One legislator on the Judiciary Committee requested that LD 2094 be broken up into individual pieces of legislation. Those pieces of legislation became LD 1392 , LD 2094 and LD 2118. The tribes in Maine agreed and the Judiciary Committee voted on the three pieces of legislation. 

LD 1392 had to do with tax, criminal jurisdiction and land acquisition. LD 2094 maintained the original language minus tribal gaming. LD 2118 would allow tribal gaming on tribal lands. All three pieces of legislation received substantial support from Judiciary Committee members. We hope to build from this support during the 130th legislature. 

Through this emotional and constructive process, the tribes in Maine discovered “Tribal Champions” and “Tribal Adversaries.” We would like to take this opportunity to highlight these legislators.

Tribal Champions: These are the legislators who worked in concert with the tribes to achieve the tribes’ legislative goals. These legislators went above and beyond to ensure fairness for the tribes in Maine by fighting for legislation to provide same or similar sovereignty as the nearly 500 other tribes across America. To these legislators we say – Woliwon (thank you).

  • Senate President, Troy Jackson, Aroostook County, Democrat
  • Speaker of the House, Sara Gideon, Freeport, Democrat
  • Senator Shenna Bellows, Kennebec County, Democrat 
  • Senator Michael Carpenter, Aroostook County, Democrat
  • Senator Marianne Moore, Washington County, Republican
  • Representative Donna Bailey, Saco, Democrat
  • Representative Ben Collings, Portland, Democrat
  • Representative John DeVeau, Caribou, Republican
  • Representative Jeffrey Evangelos, Friendship, Independent
  • Representative Thom Harnett, Gardiner, Democrat
  • Representative Anne Perry, Calais, Democrat
  • Representative Lois Reckitt, South Portland, Democrat
  • Representative Rachel Talbot Ross, Portland, Democrat

Tribal Adversaries: The Tribes in Maine understand compromise is needed on both sides. We are willing and waiting to work with anyone who is interested in coming to the table. However, these legislators displayed a complete disinterest in working collaboratively with the tribes; fought to protect large corporate interests at the expense of tribal fairness; showed outright hostility towards the tribes and their allies; and/or scored a 0% on the Wabanaki Alliance Legislative Scorecard.

  • Representative Chris Babbidge, Kennebunk, Democrat
  • Representative Barbara Cardone, Bangor, Democrat
  • Senator Lisa Keim, Oxford County, Republican
  • Representative Lawrence Lockman, Bradley, Republican
  • Representative Roger Reed, Carmel, Republican
  • Representative Trey Stewart, Presque Isle, Republican

Though the Wabanaki Alliance is disappointed that the legislation intended by LD 2094 never had a vote in the House and Senate, there was legislation voted on that took steps towards fairness, equality and respect for the tribes. We have provided a score to indicate the cumulative support of each legislator regarding tribal issues in Maine. Each piece of legislation carries the same weight in scoring. Legislative committee and Maine Indian Claims Task Force votes are not included. The legislation encompassed in the Wabanaki Alliance Legislative Scorecard is as follows: 

LD 179 An Act To Change the Name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day: A YES vote supported the position of the Wabanaki Alliance.

LD 553 An Act To Ensure Proper Oversight of Sports Betting in the State: The Governor vetoed the legislation which would have allowed tribes in Maine to conduct sports betting. A YES vote was a vote to override the Governor’s veto to allow sports betting and supported the Wabanaki Alliance position. 

LD 776 An Act Regarding the Penobscot Nation’s and Passamaquoddy Tribe’s Authority To Exercise Jurisdiction under the Federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 and the Federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: The legislation amends the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act in a way that transfers jurisdiction over a person who is not a member of either tribe or nation in accordance with federal law and increases the level of certain criminal offenses. A tabling motion in the House would have jeopardized the legislation. A NO vote on the tabling motion supported the Wabanaki Alliance position. There was no vote in the Senate. 

LD 777 An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations: The Commission was created to carry out research necessary to determine the status of historically disadvantaged racial, indigenous and tribal populations, including the study of income levels of and opportunities available to historically disadvantaged racial, indigenous and tribal populations and the examination of quantitative and qualitative data associated with those populations regarding business ownership, household assets, debts and income, housing, employment, education, health care and access to wealth, capital and benefits. A YES vote supported the Wabanaki Alliance position. 

