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An extension of my U&D blog, this space will curate current news that can be used in MS and HS Wabanaki and Native study.
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Should the United States Abide by Its Treaties with Native American Tribes? - 2016 Presidential Election - ProCon.org

Should the United States Abide by Its Treaties with Native American Tribes? - 2016 Presidential Election - ProCon.org | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
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Not a single republican candidate from this cycle has a clear position. Why not?
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Another View: With mining rules upheld, pristine water may always flow - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Another View: With mining rules upheld, pristine water may always flow - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
A grateful tribe thanks all who kept Bald Mountain from being exploited for short-term gain.
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A sincere thank you from Brenda Commander, Chief of the Houlton Band of Maliseets. I guess there is a viewpoint that would defend environmentally invasive mining for the purpose of strengthening the state economy. But it would not have, and that view has lost this battle. Thank goodness.

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Amherst College: Time to Dump the Smallpox General

Amherst College: Time to Dump the Smallpox General | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
The latest example of the name and mascot wars is at Amherst College in Massachusetts.
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This jolly lord was actually gave the OK to genocide via smallpox. Within this text are quotes from letters and texts of the times that will terrify you. Timely reading, I think.

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The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory

The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
MPBN TV Air Times:Thursday, Dec. 17 at 10 pmSaturday, Dec. 19 at 11 am
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Teachers - add this documentary to your calendar - tape it - view it - share it with students.  

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Passamaquoddy tribe signs letter of intent for marijuana facility

Passamaquoddy tribe signs letter of intent for marijuana facility | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
Denver-based Monarch America Inc. has signed a letter of intent with the Passamaquoddy Tribe to design, construct and develop a marijuana cultivation facility on tribal land.
Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

Forward-thinking, if provocative. I suppose the state and U.S. attorneys could take the proactive step to contact the Tribe, after reading this and other reports, especially since the policy statement to which this article links specifies that policy should be discussed on a "government-to-government" basis. Might be harder now that our gov. seeks to de-recognize the tribal governments.  With legalization looming this fall, this is an action to watch.

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LePage asks Maine delegation to intervene in tribal waters dispute

LePage asks Maine delegation to intervene in tribal waters dispute | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
the LePage administration is threatening to abandon its delegated authority role under the Clean Water Act if the feds persist in imposing standards it says are arbitrary and unreasonable.
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Hmm. I pegged our gov. at 3-4 yrs. old, but it seems he does not know how to play nice in the sandbox.  2 might be about right. At that age, it's all about "me" and in no way about a larger entity, like say a state or a Nation.  But then, perhaps the "Maine delegation" will want to become the gov's mommies and daddies.  And that would probably be very good for Maine.

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Rejection of Maine casino bill adds to tribes' rift with state, Maliseet chief says - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Rejection of Maine casino bill adds to tribes' rift with state, Maliseet chief says - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
“There’s this perception that we’re regulating Maine, but this is actually a sovereign country.”
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"we" here is the state, of course, led by the Republican House. Wonder if the tribes will move to build it anyway - calling the bluff of the gov.

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Native Americans’ report reveals history of ‘cultural genocide’ in Maine

Native Americans’ report reveals history of ‘cultural genocide’ in Maine | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
Change begins with greater educational efforts and more understanding of the history of Native Americans and the impact racism has on them today, said Penthea Burns, co-director of the group that will be helping implement recommendations from the commission.
Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

This is a summary of events over the last two plus years. Solutions and forward-thinking are important - but dialogue, understanding, and effort by many who have yet to expend it will also be necessary. Unfortunately, we don't have a very good guide in the state house.

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Maine tribes want Congress to review state’s actions, take fresh look at settlement act

Maine tribes want Congress to review state’s actions, take fresh look at settlement act | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
tribal leaders held a news conference in which they called on Congress to start an inquiry into the settlement act and how Maine state officials have used it to argue their views in disputes over sovereignty, application of laws and authority.
Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

If you follow the news/opinion from Indian Country, you know that many, many Nations are following this story. Maine needs to follow it too.  

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Elver fishermen report ‘horrible’ season

Elver fishermen report ‘horrible’ season | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
As environmental stewards, the Passamaquoddy are willing to report on the weight of their catches to the state, he said

The state has some “angst” about what the Passamaquoddy will do with elvers caught, Moore said, referring to the state’s assertion the Passamaquoddy might sell elvers illegally.
Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

I'm not totally sure how "horrible" a  low catch is for the state. Certainly it is bad for individual fishermen (do you really believe they trickle down earnings?) and certainly it is bad for the Native fishermen.  But it is good to read that an agreement of sorts was reached (if not reported on).  It is not good to read about the continuing "bad Indian" suspicions within the state's administration. It's time to get over that.

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Three Tribes Officially Sever Relationship with State

Three Tribes Officially Sever Relationship with State | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it

AUGUSTA, Maine - Three of Maine's Native American tribes have officially severed their relationships with the state

Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

That would be the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot and Micmac nations. Perhaps you heard Angus King on MPBN yesterday - he sided "against the Indians on this one"  owing to his interpretation of the Land Claims Settlement. Serious, critical news consumers should take the time to read about the Settlement's provisions - again. How the State will handle this move on behalf of the Nations, to be joined by the Houlton Band of Maliseet after this legislative session, is not being leaked.  It could be bad news for struggling Nations, or it could be an honest reopening of dialogue.

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Controversial elver fishing bill killed in committee - Mount Desert Islander

Controversial elver fishing bill killed in committee - Mount Desert Islander | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it

AUGUSTA — The Marine Resources Committee last week voted to kill proposed legislation that could have shut down Maine’s elver fishery.

Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

Round 3.  As was true last year, the elver fishery may become the beachhead for tribal-state sovereignty conflict. It seems that "compliance" - rather than agreement - remains high on the state's agenda, for obvious economic reasons. This article contains a bit of confusing fear-mongering.

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Skowhegan Area High School to Keep Indians Nickname

Skowhegan Area High School to Keep Indians Nickname | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Skowhegan Area High School will keep its Indians nickname despite efforts by some who say it's insensitive and racist

Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

Not to mention all of Indian Country saying it is insensitive and racist and not at all the same as Yankees. I guess 11 members of the school committee decided to be proud of the racism and slaughter and child-taking that is history.  I am once again not surprised by the smallness and deafness of this large state.  And saddened.  

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Judge rules Penobscot Nation reservation does not include river's waters - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Judge rules Penobscot Nation reservation does not include river's waters - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
But U.S. District Judge George Singal clarifies that Penobscot tribal members' sustenance fishing rights extend throughout the main stem of the Penobscot River.
Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

but they will have to have one foot on reservation land AND there will be no protection from pollution, etc.  A defeat - but not that surprising given what Canada is about to do to Mik'maq and Maliseet lands by surface mining for polluting chemicals. 

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The Thanksgiving Myth: Reflecting on Land Theft, Betrayal and Genocide

The Thanksgiving Myth: Reflecting on Land Theft, Betrayal and Genocide | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
Colonialism is great for the colonizer, and disastrous for the colonized.
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The history, with an edge - for HS readers.

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Disagreements threaten uneasy truce between tribes, Maine

Disagreements threaten uneasy truce between tribes, Maine | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
the state hasn't shown a willingness to help the tribes grow commerce.
Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

That comment by Brenda Commander sums up the content of this article. Not an optimistic picture and not a pretty past. 

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Back To The Future: The GOP And Tribal Termination

Back To The Future: The GOP And Tribal Termination | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
Indian Country, we must brace ourselves for a ride in the termination time machine.
Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com//2015/09/09/back-future-gop-and-tribal-termination
Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

A scary future vision - perhaps some of the R-gov.'s actions presage federal GOP policy thinking. Let's hope not. 

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Former HoltraChem plant owner ordered to remove mercury from Penobscot River

Former HoltraChem plant owner ordered to remove mercury from Penobscot River | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
BANGOR, Maine — A federal court judge issued a ruling on Wednesday ordering that an engineering firm be hired to develop a plan for cleaning up mercury deposited in the Penobscot River by a defunct Orrington chemical plant. HoltraChem, which operated from 1967 to 1982, produced 23,000 pounds of toxic [...]
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Rah!

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Traditional Wabanaki village springs up on the Penobscot

Traditional Wabanaki village springs up on the Penobscot | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it

SUGAR ISLAND, Maine — There are no blueprints to go by. The designs of two different traditional Wabanaki homes being built on this island in the Penobscot River have changed as the available wood — ash, maple, basswood and birch — has dictated

Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

Keep an eye on this story.  Eco-tourism meets Native culture on the Penobscot. A serious class trip, anyone?

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Potential cost kills referendum on redacted parts of Maine Constitution - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Potential cost kills referendum on redacted parts of Maine Constitution - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
Maine reneged on the treaty duties both before and after publication of Section 5 was prohibited.
Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

And now, unless the state reneges again, the lost language of Maine's obligations to the Wabanaki nations. These include treaty rights and land purchases.  Thank you, Rep. Henry Bear.

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Group calls on LePage to reinstate tribal executive order

Group calls on LePage to reinstate tribal executive order | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
In addition to intergenerational trauma, core issues that the commission has been grappling with are institutional racism and contested sovereignty.
Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

This "Group" is the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. It has made multiple recommendations, many of which would facilitate communication. Oh dear, the C word. LePage voices but never hears the C word.   

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Native Tribes Declare Sovereignty From Maine After Failed Social Experiment

Native Tribes Declare Sovereignty From Maine After Failed Social Experiment | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
any interaction between the Tribes and the State of Maine will take place as separate and equal nations, not colonized subservients to an occupying government that repeatedly refuses to respect Tribal interests.
Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

A fresh perspective, with actual quotes from Native leaders. If you follow the ragings of Gov. LePage, you can appreciate how his statements and edicts are now the norm, and not at all limited to the Tribes. They harm the state and its people - all of its people, and have lead to a increasingly fracked government, and increasingly fracked political picture.  

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Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
The PDF embedded below (click here if you can't see the embedded document) outlines how to use ten of my favorite free tools to create image-based stories.
Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's insight:

Thank you to Richard Byrne for this document.  Summer work for teachers who wish to expand their toolset!

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Passamaquoddy, Penobscot tribes withdraw from Maine Legislature

Passamaquoddy, Penobscot tribes withdraw from Maine Legislature | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
Officials from both tribes said it was the first time in nearly two centuries that they had walked away from sending envoys to Maine state government.
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Rep. Mitchell "said that in the future, officials chosen by the Penobscot Nation to work with the state of Maine will consider themselves to be ambassadors of a separate and equal nation, not as nonvoting members of the Legislature."  

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Skowhegan schools' 'Indians' controversy not going away after vote - Central Maine

Skowhegan schools' 'Indians' controversy not going away after vote - Central Maine | Wabanaki News and Issues for ME Classrooms | Scoop.it
“I’d like to see the Indians continue to work with the school and come in and do the education pieces, teach them their traditions and their ways and teach them the history,” Coulombe said. “That would be great. That’s what they wanted.”
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Actually, I don't think it is what "the Indians" wanted. Read the article to find out what Barry Dana wanted. 

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