Penobscot Nation

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The Penobscot Nation is calling on the city of Bangor to take down a monument honoring a Portuguese explorer from the city's waterfront.

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Washington's NFL team is shedding the "Redskins'' name and logo after recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans.

Michael York / Associated Press

BANGOR, Maine - The Bangor City Council is scheduled to discuss a proposal from the Penobscot Nation to remove a controversial monument.

The Indian Land Claims Task Force recently presented its report recommending sweeping changes in tribal-state relations, giving the tribes the ability to open casinos, regulate fishing and hunting by non-tribal members and allowing tribal courts to prosecute certain criminal and juvenile offense. The legislature’s judiciary committee has drafted bills based on the report’s recommendations, which are currently under consideration by the legislature.


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The tribal ambassador of the Penobscot Nation says she and others will keep up the pressure to retire Skowhegan High School's "Indians" mascot, despite attempts to let an "outside" group influence the issue.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public File

This week, Maine lawmakers will consider the nomination of Jerry Reid to lead the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

A long simmering debate over Skowhegan High School's use of an ‘Indian’ mascot is once again headed for a showdown.

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine tribal nation is fighting a federal judge's move to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to rework former President Obama's administration's higher water quality standards for rivers fished by tribes.

OLD TOWN, Maine - An American Indian tribe in Maine will have access to an expansion of a federal government program that provides tribes with access to crime databases.

Celie Deagle, Lucia Helder, Penobscot Nation / Maine Public

For the last 153 years, the University of Maine campus has occupied the traditional territory of the Penobscot Nation. 

The University of Maine and the Penobscot Nation have signed an agreement to help preserve the tribe's cultural heritage.

WABI-TV reports officials from the university and the tribe met Thursday afternoon at the Hudson Museum to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. Under the pact, tribal perspectives will be included in research projects. Officials will also add Penobscot signs on campus.

UMaine President Susan Hunter says the memorandum will evolve to include more people. Hunter is confident the agreement will benefit the entire state.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

For the first time, the Penobscot Nation has hosted a political forum featuring candidates for governor. About 150 people from the Penobscot Nation, as well as members of the surrounding communities came to Wednesday night's forum on Indian Island.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

BANGOR, Maine - Penobscot elders vowed at a rally Sunday to continue to fight a court ruling that affirms the state of Maine as the regulatory body with sole authority over the Penobscot River, a view with which the tribe disagrees.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Penobscot Nation and Maine climate activists are calling on President Barack Obama to stop a proposed $3.8 billion pipeline in South Dakota.

June Sapiel and Dawn Neptune Adams from the Penobscot tribe are among speakers demanding action at an event Saturday in Portland. The event was co-sponsored by Sierra Club, Maine Peoples Alliance, 350 Maine, and Food and Water Watch.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Penobscot Nation is formally vacating a seat it has held in Maine's Legislature for more than 150 years as tensions between the state and American Indian tribe continue.

The tribe will instead select an ambassador to work with state and federal governments. The Portland Press Herald reports that the change is a symbolic, historic shift rooted in chilled relations between state officials and Maine's federal recognized tribes.

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