Native Sovereignty Blocked Again in Maine
December 27, 2022
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.