Sovereign

By Salt Institute for Documentary Studies

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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.

Episode Date
The Fight Back
00:19:39
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.
Sep 23, 2021
A Deal Not Done
00:22:06
Sep 16, 2021
Maine Land
00:22:13
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
Sep 09, 2021
The Back of the Line
00:18:05
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.
Sep 02, 2021
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00:01:48
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Aug 23, 2021