Opinion: Restoring fairness for the Wabanaki requires Congressional action, too / by Garrett Martin

The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribe, Penobscot Nation, and Mi’kmaq Nation are recognized under federal law. But unlike the 570 other federally recognized tribes, these four tribes in Maine – collectively known as the Wabanaki nations – are unfairly excluded from the very laws and programs Congress creates to benefit Indigenous peoples. ContraryContinue reading “Opinion: Restoring fairness for the Wabanaki requires Congressional action, too / by Garrett Martin”

Report: Gaps in data limit Maine’s ability to support marginalized women / by Maine News Service

Photo: Lewiston resident Rose Walker, who works as an Ed Tech, has struggled to find and afford childcare for her own children throughout the pandemic. | courtesy of Rose Walker A new report finds the pandemic disproportionately impacted women, but that gaps in data limit Maine’s ability to help those in need. Women are more likelyContinue reading “Report: Gaps in data limit Maine’s ability to support marginalized women / by Maine News Service”

Maine News: Advocates rally for tribal sovereignty as Mills signals opposition to long-sought reform / by Evan Popp

Around 100 people rallied in front of the State House on Wednesday to celebrate the progress that has been made this legislative session on recognizing the inherent sovereignty of the Wabanaki and to call on Gov. Janet Mills to sign multiple bills that would ensure the tribes are treated like other Indigenous nations around theContinue reading “Maine News: Advocates rally for tribal sovereignty as Mills signals opposition to long-sought reform / by Evan Popp”

Maine News: Bill to create right to healthy environment in Maine fails amid attacks by GOP lawmakers / by Evan Popp

A bill that would enshrine the right to a clean and healthy environment through an amendment to the Maine Constitution failed a vote in the House on Tuesday, where it needed support from at least two-thirds of lawmakers, after some Republicans made false and misleading claims about the measure.  The bill, LD 489, also known as theContinue reading “Maine News: Bill to create right to healthy environment in Maine fails amid attacks by GOP lawmakers / by Evan Popp”

Maine News: MIAC ‘shadow report’ raises questions about surveillance, targeting of vulnerable Mainers / by Dan Neumann

Ahead of the first public internal audit by the embattled police anti-terrorism agency, the Maine Information Analysis Center (MIAC), a group of grassroots advocates released a report on Friday highlighting the many unanswered questions about the scope of the shadowy agency’s surveillance activities, including its efforts to target vulnerable Mainers. The authors of “MIAC ShadowContinue reading “Maine News: MIAC ‘shadow report’ raises questions about surveillance, targeting of vulnerable Mainers / by Dan Neumann”

Tribal sovereignty supporters fill State House, urge lawmakers to recognize Wabanaki rights / by Evan Popp

Around 100 allies and advocates filled the halls of the State House on Wednesday, joining Wabanaki leaders to urge the legislature to pass a slate of bills that would reinforce tribal sovereignty and treat Indigenous nations in Maine like other tribes around the country.  The day of action was organized by the Wabanaki Alliance, aContinue reading “Tribal sovereignty supporters fill State House, urge lawmakers to recognize Wabanaki rights / by Evan Popp”

Maine unions launch platform to create thousands of good jobs, take on climate crisis / by Evan Popp

Maine unions on Tuesday launched a new coalition to push for pro-labor environmental initiatives and unveiled a report detailing the bold climate jobs action plan the organization will advocate for.  The coalition, called the Maine Labor Climate Council, is made up of a dozen unions from across the state representing a variety of different industries and workplaces. Continue reading “Maine unions launch platform to create thousands of good jobs, take on climate crisis / by Evan Popp”

Lawmakers urged to clear waitlists, fund behavioral services and immigrant health / by Dan Neumann

In a public hearing that will help shape state spending on issues of health care, Mainers from an array of backgrounds urged legislators on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs (AFA) Committee Monday to use the unprecedented surplus to meet many outstanding needs. Among those needs, Mainers told the AFA committee as well as members ofContinue reading “Lawmakers urged to clear waitlists, fund behavioral services and immigrant health / by Dan Neumann”

What tribal sovereignty means to Wabanaki people / by Evan Popp

Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point Reservation | Kylie Tompkins, Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness The sovereignty of the Wabanaki people is inherent and must be respected.  That’s what Indigenous advocates and other supporters talk about when they describe the need for LD 1626, a bill before the legislature that seeks to ensure Wabanaki Nations in Maine have the same rightsContinue reading “What tribal sovereignty means to Wabanaki people / by Evan Popp”

Mills touts one-time payment in address, glosses over housing, overdose, climate crises / by Dan Neumann

In her State of the State address Thursday evening, Gov. Janet Mills ceded to Republican demands to use half of the state’s forecasted $822 million revenue surplus for a one-time payment to 800,000 Mainers.  While the governor also proposed funding for two years of free community college tuition, student debt tax credits, boosted wages forContinue reading “Mills touts one-time payment in address, glosses over housing, overdose, climate crises / by Dan Neumann”