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
On June 29th, 2020, Kat Deely of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) led a tour of a recently acquired FBC property for a group of Wabanaki leaders. This field trip helped the group begin to discuss what Wabanaki input on
First light participants Zak Klein and Hannah Quimby recently developed and opened a grant program focused on Wabanaki Communities through the Quimby Family Foundation. Any Wabanaki person or any employee, contractor, or director of a native-led or native-serving organization may
Many Wabanaki leaders and allies are organizing in support of LD2094, a bill to implement changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act. Chief Kirk Francis stated in an interview that the revisions to the Settlement Act are about “respect
On January 10th, tribal representatives gathered at the Wabanaki Center to develop their vision for an intra-Tribal task force. The Wabanaki Task Force on Land and Land Stewardship, which will be funded by First Light, will build the capacity, voice,
Deirdre Whitehead has been working with Tribal and local historians, a Tribal artist and Julia Bates from the Abbe Museum to design 3 interpretive panels for the Long Point Preserve in Machiasport. The place based panels describe three thousand years of
Ciona Ulbrich and others at MCHT recently named a new cross-departmental initiative on Wabanaki engagement within their five year strategic plan. This will open up more resources and staff time for MCHT to work on increasing Wabanaki land access and
Tom Duffus, with The Conservation Fund, recently issued a permit to Wabanaki folks that grants access to thousands of acres in Western Maine for brown ash harvest. You can view the permit here.
Dear First Light Learning Journey folks, Appalachian Mountain Club has finalized a permitting process to allow Wabanaki tribal people access to AMC lands for purpose of harvesting Brown Ash for basket making. Congratulations and thanks to Steve Tatko for his