On Thursday March 16th, for the first time in 21 years, leaders of the Wabanaki Nation delivered a "State of the Tribes" address to both chambers of the Legislature. Notably, this was the first time ever that all four tribes – the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and the Mi’kmaq Nation addressed a joint session of the Legislature. Chief Clarissa Sabattis, of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, spoke first and framed some of the issues that were also addressed by the other chiefs. She requested support for proposals currently pending in the legislature involving Wabanaki Studies, ICWA Protections, and Tribal Sovereignty.

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