The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (MITSC) is a creation of the Maine Implementing Act (30 MRSA §6101 - §6214), the State of Maine’s codification of the Maine Indian Claims Settlement agreement reached between the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribe, Penobscot Nation, State of Maine, and the United States. MITSC is an independent inter-governmental entity with thirteen members. 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 member, who is the Chairperson, is selected by the other twelve members. With a small budget MITSC operates with a Managing Director as its only full-time employee, and a part-time Administrative Assistant.

MITSCs principal responsibility is to continually review the effectiveness of the Maine Implementing Act and the social, economic and legal relationship between the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribe, Penobscot Nation and the State. MITSC is also responsible for making recommendations about the acquisition of certain lands to be included in Indian Territory, adopting fishing rules for certain ponds, rivers, and streams adjacent to or within Indian Territory, making recommendations about fish and wildlife management policies on non-Indian lands to protect fish and wildlife stocks on lands and waters subject to regulation by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Indian Nation, or MITSC, and reviewing petitions by the Tribes for designation as an “extended reservation.”

Statutory Responsibilities

Effectiveness of the Maine Implementing Act and Tribal-State Relationships
Continually review the effectiveness of the Act and the social, economic, and legal relationship between the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Indian Nation, and the State.

Land Acquisition
Make recommendations about the acquisition of certain lands to be included in Indian Territory.

Fishing Rules
Communicate fishing rules for certain ponds, rivers, and streams adjacent to or within Indian Territory.

Studies
Make recommendations about fish and wildlife management policies on non-Indian lands, to protect fish and wildlife stocks on lands and water subject to regulation by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Indian Nation, or the Commission.

Extended Reservations
To review petitions by the Tribes for designation as an "extended reservation."