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Update: Penobscot Nation v. Mills

Update: Penobscot Nation v. Mills

Wabanaki Legal News, Fall 2016

By Ethan Plaut, Esq.

Since our last issue, there has been a major development in the case known as Penobscot Nation v. Mills, or the “Penobscot River Case.”  This is a case about what sovereign rights the Penobscot Nation has in the Penobscot River. 

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FRANCIS V: Maine Law Court Says Tribe Had Exclusive Jurisdiction

by Paul Thibeault, Esq.
Wabanaki Legal News, Spring 2009 edition

The State's highest court has made a final decision in the long legal battle between Pamela Francis and the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Housing Authority. On December 11, 2008 the Supreme Judicial Court (also known as the Law Court) held that the state courts had no jurisdiction and that the tribal court had exclusive jurisdiction over the case because it involves internal tribal matters.

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US Acts on UN Rights of Indigenous Peoples Declaration

Wabanaki Legal News, Summer 2011

In September 2007 the United Nations passed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It covers 46 issues important to Native people, including:

  • Self-determination, or the right of a people to decide their political status and government
  • Culture and language
  • Education and health
  • Housing, land, resources and environment
  • Indigenous law
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Tribal Sovereignty

Wabanaki Legal News, Winter 1998

 


By Mark A. Chavaree, Esq.

Mark is a member of the Penobscot Nation. He is a graduate of Old Town High School, Dartmouth College and Cornell Law School. Mark is currently Tribal Staff Attorney for the Penobscot Nation. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Pine Tree Legal Assistance.

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Tribal Appeallate Court Victory

Wabanaki Legal News, 2007 edition


On February 19, 2007 the Passamaquoddy Appellate Court upheld the dismissal of an eviction action filed by the Housing Authority at Indian Township. The tenant was represented by the Native American Unit.

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