Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act 8-9-2019
Maine legislation passed on June 10, 2019, creating the Task Force, states a commitment to recognize, "that the Maine Tribes should enjoy the same rights, privileges, powers and immunities as other Federally recognized Indian Tribes within the United States".
Since the passage of the Settlement Act, the State has exerted an interpretation that imposes its jurisdictional power over the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet, which has undermined their inherent rights and federal law that applies to all other federally recognized Tribes.
The Task Force charged Tribal leaders and counsel to propose language that would reform the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Implementing Act. Passamquoddy Tribal counsel, Corey Hinton and Penobscot Tribal counsel Kaighn Smith presented these changes at the top the August 9th meeting.