Producer/Host: Donna Loring
Other credits: Technical assistance for the show was provided by Joel Mann WERU Orland Maine and Jessica Lockhart of WMPG Portland Portland Maine.
Music for the show was from the CD Dream Walk by Rolfe Richter
Wabanaki Windows is a monthly show featuring topics of interest from a Wabanaki perspective. The issue this month is: Sovereignty and its meaning. This show is the 4th show in the part 2 series.
Tribal Sovereignty was never recognized by the State. This non-recognition was used to Control and marginalize the Tribes and as Dr. Ranco suggested this attitude is embedded into the DNA of the State.
The refusal of the State to recognize our sovereignty has kept the State in control and allowed it to enrich itself at the Tribes expense. We will follow this thread of State enrichment at Tribal expense.
-The historic blue print the state followed to keep control
-Land Claims issues that kept the Tribes in poverty
-Present effect of the Land Claims good and bad
Professor Harald Prins is a distinguished professor of Anthropology and an Emeritis at Kansas State University. He is an expert in Wabanaki History.
Professor Darren Ranco is a Penobscot Tribal Member and an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Native American Studies at the University of Maine Orono.
Maria Girouard is a Penobscot Nation Tribal Member, she is the Executive Director of Wabanaki Reach, A statewide organization working towards truth, healing and change. She has a master’s degree in history. Her thesis was written on the Land Claims Act. She continues to research the Act.
About the host:
Donna M Loring is a Penobscot Indian Nation Tribal Elder, and former Council Member. She represented the Penobscot Nation in the State Legislature for over a decade. She is a former Senior Advisor on Tribal Affairs to Governor Mills. She is the author of “In The Shadow of The Eagle A Tribal Representative In Maine”. Donna has an Annual lecture series in her name at the University of New England that addresses Social Justice and Human Rights issues. In 2017 She received an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Humane Letters from the University of Maine Orono and was given the Alumni Service Award. It is the most prestigious recognition given by the University of Maine Alumni Association. It is presented Annually to a University of Maine graduate whose life’s work is marked by outstanding achievements in professional, business, civic and/or Public service areas. Donna received a second Honorary Doctorate from Thomas College in May of 2022