Dawnland Signals 4/15/21: Maine’s efforts to fully comply with the ICWA

Producers/Hosts: Maria Girouard, Esther Anne
Engineer: Jeffrey Hotchkiss

Critical conversations of truth, healing, and change in the Dawnland

Honoring the Indian Child Welfare Act: Maine’s efforts to fully comply with the ICWA

-Truth Commission’s third recommendation for Maine to improve staff ICWA training
-The importance of educating about the history that led to the ICWA
-What citizens can do to support the ICWA

Norma Saulis, Penobscot, ICWA Coordinator for Aroostook Band of Micmacs; Martha Proulx, Maine Office of Child and Family Services and ICWA Liaison; Xi Chen, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Maine Attorney General.

About the hosts:

Esther Anne, is a Passamaquoddy from Sipayik who lives on Indian Island and serves on the Wabanaki REACH Board of Directors.

Maria Girouard, Penobscot from Indian Island, is Executive Director of Maine-Wabanaki REACH, a statewide organization working toward truth, healing, and change in the Dawnland. Maria is a tribal historian with a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Maine and a special interest in the Maine Indian Land Claims. Maria has devoted years to community organizing, environmental stewardship and activism, and growing food in tribal communities.