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 and acknowledging the Tribes’ inherent sovereignty consistent with federal Indian law.” A subgroup of First Light participants and conservation leaders are sharing information and strategies to help support the legislation. On February 14 in Augusta, Molly Payne-Wynne testified in favor of LD2094 on behalf of The Nature Conservancy, and First Light participant Bryan Wentzel submitted personal testimony. You can also read Penobscot Nation Tribal Ambassador Maulian Dana’s testimony here.
The Maine Legislature heard public testimony over two days on February, the 14th and 19th, 2020 on the ‘Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act’ LD2094