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Debate heats up over rights of state to limit tribal fishing of eels
Written by Douglas Rooks
from Sun Journal
July 27, 2014
Tensions over saltwater fishing rights have persisted between the state and the Passamaquoddy for many years, and the conflict is now the subject of a report from the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission issued earlier this month. MITSC was created under the Indian Land Claims Settlement Act of 1980, federal legislation that resolved claims by the tribes to nearly two- thirds of the land area of Maine.

Report finds state unilaterally restricts tribe's fishing rights
Written by Edward French
from The Quoddy Tides
July 25, 2014
The Maine Legislature has unilaterally acted to restrict the saltwater fishing rights of Passamaquoddy tribal members by circumventing the required amendment process under the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act, according to a recently issued report from the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission (MITSC). The MITSC report found that the legislature did not receive the consent of the tribe when it approved fishery legislation on three separate occasions -- in 1998, when the first tribal saltwater fishing bill was enacted, and in 2013 and 2014, when tribal elver fishing bills were passed.

Francis on Maine Commission Report: Tribe’s Complaints Are Justified
Written by Gale Courey Toensing
from ICTMN
July 20, 2014
Following a new report that says Maine lawmakers violated the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act with the passing of a law this spring that limited the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s jurisdiction over elvers fishing without the tribe’s consent, Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis said in a statement the tribe’s complaints have been proven justified.

Socobasin on ME Commission Rpt: Not a Commercial Venture – Our Culture
Written by Gale Courey Toensing
from ICTMN
July 19, 2014
Following a new report that says Maine lawmakers violated the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act with the passing of a law this spring that limited the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s jurisdiction over elvers fishing without the tribe’s consent, Passamaquoddy Tribe at Motahkmikuk Chief Joseph Socobasin wants to make sure the Maine lawmakers know the fishing isn’t a commercial venture – it’s a culture.

Cleaves on Maine Commission Report: Committed to Discussion on Sharing
Written by Gale Courey Toensing
from ICTMN
July 18, 2014
Following a new report that says Maine lawmakers violated the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act with the passing of a law this spring that limited the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s jurisdiction over elvers fishing without the tribe’s consent, Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik Chief Reuben (Clayton) Cleaves says the tribe remains committed to finding a common answer.

‘Racism Is Central’ to Tribal Conflict with Maine, Says Report
Written by Gale Courey Toensing
from ICTMN
July 17, 2014
When Maine lawmakers passed a law this spring that limited the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s jurisdiction over elvers fishing, they violated the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act by acting without the tribe’s consent, an important new report says.

MITSC Report Finds ME Leg. Circumvented MIA Amendment Process
Written by John Dieffenbacher-Krall
from
July 11, 2014
The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (MITSC) released a report on the saltwater fisheries conflict between Passamaquoddy and the State of Maine, finding the Maine Legislature circumvented the amendment process required under the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act (MICSA, http://www.mitsc.org/documents/33_FedSettActALL.pdf) on three separate occasions when it legislated on saltwater fishery issues without the consent of the Passamaquoddy Tribe in 1998, 2013, and 2014. The MITSC calls all parties back to the table to resolve the conflict and reminds the Maine Legislature that it must follow the amendment process specified in the MICSA. The Commission also recommends the use of memoranda of understanding (MOU) between the tribes and the state to resolve long-standing and pervasive conflicts.

Panel finds Maine Legislature erred in passing laws on tribal fishing
Written by Dawn Gagnon
from Bangor Daily News
July 11, 2014
The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission released a report Friday in which it found the Maine Legislature circumvented the amendment process set forth in the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act when it passed laws on saltwater fishery matters without the consent of the Passamaquoddy Tribe in 1998, 2013 and 2014.

Why forcing a student newspaper to use a racial slur is wrong on so ma
Written by Erin Rhoda
from Bangor Daily News
May 12, 2014
Non-Native American schools across the nation have long debated whether to keep using American Indian mascots, images and athletic team names. In Langhorne, Pennsylvania, the issue has taken a rather autocratic turn that should serve as a nudge to schools everywhere to abandon racist depictions of Indian nations people.

Scholars discuss tribal treaties, loss of rights and elver fishery
Written by Edward French
from The Quoddy Tides
March 28, 2014
A March 19 discussion at Sipayik by three tribal scholars on different eras of treaty making by the Wabanaki tribes looked at how the rights of the tribes had been reduced, focusing in particular on the elver fishery in Maine, and how the tribes had been moved from shared communal living into profit-based systems. The program, titled "Wabanaki Self-Determination: Earth Treaties to Settlement Acts and Beyond," featured presentations by Andrea Bear Nicholas, a Maliseet from the Tobique First Nation, Gail Dana-Sacco, an assistant research professor at the University of Maine, and Vera Francis, the economic development planner for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik.

Tense relationship between Wabanaki tribes, state of Maine dissected
Written by Nell Gluckman
from Bangor Daily News
March 21, 2014
ORONO, Maine — The Indian Land Claims Act of 1980 has been inappropriately interpreted by the state of Maine to restrict the sovereignty of Wabanaki tribes, said speakers at a panel discussion Thursday night at the University of Maine. About 80 people attended the conversation about the history of Wabanaki treaty-making with American governing bodies and the implications in today’s debates about fishing and gaming rights. Tribal scholars likened the land claims act to a modern-day treaty. The Wabanaki tribes are the Maliseet, Micmac, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy.

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.

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