Support HR 6707: Legislation to Extend Future Federal Indian Laws to Wabanaki Tribes

For more than 40 years, the Wabanaki tribes in Maine have been excluded from Federal Indian laws that benefit all other federally recognized tribes in the U.S. because of provisions in the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act (MICSA).

As a result, the Wabanaki tribes have been unable to benefit from more than 151 federal laws passed since 1980, including legislation meant to improve public health, respond to natural disasters, promote economic development, and protect the environment.

HR 6707, sponsored by Rep. Golden (ME-2) and co-sponsored by Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-1), would fix this decades-long injustice by amending MICSA, extending all future Federal Indian laws to the Wabanaki tribes. The bill would also allow the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) to apply to the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and the Mi’kmaq Nation in the same way that the law currently applies to the Penobscot Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe under MICSA.

The full Natural Resources Committee will decide soon whether to advance the bill and it needs your help. On the next page, you’ll find talking points and a letter template that will be sent to the chairs of the committee. Unlike some online actions, you’ll need to add the body of the letter. This is because the committee will be more swayed by unique messages.

Once you hit “SEND LETTER” your message will be automatically emailed to the staff of the committee chairs and cc Rep. Golden and Rep. Pingree’s staff. Thank you for taking action!

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