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 in testimony that these bills are "an opportunity to include this area’s longest inhabitants as part of the collective voices working towards the common goal of protecting fish and wildlife within our territories and the state of Maine."

The public hearing for LD361 was on February 22nd and the hearing for LD342 was on March 2nd. First Light Learning Journey participant Eliza Townsend collected signatures from 20 conservation organizations for sign on letters in support of LD342 and LD361 submitted in testimony.  Additionally, The Nature Conservancy (LD342, LD361) and Maine Coast Heritage Trust (LD342, LD361), and individuals from our cohort (Erica Dubois and Juliet Altham) submitted testimony in support of these bills.

The Maine Legislature heard public testimony on LD342 and LD361, acts to establish a permanent appointment of Wabanaki tribal members to State environmental Advisory Councils