Chronicle Talks Wabanaki Culture at Bar Harbor

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This week, WCVB5 Boston’s popular Chronicle travel journal visited Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, where the sun first rises on the US East Coast. They spoke with Passamaquoddy George Neptune at the Abbe Museum about the culture  and the People of the Dawnland, the Wabanakiak. Watch the video – Wabanaki footage at 2:30.

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Maine Tribes Say Trust Is Deteriorating

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Pleasant Point, ME – Native American tribes who trace their history back millenniums say their trust in the government of Maine is at a new low.

What has long been an uneasy peace between the state government and the tribes that desire sovereignty has degraded with clashes on issues such as fishing rights and new casinos. The dispute has become so vitriolic that Gov. Paul R. LePage withdrew an executive order that sought to promote cooperation between the two sides, and some of the tribes abandoned their seats in the Legislature.

“This marriage between the tribe and the state is little more than a shotgun wedding between unwilling partners,” said Fred Moore, the chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point. “There’s always value in reconciling, but that requires both sides to want to come to the table.”

Read the full New York Times article for more.

 

Passamaquoddy Tribe to Launch Language Immersion Program

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Passamaquoddy Donald Soctomah will serve as program administrator.

From the Bangor Daily News:

PLEASANT POINT, Maine — A three-year, $750,000 federal grant from the Administration of Native Americans is aimed at helping the Passamaquoddy revive their language.

The tribe will use the money to develop two language immersion programs for preschoolers and a handful of adults — one at each of the reservations in Pleasant Point and Indian Township, said Donald Soctomah, who is serving as administrator as an in-kind contribution required by the grant.

Native Americans’ Report Reveals History of ‘Cultural Genocide’ in Maine

An article in the Bangor Daily News sums up the final report of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission. The five-member panel “gathered more than 160 statements from 13 focus groups in Maine” in their two years of work. Their final report, presented June 14, 2015, outlined 16 points of concern in summary of their disquieting findings.