Archive

View our post archive below to find links to current and previous updates from the Wabanaki Alliance. We also track local, state and national news coverage of issues important to the Wabanaki tribes in Maine. Find a selection of that media coverage in our In the News list.

Take Action to Support LD 2007!

Take Action to Support LD 2007!

LD 2007, a bill to restore inherent tribal sovereignty to the Wabanaki Nations, has a hearing February 26. Find all you need to learn more about the bill, draft your testimony, contact your legislators, write a letter to the editor and more in our LD 2007 Take Action Toolkit!

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Top 10 Takeaways from the Harvard Study

Top 10 Takeaways from the Harvard Study

A 2022 report by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development detailed economic opportunities lost to the Wabanaki Nations due to the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act. We’ve compiled the top 10 takeaways from that report.

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Join the Wabanaki Alliance Coalition

Join the Wabanaki Alliance Coalition

More than 250 businesses and organizations that support Wabanaki inherent sovereignty have joined the Wabanaki Alliance Tribal Coalition! See the list of members and find out how your organization or business can help advance the work of the Wabanaki Alliance!

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Year in Review: A Look Back at 2023

Year in Review: A Look Back at 2023

Our Year in Review highlights the past year’s accomplishments, events, and actions undertaken by the Wabanaki Alliance and our Coalition of nearly 200 advocacy groups, businesses, and faith-based organizations.

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Understanding Tribal Sovereignty

Understanding Tribal Sovereignty

Use this resource to learn more about tribal sovereignty and the Wabanaki Nations’ inherent right to self-governance and what you can do to support Wabanaki sovereignty.

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Write a Letter to the Editor

Write a Letter to the Editor

Letters to the editor can help persuade legislators to pass legislation or change policy. Our LTE Guide offers tips to get your started and a list of newspapers.

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Mainers Overwhelmingly Support Question 6

Mainers Overwhelmingly Support Question 6

Maine voters overwhelmingly passed Question 6 yesterday, approving the amendment to the Maine Constitution with 74% of the vote. The Maine Constitution will now be printed in full for the first time since 1875.

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“Yes on Question 6” on Maine’s Editorial Pages

“Yes on Question 6” on Maine’s Editorial Pages

Editorial pages in newspapers across the state are carrying editorials, guest op-eds, and letters in support of Question 6, demonstrating the broad support of the constitutional amendment to print all of Maine’s constitution, including original tribal treaties that have been omitted from printed versions for more than 100 years.

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Help Pass Question 6 in November!

Help Pass Question 6 in November!

On November 7, Maine voters have an opportunity to Vote Yes on Question 6, a constitutional amendment that would require the state to print the full text of the Maine State Constitution, including a section about Maine’s original treaty obligations to the Wabanaki Nations. Find out what you can do to help the Wabanaki Alliance pass this important constitutional amendment.

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2023 State House Legislative Victories

2023 State House Legislative Victories

The Wabanaki Alliance set a number of legislative priorities for the 131st Maine Legislature, including three measures that are now law and one that advanced a constitutional amendment to the Nov. 7 ballot that was overwhelmingly approved by Maine voters.

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July 13 Event to Celebrate Alliances

July 13 Event to Celebrate Alliances

The Wabanaki Alliance will hold “Nihkaniyane: Let’s Go Forward Together” Thursday, July 13 at the Mallet Barn in Freeport, Wolfe’s Neck Center, to celebrate the strong alliances we’ve built since our inception in 2020. Learn more and purchase your ticket here.

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Take Action: Tell Gov. Mills to Sign LD 2004!

Take Action: Tell Gov. Mills to Sign LD 2004!

LD 2004 is on the Gov. Janet Mills’ desk! She hasn’t signed it yet even though there was overwhelming support from Democrats and Republicans in the Maine Senate and House. We need the Governor to hear your voice to hopefully avert a veto. Read more to find out what actions you can take.

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A Day in Photos: Historic State of the Tribes and Wabanaki Alliance Lobby Day

A Day in Photos: Historic State of the Tribes and Wabanaki Alliance Lobby Day

On March 16, a joint session of the Maine Legislature convened for a State of the Tribes Address, only the second in the state’s history and the first to include all five Wabanaki chiefs. On the same day, nearly 200 Mainers came to the State House for the Wabanaki Alliance Lobby Day. Visit our media gallery for photos and videos from this historic day.

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Article: Tribes in Maine Left Out of Native American Resurgence

Article: Tribes in Maine Left Out of Native American Resurgence

An article in The Conversation, an independent news organization, highlights elements of a recent report from the Harvard Kennedy School that determined the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act has seriously limited the economic growth potential of the Wabanaki Nations, putting them well below the average for all other federally recognized tribes.

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#NotYourMascot

#NotYourMascot

Navigating discussions about Indian-themed mascots is notoriously difficult and time consuming, but communities that invest the time to listen and learn from Indigenous peoples invariably find their communities strengthened as a result. Wabanaki Alliance Coalition partner Suit Up Maine created this guide on how to talk about Indian-themed mascots with guidance from Penobscot Nation Ambassador Maulian Dana.

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Speaker Talbot Ross Meets with Leaders of Wabanaki Nations

Speaker Talbot Ross Meets with Leaders of Wabanaki Nations

Maine Speaker of the House Rachel Talbot Ross met recently with Chiefs Rena Newell, William Nicholas, Edward Peter-Paul, Kirk Francis, and other members of leadership at tribal offices, part of her ongoing legislative work to improve Maine’s relationship with its Tribal neighbors.

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Report Finds Issues with Wabanaki Studies Law Enforcement

Report Finds Issues with Wabanaki Studies Law Enforcement

A new study finds that despite a 21-year-old law requiring all Maine K-12 schools to teach students about the Wabanaki Tribes school districts across the state, school districts have failed to include Wabanaki Studies consistently and appropriately in their curriculum and that the law is not being meaningfully enforced.

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Panel on Wabanaki Studies Law Set for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Panel on Wabanaki Studies Law Set for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

An online panel discussion set for Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 10, will explore the implementation of the 2001 Wabanaki Studies Law and include discussion of a new report examining the law’s effectiveness. The event is hosted by the Abbe Museum, ACLU of Maine, Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission and Wabanaki Alliance.

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2022 Candidate Endorsements and Legislative Scorecard

2022 Candidate Endorsements and Legislative Scorecard

The Wabanaki Alliance today announced their endorsements of candidates for the Maine Legislature and their legislative scorecard for the 130th Maine Legislature. They also announced their decision not to endorse a candidate for Governor of Maine.

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Join the Wabanaki Alliance staff!

Join the Wabanaki Alliance staff!

The Wabanaki Alliance is hiring a Voter Engagement Coordinator and a Digital Content Manager. Learn more about the positions and how to join the Wabanaki Alliance staff!

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