Wabanaki Windows 6/27/23: ICE 4 Cowan Transcript

Producer/Host: Donna Loring
Other credits: Technical assistance for the show was provided by Joel Mann, WERU Orland 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 reveals the second of three uncovered Indian transcripts. They are from the 1942 Maine Legislative Research Committee. The committee was searching for a way to save money for the State since we were in a World War. They discuss ways to do this in these committee meetings. Much like the Nixon tapes these transcripts are a smoking gun that reveal in the Legislators own words a long-range plan to eliminate the Maine Tribes. Frank Cowan was the Attorney General of the State of Maine. This Transcript shows exactly what the AG thought of the Tribes and reveals a stunning lack of knowledge or regard for the Wabanaki people and for what was owed to them by the State of Maine.

Eric Mehnert, Chief Judge of the Penobscot Nation Tribal Court.
Attorney Joseph Gousse, Legal researcher and writing specialist has worked with the Maine Wabanaki Truth and reconciliation Commission is a Professor of Business Law in the Maine Community College System.
Professors Harald Prins is a Native of the Netherlands. He is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and an Emertus at Kansas State University.
Darren Ranco, Member of the Penobscot Nation. He is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Native American Studies at the University of Maine.

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