Committee on Indian Relations

Mr. John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Chair email

Resolution Adopted by the 201st Convention of the Diocese of Maine:
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. This year our diocesan Racial Justice Council of the Diocese of Maine is pleased to offer a Diocesan-wide worship service for October 11th, in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 
In collaboration with the Committee on Indian Relations, the Justice Commission of the Diocese of Maine, we will provide a pre-recorded worship service (and service bulletin) for use by parishes in the diocese. Parishes are invited to make use of the materials/video as works best for you, whether that is sharing the service as a whole, just the sermon, using the worship materials, etc. 
Highlights of the service include: 
·       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 service is available on the diocesan YouTube
Download the worship bulletin here.
Wabanaki Alliance Maine Legislative Scorecard:
Documents for Diocesan Council Presentation:

Press Release March 2, 2017Dieffenbacher-Krall to lead Committee on Indian Relations

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

Diocesan Committee on Indian Relations members, with the rector, the Rev. Kevin Kinsey, and members of the Aroostook Cluster, at St. Paul's Church in Fort Fairfield. (above photo courtesy of Elizabeth Parsons)

At the meeting, the DVD "Invisible" was shown followed by much heartfelt and deeply concerned discussion around the topic of racism and also about creating interactions and involvement with Wabanaki (People of the Dawn) people, especially neighboring members of the Passamaquoddy tribe.

Contacts and informational sharing will continue with hopes of further involving and supporting these and other congregations in hopes of promoting connections and friendships in support of efforts being made to uncover and correct inequities to the Human Rights of First Nation people, both in the past and present here in the land we share and call Maine. We were honored to have MicMac Elder and Spiritual leader, Richard Silliboy attend and help us in our sharing information and in awareness of some issues pertinent to the subject. 

Directions to Indian Island

Take I-95 and get off at Ext 197.   Bear right out of the exit.  That will put you on Route 43/Gilman Falls Avenue.  You will cross Pushaw Stream, pass a concrete business on your left (Owen Folsom), and the Old Town Airport.  In approximately 3 miles, you will see the bridge to Indian Island.  Turn left on to the bridge.  At the stop sign, turn right headed toward the Tribal Office buildings.  You will pass the school on your right and the Fire dept/police on the left.  You will see the Sockalexis Center on your right.  Turn left.....we meet in the building directly across the road from the Sockalexis Center, the Nick Sapiel Bldg.  The front dome shape room is where we meet.

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.

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

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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