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Wabanaki Self-Determination:Earth Treaties to Settlement Acts & Beyond
Written by John Dieffenbacher-Krall
from
March 12, 2014
The Wabanaki Center, Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, and American Friends Service Committee Healing Justice Program New England present the second annual events in the Wabanaki Treaty Lecture Series for 3/19, noon - 4 pm, Sipayik, & 3/20, 7 pm, Wells Conf. Center, UMaine.

MITSC Urges Dialogue Between Tribes, State on Elvers
Written by John Dieffenbacher-Krall
from
January 27, 2014
Today the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (MITSC) released a letter addressed to the Marine Resources Committee joined by all of its former elected Chairs urging the legislators to reject changes proposed in LD 1625, An Act To Clarify the Law Concerning Maine's Elver Fishing License, that would undermine contested Tribal salt-water fishing rights and strain tribal-state relations. In its January 23 letter, the Commission puts the Legislature and Attorney General’s Office on notice that the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act (MICSA) prohibits extinguishing Aboriginal unceded reserved rights through State legislation.

A chance for Maine to lead on indigenous human rights
Written by Walter Echo-Hawk
from Bangor Daily News
September 2, 2013
In August, the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission sent a 14-page letter accompanied by more than 400 pages of addenda to James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The pages contained reams of evidence bolstering the commission’s claim that the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act and the Maine Implementing Act have resulted in members of the state’s Wabanaki tribes living in socioeconomic conditions that have risen to the level of human rights violations.

MITSC reports humanitarian crisis in tribes
Written by Edward French
from The Quoddy Tides
August 23, 2013
The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (MITSC) has forwarded documents to a United Nations investigator that the commission says show a humanitarian crisis facing Wabanaki tribes in Maine caused by the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act (MICSA) and the Maine Implementing Act (MIA).

ME Commission Seeks UN Action on State’s Tribal Human Rights Violation
Written by Gale Courey Toensing
from ICTMN
August 22, 2013
A mix of anti-Indian laws and court rulings along with the Maine state attorney general’s unilateral interpretations of the Wabanaki nations’ settlement acts have imposed restrictive conditions on the tribes that now rise to the level of human rights violations, the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (MITSC) has reported to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Maine State-Tribal Commission Raises Human Rights Concerns with UN
Written by Jay Field
from MPBN
August 14, 2013
A state-tribal relations commission is raising concerns that enforcement of the Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 is violating the human rights of the state's Native Americans. The law, signed by former President Jimmy Carter in 1980, gave the tribes more than $80 million, and offered them federal recognition.* In return, the tribes agreed to abide by Maine's laws. But in a recent letter to a United Nations official, the tribes say the arrangement has been enforced and interpreted in a way that has violated the human rights of Maine's Wabanaki people. Jay Field reports. * See Editor's Note below

Maine Tribal-State Commission airs human rights concerns to UN
Written by Nick McCrea
from Bangor Daily News
August 13, 2013
The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission submitted a 14 page letter to UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples James Anaya explaining how the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act and Maine Implementing Act are causing the structural oppression of Wabanaki Tribes within the State of Maine.

MITSC Documents Humanitarian Crisis Faced by Wabanaki Tribes
Written by John Dieffenbacher-Krall
from Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission
August 9, 2013
Responding to a request from UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples James Anaya, the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (MITSC) recently submitted a fourteen page letter and twenty-one documents supplementing its original filing of May 16, 2012 asserting that the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act (MICSA) and Maine Implementing Act (MIA) “have created structural inequities that have resulted in conditions that have risen to the level of human rights violations.”

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