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For around a hundred and fifty years in this country, Native tribes have been legally considered nations within a nation. But in Maine, the situation is more complicated. Maine has restricted the rights of the tribes within its borders more than any other state.

And the amazing thing is, the tribes in Maine agreed to this. And pretty recently. 40 years ago, they signed a deal and surrendered a huge amount of power in exchange for money and land.

Right now the tribes in Maine are fighting for new laws that would restore their powers of sovereignty. And Maine state politicians and town officials are trying to stop them.

Produced by the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Brought to you in part by Bangor Savings Bank.

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For around a hundred and fifty years in this country, Native tribes have been legally considered nations within a nation. But in Maine, the situation is more complicated. Maine has restricted the rights of the tribes within its borders more than any other state.

And the amazing thing is, the tribes in Maine agreed to this. And pretty recently. 40 years ago, they signed a deal and surrendered a huge amount of power in exchange for money and land.

Right now the tribes in Maine are fighting for new laws that would restore their powers of sovereignty. And Maine state politicians and town officials are trying to stop them.

Produced by the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Brought to you in part by Bangor Savings Bank.

    The Fight Back

    The Fight Back

    For more than 150 years, Native tribes have been considered nations within a nation. But in Maine, the situation is far more complicated. Maine has restricted the rights of the tribes within its borders more than any other state.
    And the hardest thing is, the tribes in Maine agreed to this. 40 years ago… when they signed a deal to give away some of their rights. For money.
    On today’s episode… our final chapter… the tribes try to understand what that deal really meant… and they start to fight back.

    Brought to you in part by Bangor Savings Bank.

    • 19 min
    A Deal Not Done

    A Deal Not Done

    Throughout this podcast series, we’ve been talking about how the tribes of Maine signed away some of their sovereign powers in the 1980 settlement act. That is, except for the Micmacs, Richard’s tribe. The Micmac’s never signed onto the settlement act.

    But, not putting pen to paper is only half the story. Because the real question is: Were they better off not signing? Or, was it an even worse fate for the Micmacs than the tribes who did?

    Sometimes the only thing worse than a bad deal… is no deal at all.

    Brought to you in part by Bangor Savings Bank.

    • 22 min
    Maine Land

    Maine Land

    For around a hundred years in this country, native tribes have been considered nations within a nation. But in Maine the situation is way more complicated. Maine has restricted the rights of the tribes within its borders more than any other state.

    And here’s the kicker… the tribes signed off on this agreement.

    In this episode of Sovereign we ask: Why? After centuries of native tribes in Maine historically getting screwed by bad deals, and broken promises, subjected to racism and violence, why would these tribes give up a legitimate claim to their land?

    Brought to you in part by Bangor Savings Banks

    • 22 min
    The Back of the Line

    The Back of the Line

    Sovereignty is the right of a people to govern themselves and make their own decisions. The tribes in Maine have always said they are inherently sovereign. But the powers of sovereignty, like the ability to make and enforce laws, can be taken away. The tribes in Maine have way fewer powers of sovereignty than an average tribal nation in the US.

    Brought to you in part by Bangor Savings Bank.

    Over the next four episodes, we’ll visit those tribes and hear their stories. The Passamaquoddy, the Penobscot, the Houlton Band of Maliseets and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs.

    But in this episode we’re focusing on the Passamaquoddy. And specifically, the Passamaquoddy reservation at Pleasant Point.

    • 18 min
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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Manini500 ,

Great podcast

I am native Hawaiian so ….On the fence on with agreement made in first place . They put pen to paper , no way Americans will go back on an agreement on land. LAND IS POWER . It’s been an ongoing struggle , land monopoly. Sad & evil

podpal ,

Must Listen

this is fascinating, disturbing and makes me ashamed of the pst treatment of First Nation people . But to understand, you must first learn and this podcast is trying to bridge that knowledge gap.

HCSALAM ,

Would love more episodes!

I found this podcast on Indigenous People’s day as on e of the banners on Apple podcasts. As someone currently living in this area, I was really interested to hear about the indigenous peoples stories. I would love to hear any updates!

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