The Penobscot Indian Nation and the U.S. Department of Justice are appealing a Maine federal judge’s ruling that found the tribe’s reservation includes the islands on the main stem of the Penobscot River but not the water itself. Source: Penobscot Nation appeals decision over whether it owns water in river — Penobscot — Bangor Daily… continue reading »

Concerns about the state and Gov. Paul LePage’s apparent lack of respect for tribal sovereignty prompted the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy tribes to withdraw their delegates to the Maine Legislature in May of last year. Source: Maine tribal leaders voice disputes with state government

‘This is how First Nations live in the Bantustans of Canada’s north. Broke and broken people with little to no opportunities live in cold, run-down homes and suffer from generations of sexual, physical and psychological abuse.’ Photograph: Spencer Wynn/Toronto Star via Getty Images Eleven people tried taking their own lives on Saturday. This is a… continue reading »

Since 1980, at least 4,000 indigenous Canadian women have gone missing or been murdered. Their families refused to be overlooked any longer. “Indigenous women’s lives are undervalued…it’s a systemic issue and has to be addressed from the root.” Melina Laboucan-Massimo Source: “It’s just an assumption that this death or missing person is inevitable”