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Native Sovereignty Blocked Again in Maine


December 27, 2022

Supporters advocated for LD1626 Wabanaki tribal sovereignty at the Maine capitol earlier this year before the bill died in May. (photo: Wabanaki Alliance)

A proposal that would have restored long-awaited sovereignty for Maine tribes was blocked this week and excluded from the $1.7 trillion 2023 Omnibus spending bill. 

The proposal - introduced by 2nd District Congressman Jared Golden and backed by fellow Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree - would have provided a crucial update to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980, which limits tribal authority and excludes Maine tribes from new federal laws unless specifically directed by Congress. 

The state's tribes- known collectively as the Wabanaki Nation- are currently excluded from more than 150 federal Indian Laws.


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