By Maria Girouard – Penobscot historian.
Panawapskewi (“Penobscot people”) are the indigenous people of this territory, and have nurtured a relationship with and maintained a presence on the Penobscot River for thousands of years. We are an ancient riverine people who have survived enormous losses as a result of colonization – displacement of our ancestors, destruction of our fisheries, degradation of the Water, deforestation of traditional hunting grounds, and disruption in our traditional form of governance.
A Colonial […]
On Thursday, June 4, the Judicicary Committee reconsidered our bill, LD 1168, with amendments agreed to by STEWC, the Maine department of transportation, and Sen. Paul Davis, and voted unanimously “ought to pass” on the bill. In a nuthsell, we chose to use our initial 6-3 win on the original eminent domain bill as a tool to negotiate for protections that actually have a very good chance of becoming law. The Governor had vowed to veto the original bill, and […]
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Publication of the redacted passages, many involving the state’s treaty obligations to its Indian tribes, has been banned for 139 years. BY COLIN WOODARD STAFF WRITER firstname.lastname@example.org | @WoodardColin | 207-791-6317
INDIAN ISLAND — One hundred and thirty-nine years ago, 2,100 words of Maine’s Constitution vanished from circulation, although they remained in effect.
The sections, which included the treaty obligations with Indian tribes that Maine agreed to assume as a condition […]
LD 1168 was voted “Ought to Pass” by the 127th Legislature’s Judiciary Committee by 6 – 3
LD 1168 prevents eminent domain from being used by a private entity, or in certain Public-Private Partnerships (P3) on behalf of a private entity, by amending the Public-Private-Partnership for Transportation Projects Law, and the law that restricts eminent domain use.
Video of the work session and vote for LD 1168 is located at:
(thank you Eric Tuttle […]
Continue reading Action time! Next steps on LD 1168!
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
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.
Continue reading Flotilla on Penobscot River to Support Tribal Territory and Rights
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 […]
Note to readers: There are two email postings listed first, and then STEWC’s Testimony on LD 1168 is listed last. On Mon, May 4, 2015 at 9:33 AM, Chris Buchanan <chris(at)defendingwater(dot)net> wrote: Hi all,
I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weekend! I was up in Sangerville yesterday and everything seemed so alive. I love seeing the yard sales starting up again. I hope everyone’s appreciating the sunshine as much as I am! I wanted to follow up on […]
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