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Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980

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The Original Meaning and Intent of the Maine Indian Land Claims – Penobscot Perspectives. Maria L. Girouard, Penobscot. Thesis, Master of Arts in History. University of Maine. May 2012.

Tribal Sovereignty. Mark Chavaree, Penobscot. 1998.

Maine’s Original Sin. John Dieffenbacher-Krall. Blog: Voices of Decolonization. Maine-Wabanaki REACH. June 2020.

Petition (1829) by Penobscot Governors. Written by Penobscot Governors and Indians in Council at Old Town, Maine, The Penobscot Land Claims Petition of November 5, 1829 concerns the sale of tribal lands in the new State of Maine. Dawnland Voices Magazine.

A timeline of the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980. Bangor Daily News Archive. October 8, 2005.

The Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act and the Implementing Act. Headline News. Abbe Museum.

Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 Statement on Signing H.R. 7919 Into Law. 39th President of the United States: 1977 ‐ 1981 Jimmy Carter. American Presidency Project.

Maine Indian Land Claims Case: Pro and Con. Joseph Pecoraro. University of Southern Maine Digital Commons Maine Collection. 1979.

Indian Claims Bolstered in Maine. New York Times. July 22, 1979.

Biggest Indian victory since the Little Big Horn. Christian Science Monitor. Clayton Jones. April 17, 1980.

Wabanaki Alliance Newspaper. August 1980 Edition. Dawnland Voices Magazine.

Wabanaki Alliance Newspaper. December 1980 Edition. Dawnland Voices Magazine.

The Eastern Indians Land Claims Part 1: The Maine Land Claims Settlement. Native American Rights Fund. Announcements. May 1981.

Restitution: The Land Claims of the Mashpee, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Indians of New England. Paul Brodeur. Northeastern University Press. August 1, 1985

A Tale Of Two Tribes And Their Fortunes. Steve Stecklow. Knight-Ridder Newspapers. Seattle Times. November 18, 1990.

Sovereign Municipalities? Twenty Years after the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980. Granville Ganter. Enduring Legacies:  Native American Treaties and Contemporary Controversies, edited by Bruce E. Johansen and foreward by Vine Deloria, Jr.

Casino crusader: The man behind drive in Maine. Clarke Canfield, Associated Press. May 4, 2003.

The Big Gamble: Thomas Tureen, the lawyer who scored major land claims for the Indians in Maine, now has a bigger prize in mind -- casino gambling. His clients have a lot riding on the outcome, and he stands to make a killing. Joseph Rosenbloom. Boston Globe, October 19, 2003.

Waiting for Gluskabe: An Examination of Maine's Colonialist Legacy Suffered by Native American Tribes Under the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980. Joseph G.E. Gousse.  Maine Law Review Volume 66. June 2014. 


Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (MITSC). An inter-governmental entity created by the Maine Implementing Act of 1980.  Access statutes, by-laws, key reports, a library, and other related resources here.  

Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act. State of Maine Legislature, First Regular Session. January 2020.

Sunlight Media Collective. Coverage of legislative hearings on LD 2094: A Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act. 2020.