Letter: Assist LD 2004 for Maine’s Wabanaki Nations

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“An Act to Restore Entry to the Federal Legal guidelines Useful to Wabanaki Nations,” is 43 years overdue for our Maine Tribes. It will place Maine’s Wabanaki Nations on equal footing with what all different federally acknowledged tribes have loved for many years. Gratefully, this invoice has bipartisan sponsor help and can hopefully be embraced by the entire Legislature.

LD 2004 adjustments the one provision of the 1980 Maine Indian Settlement Claims Act (MICSA) that excessively burdens Maine tribes. MICSA at the moment requires our tribes to foyer Congress to be included in related federal legal guidelines — a protracted and costly course of past their means.

The invoice will enable our tribes to enhance financial progress, public security, and self-determination, which may even assist their non-Wabanaki neighbors thrive.