Oppressive state and federal regulation of Native tribes, as well as a lack of sovereignty for those tribes, has resulted in worse health and economic outcomes for Indigenous communities in Maine. Exercising control over Indigenous people and land while simultaneously not investing in equitable resources for those communities is the sordid history of Maine’s systemic oppression of tribal communities. We can change this!
On Tuesday, February 15 at 9am there will be a public hearing for LD 1626 — legislation that would restore the Wabanaki tribe’s inherent right to self-govern. Submit oral or written testimony telling the Judiciary committee to support this bill! Click here for more information and the best way to help.