ERIC Number: ED121515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Maliseet and Micmac Rights and Treaties in the United States.
Written for purposes of furthering aid to the Association of Aroostook Indian (AAI) in procuring Maliseet and Micmac American Indian rights, this essay provides historical documentation of U.S. treaties verifying Native American rights. This essay asserts that although about 4,000 Micmacs and Maliseets live in New England (1,000 in Maine), they have not been formally recognized by the Federal Government and had not been given state recognition until the AAI was formed in 1967 and began to further their cause; that since they generally live off-reservation but do have reservations in Canada, they are often considered both Canadian and alien and are not, consequently, afforded government services. Arguing that these people are free to cross borders and are entitled to certain rights under a series of treaties established between the Indians and the U.S. during and after the American Revolution, this essay presents the historical basis for the following rights: (1) the right to come to the U.S. from Canada and to acquire employment without having to register as an alien; (2) full hunting/fishing rights comparable to those of other Maine Indians; (3) the right to settle on either Passamaquoddy reservation with due reservation rights; (4) full services comparable to those of other off-reservation Indians; (5) full rights of citizenship, including the right to vote. (JC)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Aroostook Indians, Houlton, ME.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Maine