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The Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act, more than 40 years later

The act was signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 and came after a long legal battle between the State of Maine and the Passamaquoddy’s and Penobscot Nation.

Samantha York (NEWS CENTER Maine)

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Published: 11/16/2022 12:27:17 PM
Updated: 2:29 PM EST November 22, 2022

The land that is Maine was tribal land long before white settlers arrived.

It first was stewarded by four Indigenous tribes: the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet and Micmac tribes. 

Together, they fall under the umbrella of Wabanaki Nation.

More than 40 years ago, the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act was signed into law, but the conversations surrounding the Wabanaki Nation and its future are far from over.

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