Wabanaki Windows 12/27/22: State of Maine’s attempt to Isolate, Control & Eliminate (ICE) the Wabanaki Tribes

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:
This episode is a replay of the audio portion of the Donna M Loring Lecture Series for 2022 titled “One Nation Under Fraud A Remonstrance” It focuses on a few brief excerpts from the 1942 Maine Legislative Transcripts of the Legislative Research Committee of the 90th Legislative Session, Testimony of Norman McDonald, Director of Social Welfare and Frank Cowan the Attorney General et el. Discussing ICE of the Maine Tribes.

-Formation of the Research Committee
-The purpose of the Committee
-Ways to eliminate the Reservations by assimilation, definition of who is an Indian and how to decrease Tribal Membership.

This show is the foundational show for a new series beginning in Jan 2023. The series will review the 1942 ICE Legislative Transcripts


UNE Professor Jennifer Tuttle, our moderator who is a Dorothy M. Healy Professor of Literature and Health, Director Maine Women Writers Collection. Honorable Rachel Talbot Ross Maine House of Representative
CoAuthors of One Nation Under Fraud A Remonstrance
Honorable Donna Loring Honorable
Joseph Gousse Esq. Attorney, Legal research and writing specialist.
Eric Mehnert, Chief Judge of the Penobscot Nation Tribal Court

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