This is a collection of tools which are being used across the country to formalize Indigenous access to land for cultural uses, harvesting, and ceremony.

Maine’s Conservation Community Delegation has collected a set of tools to inspire projects to expand Wabanaki uses of land. This list contains examples from across the country. Please keep in mind that this document is in draft form and has not yet been reviewed or endorsed by our Wabanaki colleagues.

Invitation to the Passamaquoddy Nation to use and enjoy Dickinson’s Reach

Cultural Easements:
Cultural Easement Template from Cultural Conservancy
Cultural Easements by Nature by Ramona Peters
Cultural conservation easement between the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and the state of California for over 36 acres atop Mount Umunhum in Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve.

Cultural respect agreements:
Cultural Respect Agreement video made by the Native Land Conservancy about the Mashpee Wampanoag’s cultural land use agreement
Native Land Conservancy/Cape Cod Cultural Respect Agreement
Draft of a Maine Cultural Respect and Use Agreement, which was discussed in depth at the Building Collaboration across the lands of the Wabanaki conference in June 2019. This should be read as a work in progress, and only one (not ideal) tool among many tools we could potentially use in Maine.

Harvesting Permits:
AMC Brown Ash Permit