Archives for Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act

RadioActive 3/9/17

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Program Topic: Report on Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act

Key Discussion Points:

1) Today we hear part of a March 2nd presentation before the Maine State Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, on new report examining the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act, authored by the Suffolk University’s Indigenous Rights Clinic and commissioned by the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission.
2).The report, “The Drafting and Enactment of the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act: Report on Research Findings and Initial Observations”, includes a compilation of documents and communications from the time of the Settlement Act negotiations, with particular examination of such issues as reserved rights to resources, unabrogated treaty rights, conflicts of terminology between sustenance and subsistence, “internal tribal matters”, and the application of federal Indian law in Maine.
3). We hear interviews from the four of the five Wabanaki tribal chiefs present.

Nichole Fredricks. Report author, Suffolk University’s Indigenous Rights Clinic,
Chief Kirk Francis, Penobscot Nation,
Chief Brenda Commander. Houlton Band of the Maliseet,
Chief Charlie Peter Paul. Aroostook Band of the MicMac,
Chief Ralph Dana, Passamaquoddy at Sipayik,

This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

Wabanaki Windows 8/19/14

Producer/Host: Donna Loring
Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Historical background of the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act/ Manahan letter

Maine Indian Land Claims what was it like back then?

Key Discussion Points:
What was the racial tone at that time?
What was the media saying?
How does this relate to the Manahan editorial?

Sherri Mitchell, esq. Penobscot Nation Tribal Member and Director of the Land Peace Foundation
Maria Girouard, Native Rights and Environmental Activist and Penobscot Nation Tribal Member