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.

Tribal Issues in the News

Tribal Issues in the News

Read a guest editorial by Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis and Penobscot Nation Tribal Ambassador Maulian Bryant on the importance of a bill recently signed into law that restores jurisdiction over certain criminal offenses to tribal courts and creates concurrent jurisdiction between tribal and state courts over others.

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Join the Wabanaki Alliance Coalition

Join the Wabanaki Alliance Coalition

More than 270 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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Wabanaki stewardship of the land benefits all

Wabanaki stewardship of the land benefits all

This month’s Wabanaki Voices column focuses on recent collaborations between conservation groups and Indigenous peoples across the world, including here in the place we now call Maine. It was written by Dr. Darren Ranco, a citizen of the Penobscot Nation, chair of Native American Programs and coordinator of Native American Research at the University of Maine, and a member of the Planning Team for the Wabanaki Commission on Land and Stewardship.

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Wabanaki Alliance Media & Style Guide

Wabanaki Alliance Media & Style Guide

The Wabanaki Alliance has launched a new media and style guide with common sense approaches to writing accurately and respectfully regarding Wabanaki people, history, land, and culture.

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LD 2007 Talking Points

LD 2007 Talking Points

Find talking points for letters to the editor or conversations with your legislators, friends, and neighbors on LD 2007, a bill that would make specific changes to the criminal jurisdiction provisions of the 1980 Maine Implementing Act and the Mi’kmaq Nation Restoration Act.

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Amended LD 2007 would bolster Wabanaki Nations’ power to protect our citizens

Amended LD 2007 would bolster Wabanaki Nations’ power to protect our citizens

This month’s Wabanaki Voices column in the Bangor Daily News focuses on how the amended version of LD 2007 would establish stronger tribal courts. Authors include Maulian Bryant, Penobscot Nation Tribal Ambassador and President of the Wabanaki Alliance; Osihkiyol Crofton-Macdonald, Houlton Band of Maliseets Tribal Ambassador; Aaron Dana, Passamaquoddy Nation Tribal Representative; Rena Newell, Sipayik citizen; and Richard Silliboy, Vice Chief of the Mi’kmaq Nation.

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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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With LD 2007, Maine can recognize Wabanaki self-determination

With LD 2007, Maine can recognize Wabanaki self-determination

The first installment in the Bangor Daily News’ monthly column Wabanaki Voices offers background on efforts to restore inherent tribal sovereignty to the Wabanaki Nations. It was written by Kirk Francis, Chief of the Penobscot Nation, Clarissa Sabattis, Chief of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, and Edward Peter Paul, Chief of the Mi’kmaq Nation.

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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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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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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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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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