Indigenous Rights Spotlight

Penobscot Nation v. Frey

The Penobscot Nation continues to fight for its right to care for and protect the river that bears the Nation's name and has sustained them for millennia. This is a case of cultural survival that highlights the State of Maine's continued illegal taking from the Maine Tribes and the Tribes' continued commitment to protect their territories and their cultural continuity. 


"The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory traverses the landscape of deal-making and deal-breaking which has historically defined tribal-state relations in Maine. Spanning from the 1700's to the present-day legal battle being played out in Penobscot Nation v. Mills, the film illustrates the history of Penobscots' tenacious fight to retain their territory and their inherent, treaty-reserved sustenance fishing rights for future generations. The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory  features the Penobscot people’s traditional, centuries-long stewardship to ensure a healthy ecosystem for all of Maine. It tells the urgent, inspiring story of a struggle for justice and cultural survival in the face of an astonishingly open abuse of state power."

You can learn more about this case from the film posted below, created by Sunlight Media Collective. 

Protecting Indigenous Rights and

Preserving the Indigenous Way of Life. 

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Preserving Culture and Tradition


Protecting the Sacred 


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Providing Education and Resources