LD 944 An Act To Ban Native American Mascots in All Public Schools: The first in the nation legislation prohibits a public school from having or adopting a name, symbol or image that depicts or refers to a Native American tribe, individual, custom or tradition and that is used as a mascot, nickname, logo, letterhead or team name of the school. A YES vote supported the Wabanaki Alliance position. 

LD 1743 An Act To Reclassify Certain Waters of the State: The legislation will update classifications for certain waters based on water quality data. For the first time in nearly 10 years, Maine considered upgrading the water quality classification of hundreds of miles of rivers and streams. A YES vote supported the Wabanaki Alliance position. 

LD 1775 An Act To Protect Sustenance Fishing: The legislation created a new designation of “sustenance fishing” under Maine’s water quality classification system. The new legal designation will enable safe consumption of up to 50 ounces per person per week of fish taken from the designated waterbodies. A YES vote supported the Wabanaki Alliance position. 

We hope that you find this information useful in how you can support the tribes in Maine and the Wabanaki Alliance. 

Woliwon/Woliwoni/Wolalin

MAINE STATE SENATE

NamePartySCORELD 179
Indigenous Day
LD 944
Ban Mascots
LD 1743
Reclassify Water
LD 1775
Sust. Fishing
LD 777
Comm. Race 
LD 553
Sports Betting
LD 766
VAWA
BELLOWS of KennebecD100%YYYYYYNA
BLACK of FranklinR33%NNYYNNNA
BREEN of CumberlandD83%YYYYYNNA
CARPENTER of AroostookD100%YYYYYYNA
CARSON of CumberlandD100%YYYYYYNA
CHENETTE of YorkD100%YYYYYENA
CHIPMAN of CumberlandD100%YYYYYYNA
CLAXTON of AndroscogginD100%YYYYYYNA
CYRWAY of KennebecR33%NNYYNNNA
DAVIS of PiscataquisR33%NNYYNNNA
DESCHAMBAULT of YorkD80%NEYYYYNA
DIAMOND of CumberlandD80%NYYYYENA
DILL of PenobscotD100%YYYYYYNA
DOW of LincolnR50%NYYYNNNA
FARRIN of SomersetR50%NNYYNYNA
FOLEY of YorkR50%NNYYNYNA
GRATWICK of PenobscotD100%YYYYYENA
GUERIN of PenobscotR33%NNYYNNNA
HAMPER of OxfordR33%NNYYNNNA
HERBIG of WaldoD100%YYYYYYNA
JACKSON of AroostookD100%YYYYYYNA
KEIM of OxfordR50%NNYYNYNA
LAWRENCE of YorkD83%YYYYYNNA
LIBBY of AndroscogginD100%YYYYYYNA
LUCHINI of HancockD100%EYYYYYNA
MILLETT of CumberlandD83%YYYYYNNA
MIRAMANT of KnoxD100%YEYYYYNA
MOORE of WashingtonR83%YYYYNYNA
POULIOT of KennebecR50%NNYYNYNA
ROSEN of HancockR75%EYYYNENA
SANBORN of CumberlandD100%YYYYYYNA
SANBORN of CumberlandD100%YYYYYYNA
TIMBERLAKE of AndroscogginR33%NNYYNNNA
VITELLI of SagadahocD100%YYYYYYNA
WOODSOME of YorkR60%NYYYNENA

