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Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission honors John Dieffenbacher-Krall

The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (MITSC) honored the long-time service of John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations Chair, at its January meeting. MITSC is an inter-governmental entity created by the Maine Implementing Act of 1980. Six members are appointed by the State, two by the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, two by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, and two by the Penobscot Indian Nation. John held the position of Executive Director for MITSC from 2005 to 2017 and has continued as a consultant and volunteer after that period. He has devoted his adult life to community service and social change, working for environmental, multi-issue, and intergovernmental groups, in addition to extensive volunteer service. Read his remarks upon being honored here.  

2021 CIR Meetings

If you wish to participate in the upcoming Committee on IndianRelations meeting, please contact John Dieffenbacher-Krall (Chair) for the Zoom link.
March 15 4:00pm
April 19 2:00pm
May 17 4:00pm
June 21 2:00pm

Resolution Adopted by the 201st Convention of the Diocese of Maine in October 2020


Celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Diocesan-Wide Worship - Oct. 11, 2020

In 2019 the state of Maine enacted legislation to replace Columbus Day with a celebration of Indigenous People. In October of 2020, our diocesan Racial Justice Council of the Diocese of Maine was pleased to offer a Diocesan-wide worship service in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 
In collaboration with the Committee on Indian Relations, the Justice Commission of the Diocese of Maine, we provided a pre-recorded worship service (and service bulletin) for use by parishes in the diocese.
Highlights of the service included: 
·       Liturgy crafted from indigenous resources 
·       Lakota Direction Song by the Rev. Shaneequa Brokenleg 
·       A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Bradley Hauff, Missioner for Indigenous Ministries for The Episcopal Church 
·       Eucharist celebrated by the Rt. Rev. Carol Walkingstick Theobald Gallagher 
The recorded service is available here on the diocesan YouTube
Download the worship bulletin here

Wabanaki Alliance Maine Legislative Scorecard


Documents for Diocesan Council Presentation in June of 2020


Press Release March 2, 2017

Dieffenbacher-Krall to lead Committee on Indian Relations 


Maine Wabanaki Child Welfare Truth and Reconcilation Commission

Learn more about the Maine Wabanaki Child Welfare Truth and Reconcilation Commission on its public Facebook page. 


Our Mission Statement

We are called by our Creator to deepen our relationship with the Wabanaki of Maine, to stand with the tribes in the pursuit of justice, to affirm their inherent sovereignty and to support the preservation of Native languages and culture.


Committee Prayer

Our new prayer composed by members of the committee: 

we are all children of your creation
and of many different cultures,
but we do not see all people
or their culture as we see ourselves. 

We believe
that all people should have
social justice and equality,
but we do not treat all people
as we want to be treated. 

Fill us with your spirit of love
wisdom and compassion
so that we may see one another as you see us. 

We pray that we may embrace
and understand all people,
especially our indigenous brothers and sisters,
the Wabanaki,
who struggle to maintain their culture

and their inherent sovereignty. 



Resolution of the 172nd Convention of the Diocese of Maine regarding the creation of the DVD "Invisible"

At the 172nd Convention of the Diocese of Maine, delegates passed a resolution encouraging Maine Episcopalians “to get to know the Native American people of Maine; to learn about their histories, cultures, values, and yearnings, and join with them as we all share in the ministry of reaching out to all the people of Maine”. This led to the production of a documental film "INVISIBLE" which examines some of the history of the relations between the white and Indian communities in Maine. Through the voices of persons telling their stories, it looks at some of the underlying reasons for the racism so deeply embedded in white American culture and how that racism continues to shape Native American reality. From sales of the video and with the aid of a National Church grant, "INVISIBLE” has been converted to a DVD format. “INVISIBLE” received an extensive and positive review in “Indian Country Today”, the most widely nationally circulated Indian newspaper. The committee continues to explore dialogue and possible future projects with the tribes. With a new grant from the National Church this Committee is aiding the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission to convert a film made several years ago “Wabanaki: A New Dawn” into a DVD format that will be included in an educational packet for Maine Schools.  



Bibliography of Books (Contibuted by Nick Smith and with additions by Butch Philips)
General Convention 2009 Legislation, To read the disavowal of the Doctrine of Discovery, click on the links for Current or Original,  C059.
Wabanaki confederacy, Homepage of the Wabanaki with links to other Indian sites from across the continent. Very comprehensive site with a wealth of information!
Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, The site says of the commission, “The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission is an inter-governmental entity created by the Maine Implementing Act of 1980. Four members are appointed by the State, two by the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, two by the Pasamaquoddy Tribe, and two by the Penobscot Indian Nation. The eleventh, who is the chairperson, is selected by the ten appointees. Nine members constitute a quorum. With a small budget, the Commission operates on a part-time basis.”  Site includes links to Maine Tribal sites, education resources, legal resources and tribal and non-tribal government resources as well as other information.
ABBE Museum, This page includes a Wabanaki history and timeline with links to the Museum Home page, directions to the museum’s two locations, exhibit info, calendar of events, information about the collections, and much more!
Indian Country Today, link to publication.
Wulustuk Times, Aborginal name for St. John's River and publication produced monthly at Tobique, NB, Canada.
Indian Country Today on Twitter, Select Indian Country in order to follow it on Twitter; a social networking site on the internet.  Participation on this site will require that the user register first.
H.P. 255 - L.D. 291: An Act to Require Teaching of Maine Native American History and Culture in Maine's Schools, The text of the law governing instruction of American history, Maine studies and Maine Native American history in Maine Administrative Units.
Wabanaki Studies, Link to lessons, activities, materials and resources developed for teachers to integrate study of the Wabanakis of Maine - the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Micmac and Maliseet - into existing or new curricula.
Wabanaki Legal News, Site provides links to community resources, the Jay Treaty, a News archive, the Pine Tree Legal Assistance site, Quinnehtukqut Legal News and Indian Legal Services around the country; phone numbers to the offices of the Pine Tree Legal Assistance services by community. 


Articles are shared between Committee members on a regular basis. They will be posted here when requested.


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