Maine agencies to work collaboratively with Native American Tribes

Sitting from the left are Richard Doyle of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, William Nicholas of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township and the Governor. Legislative leadership and Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills are among those standing. Photo by Ramona du Houx

By Ramona du Houx - February 24th, 2010 · 

In a State House ceremony today with many of Maine’s Native American Tribal leaders present, Governor John E. Baldacci today signed an Executive Order to encourage effective communications between the State of Maine and Maine Tribes.

“We know that we cannot truly succeed as a State unless all our people and all of our communities succeed,” said Governor Baldacci. “We can accomplish grSitting from the left are Richard Doyle of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, William Nicholas of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township and the Governor. Legislative leadership and Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills are among those standing.eat things when we work together collaboratively. This is true between State government and Tribal governments. That’s why I am ordering all State agencies to promote positive and effective communications with Tribal governments.”

The Executive Order the Governor signed ensures that Native American Tribes in Maine have meaningful and timely input into matters considered by the State that impacts them. While each State agency is ordered to designate a tribal liaison, State departments will determine how to ensure that the goals of this order are reached and maintained.

“Communications is a process. This Executive Order is important not only in its initial phase, but is designed to keep relationships between Maine State government and Tribal governments running smooth,” said Governor Baldacci. “The issues that are important to our Tribes are important to the entire State. And the relationship between the State and the Tribes is a vibrant one. There are many opportunities before us, and I look forward to continuing our working relationship.”

The Governor recognized the work of the Maine legislative leadership and especially Tribal Representatives in the Maine House: Representative Wayne Mitchell and Representative Donald Soctomah. He also thanked the leaders of the Maine Tribes: Victoria Higgins of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs; Brenda Commander of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians; William Nicholas of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township; Richard Doyle of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point; and Kirk Francis of the Penobscot Nation.