Consultant Stephen Brimley provides an overview and analysis of Native American sovereignty in Maine. The article was originally published in the Fall/Winter 2004 issue of Maine Policy Review, a journal published by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine and Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan. For online access to the journal readers may go to www.umaine.edu/mcsc/mpr.htm.
American Indian Law Review Volume 35 | Number 2 Nicole Friederichs
According to a press release, dated December 5, 2022, from the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development released a research report documenting the costs to the Wabanaki Nations in Maine—Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot—and to Maine’s non-tribal citizens of the non-application of federal Indian laws that promote Indian self-determination and self-governance. In an attempt to help address this issue, earlier this year, Rep. Jared Golden introduced HR 6707, a bill to amend the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act so that the Wabanaki tribes can benefit from future federal laws that generally apply to 570 other federally recognized tribes. The measure was ultimately added on to another bill and passed the House with bipartisan support. It awaits action in the Senate.
Mark Chavaree provides a brief discussion of this concept as it applies to Indian tribes generally. The major thrust of this article concentrates on the sovereignty of the Penobscot Nation (hereinafter referred to as the “Nation”), with particular focus on the changes wrought by the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act.
A report of the Maine Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights prepared for the information and consideration of the Commission.
A compilation of the laws pertaining to the American Indians in the State of Maine compiled from the Maine Revised Statutes of 1964 and amendments through 1972, the Constitution of Maine, and current resolves and private and special laws.
The report of the Task Force on Human Rights created by Governor Ken Curtis on July 10, 1968.
Ms. Shibles is a member of the Penobscot Nation and the Chief Judge of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court and an Appellate justice of the Passamaquoddy Tribal Appellate Court. This is her presentation to the Maine Legislature on the legal concept of sovereignty from the viewpoint of Native Americans.
Donna Loring, Penobscot Nation member and current Penobscot Nation Tribal Representative to the Maine Legislature, Lisa Neuman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies, UMaine, and Laurance Rosen, Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University, provide commentaries on the Brimley article. The commentaries were originally published in the Fall/Winter 2004 issue of Maine Policy Review, a journal published by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine and Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan. For online access to the journal readers may go to www.umaine.edu/mcsc/mpr.htm.
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