Wabanaki Windows 2/28/23: Isolation, Control and Elimination series #1

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 is the first show in a series on 1942 Legislative Transcripts on the Indian Problem

Host Donna Loring and her guest Attorney Joseph Gousse discuss the 1942 Legislative Transcripts that were found during research for a new book. The Transcripts outline the State’s Long-range strategy to deal with the Maine Tribes through Isolation, Control and Elimination. The Transcripts are comparable to the Nixon Tapes.

-Background of the time 1942 WWII
-The formation of the Legislaltive Research Committee and its purpose
-Profile of the Committee members
-First 17 pages of the MacDonald Transcript before the LRC

Attorney Joseph Gousse, Legal researcher and writing specialist. In addition to his private practice he has served as professor of legal Research and Writing and professor of Business Law in the Maine Community College System. Prior to practicing law he worked as a Legislative Researcher for the Maine Wabanaki State Child welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commissiion.

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