MAINE STATE REPRESENTATIVES

NamePartySCORELD 179
Indigenous Day
LD 944
Ban Mascots
LD 1743
Reclassify Water
LD 1775
Sust. Fishing
LD 777
Comm. Race 
LD 553
Sports Betting
LD 766
VAWA
ACKLEY of MonmouthC100%YYYYNAYN
ALLEY of BealsD83%YYYYNAYY
ANDREWS of ParisR33%NNYYNANY
ARATA of New GloucesterR20%NNXYNANY
AUSTIN of SkowheganD83%YNYYNAYN
AUSTIN of GrayR33%NNYYNANY
BABBIDGE of KennebunkD83%YYYYNANN
BABINE of ScarboroughD100%YYYYNAYN
BAILEY of SacoD100%YYYYNAYN
BEEBE-CENTER of RocklandD80%YYYYNANE
BERRY of BowdoinhamD100%YYYYNAYN
BICKFORD of AuburnR60%NNYYNAYE
BLIER of BuxtonR33%NNYYNANY
BLUME of YorkD83%YYYYNANN
BRADSTREET of VassalboroR20%NNXYNANY
BRENNAN of PortlandD80%YYYYNANE
BROOKS of LewistonD75%YYEENANN
BRYANT of WindhamD100%YYXYNAYN
CAIAZZO of ScarboroughD80%YYYYNANE
CAMPBELL of OrringtonR50%NNYYNAYY
CARDONE of BangorD80%XYYYNANN
CARNEY of Cape ElizabethD83%YYYYNANN
CEBRA of NaplesR60%NNYYNAYE
CLOUTIER of LewistonD100%YYYYNAYN
COLLINGS of PortlandD100%YYYYNAYN
COOPER of YarmouthD80%XYYYNANN
COREY of WindhamR67%NYYYNAYY
COSTAIN of PlymouthR40%NNYYNANE
CRAVEN of LewistonD83%YYYYNANN
CROCKETT of PortlandD100%YYYYNAYN
CUDDY of WinterportD75%YXXYNANN
CURTIS of MadisonR17%NNYNNANY
DAUGHTRY of BrunswickD100%YYYXNAYE
DENK of KennebunkD100%YYYYNAYE
DeVEAU of CaribouR100%XXXXNAYN
DEVIN of NewcastleD100%EEEENAXY
DILLINGHAM of OxfordR40%XNYYNAYY
DODGE of BelfastD100%YYYYNAYN
DOLLOFF of RumfordR33%NNXXNAYE
DOORE of AugustaD80%YXYYNANN
DOUDERA of CamdenD100%YYYXNAYN
DRINKWATER of MilfordR50%YNYYNANY
DUNPHY of Old TownD100%YYXYNAYN
EVANGELOS of FriendshipI100%YYYYNAYN
FARNSWORTH of PortlandD80%YYYYNANN
FAULKINGHAM of Winter HarborR60%NXYYNAYY
FAY of RaymondD83%YYYYNANN
FECTEAU of AugustaR40%NNYXNAYY
FECTEAU of BiddefordD100%YYYYNAYN
FOLEY of BiddefordD100%YYYYNAYN
FOSTER of DexterR33%NNYYNANY
GATTINE of WestbrookD100%YYXYNAYN
GIDEON of FreeportD100%YYYYNAYN
GRAMLICH of Old Orchard BeachD100%YYYYNAYN
GRIFFIN of LevantR33%NNYYNANY
GRIGNON of AthensR50%NXXXNAXY
GROHOSKI of EllsworthD100%YYYYNAYN
HAGGAN of HampdenR40%XNYYNANY
HALL of WiltonR50%NNYYNAYY
HANDY of LewistonD100%YYYYNAYN
HANINGTON of LincolnR17%NNNYNANY
HANLEY of PittstonR50%NNYYNAYY
HARNETT of GardinerD100%YYYYNAYN
HARRINGTON of SanfordR67%NNYYNAYN
HEAD of BethelR60%NNYYNAYE
HEPLER of WoolwichD100%YYYYNAYN
HICKMAN of WinthropD83%YYYYNANN
HIGGINS of Dover-FoxcroftI83%YYYYNANN
HOBBS of WellsD83%YYYYNANN
HUBBELL of Bar HarborD100%YYYYNAYN
HUTCHINS of PenobscotR20%NNXYNANY
HYMANSON of YorkD83%YYYYNANN
INGWERSEN of ArundelD100%YYYYNAYN
