Defending Water for Life in Maine and Stop the East-West Corridor are fully committed to supporting the Penobscot Nation in their fight to maintain their River. Below is an urgent update and call to action from Penobscot historian, activist, and founder of Dawnland Environment Defense, Maria Girouard:
From: Maria Girouard <sacredhomelands(at)gmail(dot)com>
Date: Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 8:15 AM
Dear Friends and Allies of the Penobscot River, Last week, Maine Governor Lepage escalated the river dispute between […]
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The state contests the agency’s authority to order stricter pollution limits to ensure sustenance fishing is safe. By Colin Woodard Staff Writer | Portland Press Herald firstname.lastname@example.org | @WoodardColin | 207-791-6317
Maine plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a ruling intended to ensure that members of Maine’s Indian tribes can safely eat large quantities of fish for sustenance.
The move, disclosed in a letter this […]
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Nok-Noi Ricker | BDN Orono resident and Penobscot Indian Nation member Maria Girouard speaks to the Orono Community Development Committee about withdrawing from a lawsuit the Penobscot have against the state over tribal waters. “I have a sense you don’t really understand the severity of the decision,” she told council members. “I’ve spent the good part of a year or so [educating people] and nobody has any idea that the state government is in this fight with the […]
Continue reading Orono panel endorses withdrawal from Penobscot Nation water rights lawsuit
The Penobscots are an ancient river-based people. Taking away their waterway is cultural theft.
FRYEBURG — In 2012, then-Attorney General William Schneider, on behalf of the state of Maine, initiated a dubious claim against the Penobscot Nation, challenging their rights to the river water on their reservation. The Penobscot were left no choice but to defend their territory through legal channels.
Schneider’s successor, Janet Mills, is continuing the litigation process with the backing of powerful corporate […]
Continue reading Maine Voices: State should drop lawsuit that would grab river from Penobscot Nation
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By SUSAN SHARON • FEB 5, 2015 | Maine Public Broadcasting Network
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AUGUSTA, Maine – In a decision that is being welcomed as “historic” by Maine Indian tribes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked the state of Maine to revise some water quality standards for tribal waters.
The decision comes during ongoing litigation brought by the state against the EPA. Maine’s […]
Continue reading EPA Decision: Maine Water Quality Standards Inadequate for Tribal Waters
The indigenous peoples who have lived in what is now called “Maine” for over 10,000 years, are under attack by the State of Maine. The fishing rights of the Passamaquoddy and the Penobscots, and agreements recognizing the tribes as sovereign nations, are being attacked or denied by lawmakers in the Maine State Legislature, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho. This is what genocide looks like today.
Perhaps not coincidentally, the land […]
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