Producer/Editor/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by: John Greenman
This year’s HOPE festival keynote speech from indigenous rights lawyer and activist, Sherri Mitchell. Born and raised on Indian Island, Sherri graduated from the University of Maine magna cum laude and went on to the University of Arizona, where she earned her law degree and a certificate in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy. She is the director of the Land Peace Foundation, dedicated to the protection of indigenous land rights and works with the Wabanaki confederacy in Maine and the Maritimes and has been involved with the Idle No More movement, launched in the winter of 2012 in Canada to resist Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s policies dismantling the rights of First Nations peoples. She is director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection of indigenous land rights, and works with the Wabanaki confederacy in Maine and the Maritimes.
The 20th annual free HOPE (Help Organize Peace Earthwide) Festival was held on April 26th at the University of Maine in Orono. The festival is held each year “to celebrate Earth Day and all the good work being done my more than 60 organizations working to take care of the earth and each other. The festival offers information, entertainment and interaction.” It is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine
(NOTE: There are 2 audio files attached to this post. The shorter one is the Bangor Area Commons show as it aired. The longer file is the minimally edited full speech)
Producer/Host: Amy Browne
The 2014 elver season starts on March 24th, and today legislators on the Marine Resources committee are considering emergency legislation that would amend regulations on the lucrative fishery. This issue has been a contentious one, with Maine’s state government attempting to regulate the tribes, who of course have their own government and history of conservation of the resource. To give you a better sense of the debate behind the headlines, today we take you inside the committee meeting. (Includes testimony from AAG’s office and Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Nation officials)
Producer/Host: Rhonda Frey
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne
Topic: The Historical and Current Relationship of the Wabanaki and French People
Who is the Baron of Castine? What kind of relationship did the Penobscot have with the French? Who is Charles Norman Shay?
French Consulate General Francois Gauthier; James Eric Francis, Penobscot Nation Tribal Historian; Charles Norman Shay, Penobscot Tribal Elder and Veteran; Todd Nelson, Principal, Adams School in Castine
Producer/Host: Rhonda Frey
Topic: “In The Shadow of the Eagle- A Tribal Representative in Maine” (2008, Tilbury House)– a discussion with the author, Donna Loring, Penobscot Representative to the Maine State Legislature.
What is the election process of the Penobscot Tribe? What legislative bills did you work on? With regard to the “Offensive Names Bill”, what difficulties did you face in the state, with the media and public?
Donna Loring also has a blog called “Native Voice” which can be found on the Bangor Daily News website, www.bangornews.com