JAVNER of ChesterR33%NNYYNANY
JOHANSEN of MonticelloR17%NNNYNANY
JORGENSEN of PortlandD100%YYYYNAYN
KESCHL of BelgradeR50%NNYYNAYY
KESSLER of South PortlandD100%YYYYNAYN
KINNEY of KnoxR40%NXYYNANY
KORNFIELD of BangorD83%YYYYNANN
KRYZAK of ActonR33%NNYYNANY
LANDRY of FarmingtonD83%YYYYNANN
LOCKMAN of BradleyR0%NNNNNANY
LYFORD of EddingtonR40%NXYYNANY
MADIGAN of WatervilleD100%YYYYNAYN
MAREAN of HollisI67%YYYYNANY
MARTIN of Eagle LakeD83%YYYYNANN
MARTIN of SinclairD60%YXYYNANN
MARTIN of GreeneR33%YYYYNAYN
MASON of LisbonR33%NNYYNANY
MASTRACCIO of SanfordD100%YYYYNAYN
MATLACK of St. GeorgeD100%YYYYNAYN
MAXMIN of NobleboroD100%YYYYNAYN
McCREA of Fort FairfieldD100%YYYYNAYN
McCREIGHT of HarpswellD100%YYYYNAYN
McDONALD of StoningtonD100%XYYYNAYN
McLEAN of GorhamD100%XYYXNAYN
MELARAGNO of AuburnD100%YYYYNAYN
MEYER of EliotD83%YYYYNANN
MILLETT of WaterfordR25%NNXYNAXY
MOONEN of PortlandD100%YYYYNAYN
MORALES of South PortlandD100%YYYYNAYN
Moriarty of CumberlandD50%NANANANA NN
MORRIS of TurnerR33%NNYYNANY
NADEAU of WinslowD83%YYYYNANN
O’CONNELL of BrewerD100%NANANANA NAN
O’CONNOR of BerwickR67%YNYYNAYY
O’NEIL of SacoD100%YYYYNAXN
ORDWAY of StandishR50%NNYYNAYY
PAULHUS of BathD100% XYY YN
PEBWORTH of Blue HillD100%YYYXNAYN
PEOPLES of WestbrookD100%YXYYNANANA
PERKINS of OaklandR50%NNYYNAYY
PERRY of CalaisD100%YYYYNAXN
PERRY of BangorD80%XYYYNANN
PICKETT of DixfieldR33%NNYYNANY
PIERCE of FalmouthD100%YYYYNAYN
PLUECKER of WarrenI100%YYYYNAYN
PRESCOTT of WaterboroR67%YNYYNAYY
RECKITT of South PortlandD100%YYYYNAYN
REED of CarmelR0%NNNNNANE
RILEY of JayD100%YYXYNAYN
RISEMAN of HarrisonU100%YYYYNAYN
ROBERTS of South BerwickD100%XYYYNAYN
RUDNICKI of FairfieldR50%NNYYNAYY
RYKERSON of KitteryD100%YYYYNAYN
SAMPSON of AlfredR33%NNYYNANY
SCHNECK of BangorD100%YYYYNAYN
SHARPE of DurhamD100%YYYYNAXN
SHEATS of AuburnD100%YYYYNAYN
SKOLFIELD of WeldR20%NNXYNANY
STANLEY of MedwayD50%NYNYNANN
STEARNS of GuilfordR50%NNYYNAYY
STETKIS of CanaanR40%NNYXNAYY
STEWART of Presque IsleR33%NNYYNANY
STOVER of BoothbayD100%YYXXNAYN
STROM of PittsfieldR50%NNYYNAYY
SWALLOW of HoultonR33%NNYYNANY
SYLVESTER of PortlandD100%YYXYNAYN
TALBOT ROSS of PortlandD100%YYXYNAYN
TEPLER of TopshamD100%YYYYNAYN
TERRY of GorhamD100%YYXYNAYN
THERIAULT of ChinaR40%NXYNNAYY
TIPPING of OronoD100%YXYYNAYN
TUCKER of BrunswickD80%YYYYNANE
TUELL of East MachiasR50%NNYYNAYY
VEROW of BrewerD100%YYXXNANANA
WADSWORTH of HiramR25%NNYXNAXY
WARREN of HallowellD100%YYYYNAYN
WHITE of WatervilleD83%NYYYNAYN
WHITE of Mars HillR33%NNYYNANY
ZEIGLER of MontvilleD100%YYYYNAYE