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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: North Dakota Access Pipeline part 2

    Program Topic: Largest gathering of Tribes in 100 years

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Any new developments in the courts
    b) Corporate Oil and it’s destruction of Native Land?
    c) Attempt to cover up its use of force against Native people at site
    d) What can we do to support the Human and Civil Rights of the Tribes?

    Guests:
    Sherri Mitchell, Esq.Director of the Land Peace Foundation. she is a Native Rights and Environmental Activist and a Penobscot Nation Tribal Member
    Former Passamaquoddy Tribal Representative Matt Dana just back from Standing Rock
    Tara Houska, Tribal Rights Attorney and National Campaigns Director for Honor the Earth working closely with Winona LaDuke. Tara is at the Standing Rock Camp site.

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Studio Engineers: Amy Browne & Matt Murphy

    Issue: North Dakota Access Pipeline– Largest gathering of Tribes in 100 years

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Corporate Oil and it’s destruction of Native Land?
    b) Attempt to cover up its use of force against Native people at site
    c) What can we do to support the Human and Civil Rights of the Tribes?

    Guests:
    Sherri Mitchell, Esq., Director of the Land Peace Foundation. she is a Native Rights and Environmental Activist and a Penobscot Nation Tribal Member
    Dr. Rebecca Sockbeson University of Alberta, Penobscot Nation Tribal Member
    Chief Kirk Francis, Chief of the Penobscot Nation

    FMI:
    www.seveneaglesmedia.org/
    www.democracynow.org/
    www.honorearth.org/
    www.btlonline.org/2016/seg/160916bf-btl-hall.html
    bsnorrell.blogspot.com/
    www.facebook.com/RedWarriorCamp

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring

    Issue: River case, East West Highway and the Settlement Act

    Program Topic: River Case/Environment

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Where are we now with the River Case?
    b) How does the East West Highway issue connect with the River Case?
    c) How does the Settlement Act affect the case?

    Guest: Sherri Mitchell, Director of the Land Peace Foundation

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring

    Issue: River case update/ Tribal Representatives

    Program Topic: River case and Tribal State issues

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What is the current status of the River case?
    b) What is the current status of the Tribal Representatives
    c) How will the Tribes move forward outside of the State Legislature

    Guests:
    Chief Kirk Francis of the Penobscot Nation

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: River Sovereignty

    Program Topic: Penobscot Nation V Mills et els.

    Key Discussion Points:
    Case background
    Court findings
    Choices moving forward

    Guest: Chief Kirk Francis of the Penobscot Nation

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Audio contributed by John Greenman

    Segment 1: Bill Farrell, a University of Maine Ph.D. Candidate and Senior Advisor on Special Projects, for the international nonprofit Mercy Corps. speaking at the University last week on “The Syrian Refugee Crisis”.

    Segment 2: We bring you to last week’s town council meeting in Bucksport, where a vote was held on withdrawing the town’s legal support of the state in Penobscot Nation v Mills, a lawsuit between the state and the Penobscot Nation.

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Penobscot Nation v Mills : Decision at US District Court

    Key Discussion Points:

    1) Yesterday, US District Court Judge George Singal ruled that the Penosbcot Nation’s reservation does not include the river waters flowing through it.
    2) While Judge Singal affirmed the right of individual tribal members to sustenance fishing in the main stem of the Penosbcot River, he sided with the State of Maine in ruling that the Penobscot flowing through tribal territory is not part of the reservation. He based his decision on the State’s interpretation of the controversial Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act,saying if the Act did not explicitly mention the water as part of the territory, then the water is not included. The Tribe holds if they did not explicitly give up their rights to the waterway in the Settlement Act, they did not give it up.
    3) In the landmark case, Penobscot Nation v Maine Attornay General Janet Mills, The Penobscot Nation opposed the Maine Attorney General’s Office 2012 opinion that the Penobscot Indian reservation, which includes more than 200 islands in the Penobscot River, does not include any portion of the water. The Penobscot Nation has argued this amounts to a territorial taking by the state and erases their inherent, treaty reserved sustenance fishing rights.

    In October, Judge Singal heard oral arguments from Penobscot Nation counsel, counsel for the US Dept of Justice, intervening in the case on behalf of the Penobscot Nation, the Attorney General’s Office’s, and Pierce Atwood counsel which is representing a consortium of pollution dischargers intervening on behalf of the state.

    Guest: Sherri Mitchell, member of the Penobscot Tribe, indigenous rights attorney

    landpeacefoundation.net/

    www.facebook.com/dawnlanddefense

    www,sunlightmediacollective.org

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Seven Eagles Media and N”We Jinan Youth Project with David Hodges

    Program Topic: Creating Original Songs

    Key Discussion Points:
    Is there hidden talent in Native Communities ready to be discovered?
    How does this enhance the self- image of Native Youth?
    Does this opportunity give them an out let for their Talents and hope for the future?

    Guests:
    David Hodges, Music Educator and Hip Hop Artist from Montreal Quebec
    Julian Loring, a Young Adult Rapper and Penobscot Nation Tribal Member

    FMI:

    www.facebook.com/werufm
    www.facebook.com/nwejinan

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