Self-determination through tribal self-government has led to remarkable economic growth across many Tribal nations situated in Indian Country. However, unique to Maine, the federal Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 (MICSA) empowers the state government to block the applicability of federal Indian policy in Maine. As a result, the development of the Wabanaki Nations’ economies and governmental capacities have been stunted – impacting economic and social progress for both native and non-native citizens alike.
Join us as Professor Joe Kalt, co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, discusses the results of the Project’s recent study and shares why there is "nowhere to go but up" for Wabanaki Nations.
This conversation is offered in partnership with the Wabanaki Alliance and co-sponsored by the following organizations:
- Committee on Indian Relations of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
- Democracy Maine
- Growsmart Maine
- Indivisible Bangor
- Maine Association of Nonprofits
- Maine Center for Economic Policy
- Maine Climate Action Now
- Maine Conservation Alliance
- Maine Public Health Association
- Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network
- Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group
- The Wilson Center for Spiritual Exploration and Multifaith Dialogue
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