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Sunlight Media Collective spoke with Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis about the historic judicial review of the Penobscot River Case now underway. This En Banc Review will assess whether the courts adequately applied federal Indian Law when siding with the State of Maine’s 2012 opinion that no part of the Penobscot River is Penobscot Tribal territory. The Penobscot Nation says this is an existential threat, and that they never ceded the waterways under any treaty or the Settlement Act, and that past case law supports their position.


We also spoke with Chief Francis about the new State recognition of the Wabanaki Tribes under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Penobscot Nation’s response to the COVID crisis, reflections on Black Lives Matter, racial justice, the police brutality movemement, and more.

 

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