Archives for Wabanaki Windows

Wabanaki Windows 6/15/10

Producer/Host: Donna Loring

Guest cohost: Maria Girouard, Director, Penobscot Cultural and Historic Preservation Department

Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: Native America Veterans

What is the historical context of native involvement in American wars?  How was Penobscot alliance with France established?  (Family bloodlines with French nobility)  How was Public Law, Chapter 51, LD30, “An Act to Establish Native American Veterans’ Day” introduced and passed?

Guest: James E. Francis, Tribal Historian,

Wabanaki Windows 5/18/10

Producer/Host: Donna Loring

Cohost: Maria Girouard, Director, Penobscot Cultural & Historic Dept.

Guest: James Francis,  Penobscot Tribal Historian

Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: School Mascots

What is the status of the mascot issue in Maine?  What is the problem with Indian Mascots?  Why is the term “redskins” particularly offensive?

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Wabanaki Windows 4/20/10

Producer/Host:  Donna Loring

Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

Topic:  The Penobscot Cultural Website (

What resources can be found on the website for educators?  What other valuable information can be found on the website?  And what were the reasons for creating the site (for educators, for tribal citizens and for the general public)?


James Francis, Tribal Historian,

Maria Girouard, Director, Penobscot Cultural Department

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Wabanaki Windows 3/16/10

Producer/Host: Donna Loring

Guest Cohosts: Maria Girouard and James Francis

Guest: Chief Kirk Francis, Penobscot Nation

Topics:  Perceptions and realities of tribal economics and conditions.   Current tribal economic development efforts.  History of tribal-state relations.

Wabanaki Windows 2/16/10

Producer/Host: Donna Loring

Topic: The Christian Doctrine of Discovery

What is the doctrine of discovery?  How does it effect Indians today?  What can be done to combat the doctrine?


Maria Girouard, Director, Penobscot Nation Cultural & Historic Preservation,

Gale Corey-Toensing, Indian Country Today

Resources for learning about the Christian Doctrine of Discovery:

George E. Tinker (Osage/Cherokee), Missionary Conquest: The Gospel and Native American Cultural Genocide, Augsburg Press, Minneapolis, 1993.

George E. Tinker (Osage/Cherokee),  American Indian Liberation: A Theology of Sovereignty, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY, 2008.

Newcomb, Steven T. (Shawnee/Lenape), Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, Fulcrum, Golden, CO, 2008.

Miller, Robert J. (Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma), Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny, Praeger, Westport, CT, 2006.

United Nations General Assembly “The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, 2007, Available for download from UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UNPFII, click EN for English language version; also find background information on this website.

Deloria, Vine, Jr (Lakota), God is Red: A Native View of Religion, Fulcrum, Golden, CO, 1973.

Awkwesasne Notes, Mohawk Nation (with Chief Oren Lyons, John Mohawk, Jose Barreiro), “Basic Call to Consciousness”, 2005, Book Publishing, Summertown, TN

Aperture, Michael E. Hoffman, Executive Director, “Strong Hearts: Native American Visions and Voices, Aperture, NY, 1995.

Williams, Robert A 1955, Like a Loaded Weapon:

The Rehnquist Court, Indian Rights and the Legal History of Racism in America

Copyright 2005 by the Regents of the University of Minnesota

Wabanaki Windows 12/15/09

Producer/Host: Donna Loring

Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: Prophesy of the Seven Council Fires

What is the prophesy about?  Who are the Anisinabe?  What is native thought re: the future?

Guests:  John Bear Mitchell, Associate Director, Wabanaki Center, University of Maine;  Maria Girouard

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Wabanaki Windows 11/17/09

Producer/Host: Donna Loring
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne
Topic: Chief Oren Lyons talk at the University of Maine
How do Native people interact with the natural world? Is the world as we know it sustainable and in balance? What is the bottom line?
Guest: Chief Oren Lyons, traditional Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan and member of the Onondaga Nation Council of Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.

Both the edited version (that aired), and the longer, full version, are archived below.

Wabanaki Windows 10/20/09

Producer/Host: Donna Loring
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne
Guests: James E. Francis, Sr., Tribal Historian, Penobscot Cultural and Historic Preservation,; Maria Girouard, Director, Penobscot Cultural and Historic Preservation,
How does the myth of Columbus perpetuate stereotypes? What is the Wabanaki perspective of Columbus Day? How has native voice been incorporated into education?
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