The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (MITSC) is an inter-governmental entity created as a part of the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement of 1980. Six members are appointed by the State, two by the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, two by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, and two by the Penobscot Indian Nation. The thirteenth, who is the chairperson, is selected by the other twelve.
MITSC’s principal responsibilities are to continually review the effectiveness of the Settlement and the social, economic, and legal relationship between the Tribes and the State. In its broadest sense, MITSC is tasked with supporting effective Tribal-State relations, and in service of this, empasizes outreach, networking, and education.
Over the past few years PFAS have emerged as a growing contaminant of concern for the food supply in Maine as testing has revealed levels of contamination where land was spread with sludge containing PFAS (in most cases, decades ago).More About Tribal-State Environmental Issues
In 2001 the Wabanaki Studies Law (often referred to as LD 291) was enacted, requiring that Wabanaki Studies be taught in Maine public schools. Penobscot Rep. Donna Loring was the primary legislative sponsor, with Passamaquoddy Rep. Donald Soctomah as a co-sponsor.. MITSC was centrally involved in the creation and implementation of LD 291.Learn more about Wabanaki Studies
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Twenty-one years after the Maine Legislature passed a groundbreaking law requiring all schools to teach Maine K-12 students about Wabanaki territories, economic systems, cultural systems, governments and political systems, as well as the Wabanaki tribes’ relationships with local, state, national and international governments, four organizations are releasing a report analyzing the law’s implementation thus far and suggesting ways to improve compliance at the state and local level.
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