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ERIC Number: ED122979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 98
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The Historical Precedents and Recent Development of Maine Indians' Bid for Recognition.
Villari, Mary Ann
Presenting an historical review of policy re Maine's American Indians, this monograph documents the development of: Indian policy prior to 1965 (treaties and legislation); the initial years of Maine's Department of Indian Affairs (DIA); Indian recognition and the courts; and recognition of Maine's off-reservation Indians. Specifically, this paper asserts that: (1) denial of Federal recognition has prevented Maine Indians from participating in Federal Indian policy, seeking protection via Federal statutes, or utilizing Federal courts as a means to retribution; (2) Maine has not recognized Federal sovereignty and has, by conferring certain rights to Indians, effectively treated them as welfare recipients; (3) a large group of Maine's Indians have not been recognized by either State or Federal government; (4) on initiation of the DIA, the means for strengthening self-determination was established, but lack of proper funding has assured welfare oriented operations; (5) both Indians and State officials look to the Federal Government for the means to increase funds; (6) a recent judicial decision making the Non-Intercourse Act applicable to Maine Indians promises clarification of the Federal obligation; (7) if Indian supervision is transferred to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Maine should retain its DIA to serve in a liaison capacity. (JC)
Publication Type: Books
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