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...
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...
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.
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Over the next four episodes, we’ll visit those tribes and hear their stories. The Passamaquoddy, the...
Coming soon from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies