In an effort to show solidarity for emerging Indigenous-led land return efforts in the Northeast, First Light leveraged its network to raise money to directly support 4 organizations: Bomazeen Land Trust, Native Land Conservancy, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust,
Motahkomikuk (Indian Township), Maine – On March 12, 2021, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Motahkomikuk (Indian Township) reacquired 140 acres of their unceded Ancestral territory – the largest island in Kci Monosakom, (Big Lake) Maine. Originally known as Kuwesuwi Monihq (Pine
First Light co-facilitator and MCHT Senior Project Manager Ciona Ulbrich was invited by Rob Levin, of the Maine Land Conservation Attorneys Network (MLCAN), to talk to network members about considering changing or using new legal tools to secure and formalize
As a part of the First Light Learning Journey in 2019, Appalachian Mountain Club worked with the Penobscot Nation to begin issuing harvesting permits for brown ash to tribal members free of charge. On May 10th, about 15 Wabanaki people from
Littleton: On March 4, Chief Peter-Paul signed the closing papers to complete the purchase of 90-acre Sunrise Christmas Tree Farm in Littleton by the Aroostook Band of Micmacs. “We are excited to pursue a green and carbon friendly economic venture, it fits
In December, Corey Hinton told 105 participants in First Light Learning Journey that he would “love to see the legislative record for the 130th legislature be as full of support for Tribal positions as the 129th was.”
Wabanaki leaders and allies are organizing in support of two bills to establish permanent Wabanaki representation on Maine’s Marine Resources Advisory Council (LD342) and the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council (LD361). Chief Clarissa Sabattis of the Maliseet Tribe stated
A significant return of land stewardship to the Penobscot Nation celebrates their history and cultural resilience and serves to inspire similar land stewardship returns during and beyond this important moment of historical reckoning.
A series of talks in which 10 Wabanaki people–representing 4 tribes and 3 generations–spoke on the importance of access to land to a group of 120 conservation leaders and their funders from across the state of Maine.
First Light and Doug Beck–the point person on the Land and Water Conservation Funding (LWCF) for the State of Maine–recently organized a workshop for tribal members about the process of writing a successful application to receive a LWCF grant. LWCF