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 last part of the third and final Transcript. 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. Ralph Proctor was the researcher hired by the Committee. This Transcript shows the results of Procter’s research, clearly recommending the elimination of the Tribes and their lands.
Eric Mehnert, Chief Judge of the Penobscot Nation Tribal Court
Joseph Gousse, Attorney Legal researcher and writer
Professor Harald Prins, a Native of the Netherlands, a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, and an Emertus at Kansas State University
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