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Latest Message from Social Justice Committee’s Wabanaki Advocacy

Thank you to all who attended our service for Indigenous People’s Day last Sunday and showed interest in supporting Tribal Sovereignty in Maine. Below is more information for Learning and Taking Action.

The Wabanaki Alliance held a powerful virtual rally and cultural program on Indigenous People’s Day, which was recorded and can be viewed on their Facebook page. If you missed the event, watch it online:

Rally for Wabanaki Rights: A Virtual Rally for Indigenous Peoples’ Day from Headlight Audio Visual on Vimeo.

 

Read the Op-Ed of Tribal Chiefs in Bangor Daily News for IPD:
Bangor Daily News – Without self-government, Indigenous Peoples Day does not honor Maine’s Wabanaki tribes

 

Wabanaki Alliance also launched a Take Action page on their website that gives you all the information you need to support LD 1626, the comprehensive Tribal Sovereignty bill before the Maine Legislature: FAQs on LD 1626, Talking Points, Contact your Legislators, Write a Letter to the Editor and more:
Take Action – Wabanaki Alliance

Wabanaki Alliance urges allies to Contact Governor Mills and ask her to support this legislation:
Contact | Office of Governor Janet T. Mills (maine.gov)

 

More Events for Indigenous People’s Week:

University of Maine – Farmington is hosting a number of events, including virtual access to short films on water rights affecting the Penobscot Tribe. See the full menu of offerings here:
Indigenous Peoples’ Week 2021 – Diversity (maine.edu)

 

 


Support LD 1626 and other Tribal Sovereignty bills in the Maine Legislature

There are several bills before the current 130th Maine State Legislature that seek to restore Tribal Sovereignty to Maine tribes – which they lost in the 1980 Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act – and give Maine’s tribes the same federal recognition as over 500 other tribes.

The main bill is LD 1626 “An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act”, sponsored by Rep. Rachel Talbot-Ross.

Read a summary of the bill HERE: LD 1626, HP 1210, Text and Status, 130th Legislature, First Special Session (mainelegislature.org)

Contact your State Legislators and urge them to support Tribal Sovereignty in anticipation of a vote once the Legislature reconvenes in January 2022. You can find your state legislators HERE: Find Your Maine State Legislators (salsalabs.org)

 

You can read background information on the situation of Maine’s tribes and the Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 at the Wabanaki Alliance Website Who We Are – Wabanaki Alliance

 

The Reciprocity Principle and Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Understanding the Significance of Indigenous Protest on the Presumpscot River

You can read the full study here.

 

 


De-Colonizing – A Call for Sovereignty for Maine Tribes

A Service for Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Oct 10, 2021, Allen Avenue UU Church, Portland, ME

 

Below are links to sources that were used for this service, and to resources for further reading.

 

Land acknowledgement

About Land Acknowledgements, their purpose and format:

Guide to Indigenous Land and Territorial Acknowledgements for Cultural Institutions – Cultural Institutions Guide to Land Acknowledgements

Wabanaki REACH website: Land_Acknowledgment_Resources_2021.pdf (d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net)

About Wabanaki History in what now is Maine:

Wabanaki History – Wabanaki Alliance

 

Time for All Ages:     The River to Which I Belong: The Story of Chief Polin

For a summary of Chief Polin’s history, read this Portland Press Herald article, Sept 30, 2018:

Memorial to Abenaki leader killed in 1756 unveiled in Westbrook – Portland Press Herald

If you want to dive deeper into the history and understand its significance, read this article:

(PDF) The Reciprocity Principle and Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Understanding the Significance of Indigenous Protest on the Presumpscot River | Cassandra Brooks and Lisa Brooks – Academia.edu

 

Reflection:                 A Call for Sovereignty of Maine Tribes     

To learn more about MICSA – the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act of 1980 – check out the resource page in the Wabanaki REACH website

MICSA_resources_2021.pdf (d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net)

To understand the long and complicated history between the tribes and the state of Maine, and the impact of MICSA on tribal-state relationships, read the account by the Wabanaki Alliance:

Wabanaki History – Wabanaki Alliance

Unpublished script for a Sovereignty Service at First Parish UU, Portland, ME, in May 2021,

By Leslie Runser and Barbara Brown, Wabanaki Ally Team, used with permission

Opinions from non-tribal allies in support of tribal sovereignty:

Rep. Jared Golden to Bangor Daily News, April 4, 2021:

It’s time to modernize Maine’s tribal-state relations (bangordailynews.com)

Michael Carpenter, Esq., former Maine Attorney General to Bangor Daily News, Sept. 24, 2021

It’s time to correct legal inequities harming Maine’s tribes (bangordailynews.com)

 

Dawnland Film:

Wabanaki REACH hosted a film discussion on October 11, 2021 (Indigenous People’s Day), at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Online – Zoom.

This event has passed, but you can still learn more about Dawnland and find places to watch at: https://dawnland.org/

Dawnland is a documentary about the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Film makers Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip follow the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing.