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Orca & Whales

article Maine lobstermen reject right whale protection plan
(11/10/2019)
(Maine) -- The Maine Lobstermen’s Association has voted to not support the Maine Department of Marine Resources right whale conservation plan. In a statement...
1 Article on this Issue

Water Issues

article Passamaquoddy, Penobscot tribes awarded EPA water cleanup grants
(11/7/2019)
(Maine) -- The Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes will get a share of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $1.5 million grant award to 50 organizations working to...
1 Article on this Issue

Columbus/Indigenous Day

article Protesters Demand Action After UMaine College Republicans Defend Columbus On Social Media
(10/28/2019)
(Maine) -- Administrators at the University of Maine in Orono say they’ve begun meeting with indigenous groups and are looking for ways to better support...
article Maine’s Native Americans push for more than Indigenous Peoples Day
(10/14/2019)
(Maine) -- During a Sunday appearance in Augusta, Native American advocate Sheri Mitchell said the new holiday was "good political capital" and urged attendees...
article Maine’s Native Americans push for more than Indigenous Peoples Day
(10/14/2019)
(Maine) -- During a Sunday appearance in Augusta, Native American advocate Sheri Mitchell said the new holiday was "good political capital" and urged attendees...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

DOJ

article Maine tribes receive grants to prevent violence against women, help crime victims
(10/20/2019)
(Maine) -- More than $1 million was awarded to two American Indian communities in Maine to combat violence against native women and help victims of crime, the US...
article Maliseet, Passamaquoddy tribes get over $1 million in federal funds
(10/19/2019)
(Maine) -- Maine-based tribes this year are the beneficiaries of more than $1 million in federal Department of Justice funding for public safety, authorities announced...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mascot Issue

article Maine school board debates how to move past 'Indians' mascot
(10/7/2019)
(Maine) -- A Maine school district is embroiled in a debate over how it should replace its now retired Native American-themed mascot and nickname. The board of directors...
article Skowhegan school board debates how to move past ‘Indians’ mascot
(10/5/2019)
(Maine) -- A Maine school district is embroiled in a debate over how it should replace its now retired Native American-themed mascot and nickname. The board of directors...
article Our View: Some defenders of Skowhegan Indians mascot not ready to move on
(9/13/2019)
(Maine) -- Items that read “Skowhegan Indians” are still selling in town, the Morning Sentinel reported this week, as are shirts that say “Indian...
article Small business still selling Skowhegan Indian merchandise
(9/13/2019)
(Maine) -- Earlier this year, the MSAD 54 School Board voted to remove Skowhegan Area High School's controversial "Indian" nickname, but one business in...
article Skowhegan business under fire for producing ‘Indians” mascot apparel
(9/10/2019)
(Maine) -- A Facebook post from Maine Fire Equipment Co. promoting “Indian Outlaw” T-shirts and hoodies to celebrate the start of high school football this...
article Indian mascot painted over at Skowhegan Area High School
(8/22/2019)
(Maine) -- There will be no familiar mascot when students return to Skowhegan Area High School next week. Over the summer, workers painted over a mural on the gymnasium...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Penobscot Tribe

article State and federal agencies, Penobscot Indian Nation, business collaborate to raise salmon in Penobscot River
(10/3/2019)
(Maine) -- The Maine Department of Marine Resources said Oct. 3 that a collaborative effort to raise Atlantic salmon on the East Branch of the Penobscot River will begin...
article Former Penobscot Nation rep dies at 67, ‘chose his values and his roots’ in fighting for tribes
(7/15/2019)
(Maine) -- Theodore “Wayne” Mitchell, the man who represented the Penobscot Nation in the Maine Legislature for four terms before helping the tribe assert...
article UMaine adds Penobscot language to signs across campus
(7/2/2019)
(Maine) -- The University of Maine is well known across the county for its academics, athletics, and research achievements. One part of the University of Maine's...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Maine Gaming

article Tribes could get more fishing, court and gambling rights in changes to landmark settlement
(9/14/2019)
(Maine) -- After trying to gain authority over gaming, natural resources and certain crimes through the courts, the State House and the ballot box, Maine’s Native...
article When will Maine see sports gambling?
(9/7/2019)
(Maine) -- What socks will Tom Brady be wearing? Will Bill Belichick smile? Not out of the realm of possibilities of bets being placed where legal sports wagering is...
article Letter to the editor: Gov. Mills’ rejection of sports betting bill costs Maine tax revenue
(8/27/2019)
(Maine) -- With Gov. Mills declining to sign a sports gambling bill, betting on sports likely won’t be legalized in Maine until 2020. Unfortunately, the model...
article Maine Sports Betting Still Stuck After Special Session Provides No Answers
(8/27/2019)
(Maine) -- When Maine Gov. Janet Mills declined to act on a passed sports betting bill in July, speculation grow about whether she would call for a special session to...
article Scarborough Downs’ final lap? Hold your horses
(7/28/2019)
(Maine) -- Since it opened in 1950, Scarborough Downs has been the flagship of the state’s horse racing industry, once referred to as “Maine’s...
article Bangor business sees boost thanks to increased traffic
(7/27/2019)
(Maine) -- Bangor businesses are seeing a boost thanks to the increase in traffic. Officials at Hollywood Casino say they have been busy all week. The parking garage has...
article Maine Sports Betting Legislation Faces Uncertainty
(7/10/2019)
(Maine) -- Maine sports bettors will likely have to wait for a while before the activity earns legal status in the state. Earlier this week, Governor Janet Mills decided...
article Maine Sports Betting Bill Can’t Become Law Without Governor’s Decision
(7/8/2019)
(Maine) -- Sports betting in Maine will have to wait for an indefinite amount of time. Maine Governor Janet Mills did not sign off on M.E. L.D. 553 before her 10-day...
article New weekend hours at Hollywood Casino
(7/6/2019)
(Maine) -- Hollywood Casino in Bangor has extended its hours of operation. Now, the business will remain open 24 hours a day on weekends. “Hopefully it means more...
article Concerned Governor puts the brakes on Maine sports betting bill
(7/4/2019)
(Maine) -- The best case scenario for sports betting in Maine is that legislation allowing it to happen might be in place by January 2020. The big delay to legalizing...
article Governor Does Not Sign Maine Sports Betting Bill
(7/4/2019)
(Maine) -- Governor Janet Mills put the state’s sports betting bill on hold, after refusing to sign the measure into law by the July 1st deadline. Citing concerns...
article New weekend hours at Hollywood Casino in Bangor
(7/4/2019)
(Maine) -- Hollywood Casino is extending its hours. The Bangor business will now be open 24-hours a day on the weekends. When the doors open on Friday morning, the...
article Gov. Mills Holds Nearly 40 Bills, Including One Allowing Sports Betting
(7/3/2019)
(Maine) -- Gov. Janet Mills has held 39 bills for further consideration - ranging from sales tax exemptions to a measure allowing sports betting in Maine. The governor...
article Legal sports betting is scratched, at least for now, as governor puts bill on hold
(7/3/2019)
(Maine) -- Sports fans who were hoping to legally bet on the outcome of the World Series this fall or the Super Bowl next winter won’t be able to do that, at least...
article Maine Legal Sports Betting On Hold As Governor Demurs On Passage
(7/3/2019)
(Maine) -- On Tuesday the deadline came and went for Maine Governor Janet Mills to sign L.D. 553, a bill passed by both chambers of the legislature on the last day of...
article Sports betting issue on hold in Maine after Gov. Mills tables Legislature's proposal
(7/3/2019)
(Maine) -- A bill proposing an initial framework of oversight for a sports betting industry in Maine was held by Gov. Janet Mills, her office announced Wednesday. Mills...
article Bangor's Hollywood Casino extends weekend hours, tries to fill job openings
(7/3/2019)
(Maine) -- Starting this weekend, Bangor's Hollywood Casino will stay open all weekend long, the gaming business announced Tuesday, as it tries to fill job openings...
article Sports betting bill goes under governor's pen today
(7/2/2019)
(Maine) -- Governor Mills could weigh in on legislation to allow sports betting, among other bills passed by lawmakers in the final hours of this year's legislative...
article Sports betting, opioid industry fees await action in Maine
(7/2/2019)
(Maine) -- Maine’s governor could weigh in on legislation to allow sports betting, among other bills passed by lawmakers in the final hours of this year’s...
article Oxford Casino gets liquor license despite numerous police calls
(6/22/2019)
(Maine) -- The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a liquor license application Thursday night for the Oxford Casino. The board tabled a decision on the application...
article A Look Inside How Sports Betting Became The Maine Squeeze
(6/21/2019)
(Maine) -- Of all the states to legalize this year, Maine sports betting might get the award for coming out of nowhere. Sure, there was a lot of interest in the state,...
article Maine Lawmakers Approve Sports Betting Bill with Higher Online Tax Rate
(6/21/2019)
(Maine) -- The Maine State Legislature passed a bill earlier this week that would enact sports betting across the state. It now heads to Gov. Janet Mills , and if she...
article Maine Legislature pulls all-nighter, passes pot sales rules
(6/20/2019)
(Maine) -- Lawmakers have pushed issues from tribal gaming to universal health care into next year.
article Maine Sports Betting Bill Passes Legislature
(6/20/2019)
(Maine) -- Another state is one signature away from legal sports betting. Maine lawmakers approved a sports wagering legalization bill earlier this week, sending the...
article Maine takes a big step toward allowing legal sports betting
(6/20/2019)
(Maine) -- The Maine Legislature late Tuesday gave initial approval to a measure that would tax and regulate sports betting while allowing online and mobile sites to...
article Liquor license application approved for Oxford Casino
(6/20/2019)
(Maine) -- The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a liquor license application Thursday night for the Oxford Casino. The board tabled a decision on the application...
26 Total Articles on this Issue

Passamaquoddy Tribe

article Historic Recordings Revitalize Language For Passamaquoddy Tribal Members
(9/3/2019)
(Maine) -- Dwayne Tomah sits at his kitchen table in Perry, Maine, and pulls up an audio file on his computer. When he hits play, the speakers emit a cracked, slightly...
article After More Than A Century, Recordings From The Passamaquoddy Tribe Are Being Restored And Shared
(8/1/2019)
(Maine) -- Nearly 130 years ago, an anthropologist visited Calais and recorded songs, words and stories from members of the Passamaquoddy tribe. For years, these field...
article Passamaquoddy rely on new and old technology to reverse loss of language
(7/29/2019)
(Maine) -- As a young boy, Donald Soctomah heard the Passamaquoddy language spoken all around him. At home, his grandmother, mother and older sisters were fluent....
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

article Another View: Mills supports tribal sovereignty in domestic abuse cases
(7/13/2019)
(Maine) -- As Gov. Mills’ senior adviser on tribal affairs, I am writing in response to the Press Herald’s July 9 editorial, “Our View: Tribal courts...
article Our View: Tribal courts should get assault cases
(7/9/2019)
(Maine) -- According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 60 percent of Native American women will be physically assaulted during their lifetimes, and in two out...
article Bill to let tribes address domestic violence in limbo
(7/6/2019)
(Maine) -- Tribal leaders and advocates say they’ll keep pushing for a bill that would give two Maine tribes jurisdiction over some domestic violence cases....
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Mental Health

article Feds boosting suicide prevention support for Maine tribes
(7/8/2019)
(Maine) -- The federal government is providing funding to Maine to help prevent youth suicide, including in Native American populations. The U.S. Department of Health...
1 Article on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article New Laws Deliver Landmark Protections for Sustenance Fishing and Clean Rivers
(6/21/2019)
(Maine) -- Maine’s tribes will receive long-sought water quality protections for sustenance fishing under a bill signed into law by Governor Janet Mills today....
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Donna Loring: Maine's Senior Advisor on Tribal Affairs Discusses Issues Affecting Native Communities
(10/21/2019)
(Maine) -- Donna Loring has stepped into a position specifically created to better represent the needs and issues of Maine’s Native communities. The state and...
article Maliseets honor domestic violence survivors, remember victims
(10/12/2019)
(Maine) -- A sizable crowd gathered at the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians gymnasium on Wednesday evening to honor the survivors of domestic violence and mourn those...
article 15,000 Atlantic salmon will be put into the Penobscot River over the next three years
(10/6/2019)
(Maine) -- As many as 15,000 adult Atlantic salmon will be put into the Penobscot River over the next three years, most of them after being raised in penstocks off the...
article 15,000 Atlantic salmon will be put into the Penobscot River over the next three years
(10/5/2019)
(Maine) -- As many as 15,000 adult Atlantic salmon will be put into the Penobscot River over the next three years, most of them after being raised in penstocks off the...
article Aroostook Band of Micmacs hold cultural understanding workshop for first responders
(10/4/2019)
(Maine) -- Understanding different cultures are important as it helps build understanding. That was the focus of a workshop put on by the Aroostook Band of Micmacs today...
article Talk: 17th century Maine from the Wabanaki perspective
(9/22/2019)
(Maine) -- In the third talk of a Bicentennial Lecture Series sponsored by Lincoln County Historical Association and Old Fort Western, James Francis, president of...
article The Aroostook Band of Micmacs statement on incident that occurred on Northern Road
(9/11/2019)
(Maine) -- "On behalf of the Micmac Tribal Government, we would like to express our thoughts and concerns over the events that happened on Northern Road.
article In Search of Wild Maine Rice
(8/30/2019)
(Maine) -- At a stream in central Maine, guides handed out basic tools: a long wooden pole for pushing canoes through the shallow water, plus two short, thick sticks for...
article Wabanaki artists honored at largest Native American art show in the world
(8/23/2019)
(Maine) -- Wabanaki artists took home an array of honors at this year’s Santa Fe Indian Market, held last weekend in New Mexico, with one Passamaquoddy artist...
article University’s Bangor campus has a community garden complete with labyrinth
(8/18/2019)
(Maine) -- Amanda Ingraham peered under a leaf on a tomato plant Sunday morning. “Should I pick that tomato? That one’s perfect. I’m afraid if I leave...
article Exhibition at Colby shows Wabanaki art as it is today
(8/11/2019)
(Maine) -- There is nothing old or tired about the art on view as part of a new Wabanaki exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art. There are no arrowheads,...
article Exhibition at Colby shows Wabanaki art as it is today
(8/11/2019)
(Maine) -- There is nothing old or tired about the art on view as part of a new Wabanaki exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art. There are no arrowheads,...
article After more than a century, recordings from the Passamaquoddy Tribe are being restored and shared
(8/3/2019)
(Maine) -- Nearly 130 years ago, an anthropologist visited Calais and recorded songs, words and stories from members of the Passamaquoddy tribe. For years, these field...
article Tribal leaders, lawmakers mull changes to tribal sovereignty
(7/24/2019)
(Maine) -- Tribal leaders and lawmakers in Maine have begun to work together on potential reforms to a 1980 agreement in hopes of spurring economic development and...
article Maine tribal leaders press for changes to 1980 settlement agreement
(7/22/2019)
(Maine) -- Leaders of Maine’s Native American tribes are pressing for major changes to a nearly 40-year-old settlement agreement that they say fails to respect...
article Peter Moore III, a master craftsman of Native American arts, dies at 65
(7/17/2019)
(Maine) -- Peter Moore III, a master craftsman of Native American artistry who worked to preserve Passamaquoddy arts and culture, died Saturday at his Indian Township...
article Tribal leaders pushing for bill to allow Maine tribes jurisdiction over domestic violence cases involving members
(7/7/2019)
(Maine) -- Tribal leaders are saying they are going to keep pushing for a bill that would allow two Maine tribes jurisdiction over some domestic violence cases because...
article Law protecting tribal fishing waters among bills signed by Mills
(6/24/2019)
(Maine) -- Gov. Janet Mills Friday signed into law a bill that protects sustenance fishing for Maine's tribes. The legislation, which passed the Legislature with...
article Mills Signs Bill Designed To Protect Maine Tribal Nations' Fishing Rights
(6/22/2019)
(Maine) -- Maine Gov. Janet Mills has signed legislation designed to protect the rights of Maine Indigenous Tribes to safely fish on certain rivers and streams. “...
article 700-year-old canoe found in mud a reminder of Maine’s rich Native American heritage
(6/15/2019)
(Maine) -- Archaeologists have recovered the oldest, and only pre-European contact, dugout canoe ever found in Maine. They pulled the Native American vessel, which is...

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