Last month, Maine Governor Paul LePage issued an executive order that rescinded a previous executive order promoting state cooperation with tribes. This act has exacerbated already high tensions between Governor LePage and the 4 federally recognized tribes in the state. Some of the top issues are water quality, fishing rights and criminal jurisdiction. Join us as we discuss the tension between the tribes of Maine and the state government. How important is it for states to have a good relationship with tribes? Do tribes need to cooperate with state officials?
Chief Kirk Francis (Penobscot) – Chief of the Penobscot Nation
Jamie Bisonette Lewey (Abenaki) – Chair of the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission
Mark Trahant (Shoshone Bannock ) – journalist
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