On June 30, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that severs the Penobscot Indian Nation from the waters of the Penobscot River, a ruling that Penobscot Indian Nation Chief Kirk Francis says is reminiscent of federal termination policy—or worse.
“The river and our relationship to it and the 200 islands [that form the reservation] are the core of our cultural identity. If our ability to protect the river is taken away, we lose a big part of who we are,” Francis told ICMN.
Read the full story by Tanya Lee in Indian Country Today.
Members of Maine’s Wabanaki tribes are hoping a planned purchase of land along the Penobscot River is the first step in establishing a center for culture and healing in the state.
The 85-acre parcel, owned by Suffolk University, is in Passadumkeag and is the only available land access to Olamon Island, a historic and ceremonial gathering place for the Penobscot Nation, according to Tim Shay, president of theWabanaki Cultural Preservation Commission.
The commission’s Nibezun Earth Project is working to raise the $677,000 that Suffolk University is asking for the parcel.
Read the whole story in the Bangor Daily News.
Paul Frost submits his rebuttal to Maine Attorney General Janet Mills’ op-ed in the Bangor Daily News, following the U.S. District Court’s decision in favor of the tribe’s fishing rights. BDN story: “Sovereignty shouldn’t be the right to pollute Penobscot River“