Penobscots Vacate Seat in Maine Legislature

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The Penobscot Nation is formally vacating a seat the tribe has held in the Maine Legislature for more than 150 years and, instead, plans to select an ambassador to work with the state and federal governments.

More than a mere title change, the switch from non-voting state representative to a full-time “government relations ambassador” is a symbolic and historic shift that reflects the tensions between state officials and leaders of Maine’s federally recognized Indian tribes, most notably the Penobscots and the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

Full story at the Portland Press-Herald.

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2 thoughts on “Penobscots Vacate Seat in Maine Legislature”

    1. It seems that the position was likely more symbolic than effective; however, it is true that symbols have a degree of power on their own. But barring that, it seems to me that this current Penobscot move demonstrates strong, powerful focus and decisive action toward sovereign conduct, a cohesive strategy that I applaud. We need more of such thoughtful, committed leadership. Thinking in Indian, not by the colonizer’s rules – as John Mohawk said.

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