News & Events

US Supreme Court Oral Argument in Brackeen Case was held on November 9th

November 30, 2022

On November 9th, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Haaland v. Brackeen. This is one of the most important Indian Law cases in recent years. The constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is being challenged. The Court's decision is likely to have a major impact, not only on the ICWA but possibly on Federal Indian Law in general. The claim that the ICWA violates the Equal Protection Clause has the potential to substantially undermine much of Federal Indian Law. Maine's Attorney General joined in an amicus brief filed by numerous state AG's strongly supporting the importance and constitutionality of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act. That brief points out that striking down the ICWA based on an equal protection argument would also implicate many state statutes relating to Indians. The four Wabanaki Tribes joined an amicus brief prepared by the Native American Rights Fund. An audio recording can be accessed at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_audio/2022 A decision in the case is likely to be issued by spring of 2023.

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Water Pump Grand Opening Ceremony at Sipayik

October 28, 2022

On October 28th, the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Sipayik held a Water Pump Grand Opening Ceremony in Perry across from the Sipayik Elementary School to celebrate the long-awaited use of the water pump there. Cyril Francis welcomed everyone to the circle. Elder, Gracie Paul, led an opening ceremony and song, and Ed Basset said a few words about the process of making this well available for the community and asked that everyone please take care of it and respect it. Chief Rena Newell cut the “ribbon” and filled the first jug of water from the new well, which the Tribe stressed will be open to all neighboring communities as well.

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View livestream of Wabanaki Studies Report release event held on Indigenous People’s Day

October 10, 2022

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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Tribal Ambassador Maulian Dana & MITSC at the 2022 Common Ground Country Fair

September 30, 2022

MITSC had a booth in the Political Action Tent at this year's Common Ground Country Fair, which provided an excellent opportunity to share information and resources on history and current issues connected to Tribal-State relations.

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Kuwesuwi Monihq Reclamation Celebration

June 21, 2022

On June 21st the Passamaquoddy community held a Reclamation Celebration to commemorate the return of Kuwesuwi Monihq (Pine Island) to the tribe. Kuwesuwi Monihq is the largest island in Kci Monosakom or Big Lake, and holds great historic and cultural significance for the Passamaquoddy people.

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Governor Mills Signs LD 906, An Act to Provide Passamaquoddy Tribal Members Access to Clean Drinking Water, into Law

April 21, 2022

On Thursday, April 21st, Gov. Janet Mills signed into law a bill that will give the Passamaquoddy Tribe more control over their drinking water supply.

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United States Supreme Court Denies Petition to Hear Penobscot River Case

April 20, 2022

The United States Supreme Court has denied the Penobscot Nation and United States’ Petition to hear the Penobscot River Case.

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Protecting Our Water

February 14, 2022

On December 3, 2021, the Penobscot Nation and US Solicitor General filed petitions for a writ of certiorari seeking review by the U.S. Supreme Court of the en banc decision by the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Penobscot Nation v. Frey. On December 21, 2021, the MITSC commissioners voted, unanimously, to file another amicus brief in support of the positions taken by the Penobscot Nation and the United States. The brief was successfully filed on January 6, 2022.

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MITSC Appoints Newell Lewey as its New Chairperson

February 3, 2022

The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission is pleased to announce that it has officially appointed a new chairperson, Newell Lewey.

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