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Maine's First Annual James Weldon Johnson Day Observance & Juneteenth Weekend

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 11:11

A barrier-breaking renaissance man, James Weldon Johnson was a novelist and poet, a songwriter and journalist, an educator and activist, and a diplomat with legal expertise. He was a prominent leader in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) during its early years and an outstanding voice in combatting racism in our country. The first African American to serve as the organization’s executive secretary, he led the fight against racial discrimination and segregation.

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Vice Chief Darrell Newell delivers prayer to the Legislature

Vice Chief Darrell Newell delivers prayer to the Legislature

Monday, May 9, 2022 - 17:00

Commissioner Darrell Newell, Vice Chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Motahkomikuk, Indian Township, delivered the prayer for both the House and Senate on the last day of business for the 130th Legislature. Vice Chief Newell was there in honor of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Day, as designated by a Joint Resolution passed by the Legislature later that day; and to pay tribute to Kim Neptune of Sipayik, who was taken from her loved ones and community far too soon.

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Permanent Commission Publishes Analysis of Maine Tribal Policy

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 10:18

AUGUSTA - Today, the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations (“Permanent Commission”) distributed copies of One Nation, Under Fraud: A Remonstrance, at the request of its authors, Hon. Donna Loring, Hon. Eric Mehnert, and Joseph Gousse, Esq. The publication was made possible by $10,000 Grant for Change from Maine Initiatives.

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Permanent Commission Publishes 2022 Annual Report, Detailing its Work to Combat Structural Racism in Maine

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - 10:24

AUGUSTA - The Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Tribal Populations (“Permanent Commission”) has published its 2022 Annual Report.

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Permanent Commission Advises Legislature to Pass Tribal Sovereignty Bill

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 10:33

AUGUSTA - Today the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations (“Permanent Commission”) joined hundreds of tribal leaders, policy makers, and Maine residents to urge legislative action on LD 1626, “An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act.”

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