Wabanaki Windows 9/26/23: Legislative Research Committee Recommendations to the Legislature

Producer/Host: Donna Loring
Other credits: Technical assistance for the show was provided by Joel Mann, WERU Orland Maine.
Music by Ralph Richter, a track called little eagles from his CD Dream Walk

Wabanaki Windows is a monthly show featuring topics of interest from a Wabanaki perspective.

This month: This episode reveals the conclusions and recommendations the committee makes to the Maine State Legislature. They recommend bills and amendments. The committee was searching for a way to save money for the State since we were in a World War. Their recommendations were accepted by the Legislature and became the long range strategic plan for State Indian Policy. 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. The Proctor Report used as the basis for future planning and Indian Policy. Procter clearly recommends the elimination of the Tribes and their lands.

Eric Mehnert, Chief Judge of the Penobscot Nation Tribal Court
Professor Harald Prins is a Native of the Netherlands he is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and an Emertus at Kansas State University.
Professor Darren Ranco, Penobscot Nation Tribal Member, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of 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