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Penobscot Nation

Members and tribal leaders of the Penobscot Nation have been constant allies in fighting the Corridor. Their history on the River goes back at least 10,000 years. The State of Maine's efforts to strip the Penobscot People from their namesake River so the State can support higher levels of pollution and industrial development (like the EWC) is unethical, detrimental to all of us, and effective genocide of Penobscot People.

The fate of the Penobscot Nation and the fate of the Penobscot River are inextricably intertwined. In addition, STEWC's steering committee has agreed to support the Penobscot Nation however we can.

The Penobcot Nation and the US Department of Justice filed to appeal a US District Court decision that supports the State Of Maine's efforts to sever the Tribe's ties to the Penobscot River within their territory.

This past December, US District Court Judge George Singal decided on the highly controversial and historic case, Penobscot Nation v Janet Mills, Attorney General for the State of Maine. (See Legal standing.)

Despite state claims to the contrary, he affirmed that the Penobscot Tribe does have sustenance fishing rights in the Penobscot River, surrounding their reservation's 200 islands. But on the issue of the river itself, he sided with the State, who claims the Tribe's territory includes the islands, but not the Penobscot River which surrounds it.

The Penobscot Tribe and their supporters continue this legal fight for the maintenance of territory and cultural survival.

You can listen to programs about this in the WERU archives at Radioactive


We, the citizens of Maine, love the place we call home. Our sense of place is what defines us. When it's gone, it's gone forever.


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