MAINE COUNCIL OF CHURCHES TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY
The Maine Council of Churches* affirms the sovereignty of Maine’s Native American tribes, supports their right to self-determination, self-governance, self-sufficiency and cultural identity, and acknowledges that certain decisions made in the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act deprived them of their inherent right to sovereignty—a right all other tribes in the United States currently have.
We call on the people of Maine and those legislators who represent them to recognize that tribal sovereignty is a historical fact and must not be disregarded in favor of political expediency or for any other reason. Recognition of tribal sovereignty will preserve the tribes’ culture, land, religious expression, and sacred spaces and ensures the survival of Native People.
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*The Episcopal Diocese of Maine is an active member of the Maine Council of Churches.