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|Maine Senate||District 6|
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in Washington County, is one of two homes of the Passamaquoddy tribe. The other is Indian Township.
The Treaty of 1794 between the Tribe and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts conveyed the Passamaquoddy Indian Reservations in Washington County to the Tribe. Ratified in 1795, and recorded in the Land Records of Washington County, it conveyed lands in what is now Washington County. They include Indian Township, Pleasant Point, Pine Island, Nemcass Point, Lire’s Island and fifteen islands in the Schoodic (St. Croix) River.
The Pleasant Point Reservation, within the town of Perry, is know to its members as “Sipayik.”
Land has always been the Native people’s most valuable possession, providing the base for their existence, religion and society. The remaining land that Native people own continues to help maintain a sense of identity in an alien world. Today, since the Indian Lands Claim Settlement, the Passamaquoddy Tribe owns more than 200,000 acres of land in the State of Maine, in which they monitor and maintain.
The Governor is the administrator for all financial determinations, and the Lieutenant Governor is the assistant to the Governor. A six member Council makes policy for the tribe.
A Tribal Representative to the Maine House of Representatives is elected every four years, candidates alternating between Indian Township and Pleasant Point Reservations, though both reservations vote in the election. Tribal Representatives may introduce legislation and speak in debates in the House, but may not participate in the voting on legislation.
History of Indian Township. Georgia Pacific. 19–?
Maine. Department of Indian Affairs. Passamaquoddy Tribal Census: Pleasant Point, Perry: 1970-72, 1976-1979; Peter Dana Point, Princeton: 1970; Indian Township: 1975. Augusta, Me. Maine Department of Indian Affairs. 1970-1979. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]
Maine. Forestry Department. Forestry Department Indian records, 1929-1933. [Maine State Archives]
Passamaquoddy Tribe. Peskotomuhkati Motahkomikuk. Indian Township, Maine. http://www.passamaquoddy.com/ (accessed December 28, 2011)
Pleasant Point – Sipayik. http://www.wabanaki.com/ (accessed December 28, 2011)