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Wabanaki Territory

 

Traditional Territory

The tribe has been purchasing large tracks of land in northern Maine.  We’re excited about the opportunity to save and protect the land in a wild state.  The land is being preserved for camping, gathering the traditional foods and medicines we still use today.  It’s hard for us to separate ourselves from the land.  The land, rivers and streams run in our veins.
- Richard Dyer, Micmac
Aroostook Band of Micmacs

We own over 130,000 acres located in eastern, central and western Maine.  This provides a variety of different types of resources.  There are places the tribe has set aside for nature to rebuild, places for the animals and trees.  We just set aside 3,000 acres in western Maine for migratory birds to use as a stopping place during their long trip from South America to Canada. 
-Donald Soctomah, Passamaquoddy
Historic Preservation Officer, Tribal Representative to the State Legislature

Wabanaki Territory Today

Current Territory
Map designed by James Eric Francis Sr.

The State’s opinion is that we don’t have a land base large enough to manage our hunting and fishing rights on, or a mechanism to carry out the management.  What I really think they are saying is that they don’t think we can manage our own lands, and that they really don’t want to give up that authority anyway.
-Brian Reynolds, Maliseet
Tribal Administrator, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians

We have a deep cultural connection to the natural world that translates into responsibility for professional stewardship that insures long term sustainability. The 1980 Settlement Act confirmed our exclusive authority to regulate the taking of wildlife from within Penobscot Indian Territory.
-John Banks, Penobscot
Director of Natural Resources, Penobscot Indian Nation