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The Maine Woods – Spring 2015

Tribes pull Reps. from Maine Legislature and go their own way

Photo by A.J. Higgins MPBN

On Tuesday, May 26, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy leaders pulled their representatives from the Maine Legislature as part of a decision to work together, and follow their own leadership within their territories from here on out. It was an historic moment of bravery and leadership by the Tribes.

Here are two articles: MPBN, Tribes Pull Reps from Maine Legislature as Sovereignty Issues Come to Boil

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The Guardian, Two […]

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Flotilla on Penobscot River to Support Tribal Territory and Rights

On May 23, 2015, people converged on the Penobscot River in Bangor to show their support of the Penobscot Nation’s rights over its ancestral territory- the waters of the Penobscot River. The State of Maine issued a letter to the tribe in 2012, redefining the Penobscot’s territory to NOT include the River itself, a direct departure from historical treaties and previous interpretation of treaties and the Land Claims Settlement Act of 1980 by the State of Maine.

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Congress Members Support Penobscot v. Maine in Unprecedented Court Filing

Link to Original Article Rep. Tom Cole: “Some people act as though a treaty signed a hundred or so years ago doesn’t exist – yes, it does as long as the […]

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Will legislators take mining ‘jobs’ bait this time around?

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Op-Ed in the BDN by Dennis Chinoy | May 6, 2015

Contributed photo A screenshot from the website of Aroostook Resources, a firm that formed to mine in Aroostook County.

In December 2012, three lawyers from the legal firm Pierce Atwood published a somewhat self-congratulatory article in a mining journal. “About Face: How a mine moved toward operating in Maine” described how the authors helped craft a bill mandating relaxed mining regulations on […]

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Tribal Member Speaks in Bucksport

Article by Charles Eichacker | Ellsworth American | April 30, 2015

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Looking Back at the Cochabamba Water Revolt

LePage action abrupt, hurtful to tribes

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The governor’s recission of the 2011 executive order that had put the state and Maine’s tribes on equal footing is disturbing. BY CARTER E. CATES | SPECIAL TO THE TELEGRAM

INDIAN ISLAND — I am a Native person. I was born into the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe, and take an affirmed pride in my culture and my people.

I have lived in Maine for 29 years and eternally love this state. Until […]

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Penobscot Chief Francis responds to Governor LePage’s Reversal of Order Promoting Cooperation with Tribes

Somerset Economic Development Council prioritizes East-West Highway in plan

In its plan prepared by Eaton-Peabody consulting group, the Somerset Economic Development Council lists, “pursue East-West Highway” as one of its 14 regional priorities.

http://www.somersetcountymaine.org/SEDCExecSummary.pdf

Stop the East-West Corridor and Defending Water for Life are calling on Somerset County residents to write letters in local papers, as well as step forward to inform the SEDC about the facts available about the Corridor, and share their opinions.

SEDC, along with all of the federally designated economic development zones in […]

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