Maine Dept. of Education Wabanaki Studies Website
This material represents a continuing collaborative effort between the four Wabanaki nations residing in Maine, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribe, and Penobscot Indian Nation, Native and non-Native educators, Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, the Maine Department of Education, and the University of Maine System. The document and resources are rooted in the early work of the Wabanaki Studies Commission established by the Maine Legislature in 2001. This website includes suggested learning targets, by grade span, and corresponding resources that are culturally appropriate and support the content in LD 291: An Act to Require Teaching of Maine Native American History and Culture in Maine's Schools and the Wabanaki (Maine Native) Studies component included in Maine’s Learning Results: Parameters for Essential Instruction.
The Hudson Museum, located at the University of Maine at Orono, offers art and programs on Native Americans, including the Penobscot Nation.
The web site of this museum, located in Bar Harbor, Maine, is devoted to celebrating the culture, arts, and archeology of Maine's Native Americans. The site offers a list of teacher resources and links to archeology sites.
The web site of this museum, located in Liberty, Maine, offers links to Maine Native American culture and history.
National Indian Child Welfare Association
This site develops public policy, and offers research and advocacy, information and training on Indian child welfare to Tribal governments and programs, state child welfare agencies, and professionals interested in Indian child welfare. It provides support to implement the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, whose purpose it to keep Indian children with Indian families. [The complete text of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 may be found in the Library section of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission web site.]
Maine Wabanaki REACH
Maine-Wabanaki REACH is a cross-cultural collaborative comprised of staff from the State of Maine Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) and Wabanaki child welfare programs, Wabanaki Health and Wellness, and the Wabanaki Program. REACH established the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which has until November 2015 to investigate and issue a report on Wabanaki experiences with Maine State child welfare. Through the TRC process, in order to promote best child welfare practice between Wabanaki and Maine citizens, communities and governments through reconciliation, engagement, advocacy, change and healing activities, REACH: Advises the TRC on implementing its truth-seeking activities in a manner that is directed by Wabanaki people. Provides education for Native and non-Native people (including service providers, service recipients, policy makers, Wabanaki and Maine community members) about the history of Maine and Wabanaki peoples and how this history contributes to the dynamics of historical trauma and potential for reconciliation. REACH is committed to ensuring Wabanaki and non-Native youth understand history and have hope for the future. Prepares communities for the TRC and provides adequate and visible supports (one to one visits, community events and peace and healing circles) to those impacted by the TRC. REACH draws on the work of Dr. Maria Yellowhorse Braveheart, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, Resiliency Building, and traditional healing practices to understand historical trauma and healing strategies. Advises state and tribal child welfare systems to improve practice for Native people through staff development, best practice, quality improvement and policy reform. Assures that an ongoing evaluation process will be conducted to understand the impact of the TRC and REACH. REACH will incorporate the lessons learned through the TRC process in all work undertaken and will oversee the implementation of the TRC recommendations. We believe that understanding the success of this model can aid other areas of tribal-state relations and other jurisdictions struggling with ICWA compliance.