Amending Maine’s Constitution for Honesty and Accountability
Whatever our color, background, or zip code, we want to live in communities that reflect honesty about who we are and integrity in how we treat others.That’s why the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations firmly supports the proposed state constitutional amendment to publish all original sections of the Maine constitution, including the state's obligations to the Wabanaki tribal nations.
This crucial step towards government transparency and accountability aligns with our commitment to honesty about our history and the fundamental right of the public to know the truth of our past. By making these historical documents accessible to all, we empower our citizens to engage in informed civic discourse and hold our government accountable for its actions, past and present. Acknowledging our obligations to the Wabanaki tribal nations demonstrates a commitment to fulfill those obligations and fosters a deeper understanding of our shared history.
We stand together with the Wabanaki tribal nations, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General and the entire Legislature, which unanimously passed LD 78, in support of this amendment. Now that it has passed the Legislature, Maine voters will decide what happens next. Question 6 on the November 7 ballot asks voters:
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to require that all of the provisions of the Constitution be included in the official printed copies of the Constitution prepared by the Secretary of State?