Wabanaki Windows 9/27/22: Maine Indian Land Claims

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.

This month:
In this episode Professor Harald Prins, Attorney’s Corey Hinton, Sherri Mitchell, and Nicole Friederichs focus in detail on the Maine Indian Land Claims the legal terms used in the act and the effect of the Act on present day Penobscot, Passamaquoddy and Maliseet Communities. What we should do with the Act in the future.
-Sovereignty/what it means for Penobscot in the language.
-Federal Indian Law and how it is applied if at all.
-What should happen with the Land Claims for future consideration.

Professor Harald Prins is a distinguished professor of Anthropology and an Emeritis at Kansas State University. He an expert in Wabanaki History.
Sherri Mitchell Esq. is a member of the Penobscot Nation. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, magna cum laude and received her Juris Doctorate and a certificate in Indigenous People’s Law and Policy from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law.
Corey Hinton Esq. is a citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe from Pleasant Point. He is also an attorney at the law firm of Drummond Woodsum, where he leads the firm’s Tribal Nations practice group.
Nicole Friederichs Esq is a Practitioner-in-Residence at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA where she teaches Federal Indian Law and directs the Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples Clinic.

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