Maine: Indigenous People’s Day now an Official State holiday – Jacqui Voltaire / Maria Girouard

This was just shared with me and I would ask you to share, including Maria’s words. Those of us who have been working on IPD and the Penobscot River issue know that JM is no friend of the Penobscot people and we must make sure when we talk about this wonderful news that we stress that it may have been JM’s pen, but it was no her heart and soul that was bought many years ago by the corporates!

And the best news of the day… JM [Governor Janet Mills] signed onto Indigenous People’s Day, making it a statewide holiday.  Thanks to all those who worked so hard to make this happen at the municipal level to get the ball rolling and beyond.  JM gets all the credit for a swipe of the pen but we know how much work and heart went into this from indigenous leaders and their supporters, etc. ;).  I’m also pasting Maria Girouard’s post below too for those who don’t use FB.  I appreciated it!

Love,

jacqui


NOT SO FAST ~ I’m not even sorry that I cannot join the glee and celebratory backslapping that I’m seeing around the change from a white man’s holiday to an indigenous holiday.  To see “leaders” standing with the woman who is in the forefront of perpetuating trauma and genocide against the Penobscot people sickens my stomach.  I’m very pleased to see my Chief NOT standing amongst them. 

In a Machiavellian plot twist the perpetrator of Penobscot territorial theft is now a hero (?) for tossing us a bone.  Holding in my heart our ancestral River and the struggles of countless ancestors before me who fought and died for their rights to their ancestral river, I’m not letting her off the hook.

Nothing short of dropping the state’s position in our 6 year long legal battle, Penobscot Nation v. Janet Mills will change my opinion of that woman.  The same woman who is championing the destruction of thousands of acres of Maine land to make way for the CMP corridor to benefit Massachusetts energy needs.  The same woman who sat before judiciary committee in 2015 and said that the Penobscot Nation did not have the right to protect their women from violence under the VAWA Re-authorization Act because of the Maine Indian Land Claims – the State’s handy pocket tool for keeping the Tribes oppressed and under their thumb.  And another time before the judiciary stated that “there are NO treaties”.  In my eyes she is a disgrace no matter what the second Monday in October is called.

Yay! Now we no longer celebrate a genocidal maniac. That is the right thing to do for sure. Now will the State stop acting like a genocidal maniac and drop their stance that the ancient Penobscot Nation contains no portion of our ancestral river. This remains to be seen. N’telnapemnawak.

Maine/Penobscot Nation: 38 Year Old Woman found dead during Indian Island meth bust; 28-year-old Megan Patten arrested.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency was called to a home on Indian Island after methamphetamine paraphernalia was found while police were responding to the dead woman on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Police say there was no evidence of foul play and they are not releasing details of the death at this time.

The MDEA Agents collected samples of the meth-making materials and sent them to the Dept. of Environmental Protection.

The investigation into the meth making operation and the circumstances surrounding the death remain under investigation by Penobscot Nation Police and MDEA.

Bucksport Meth bust

 

On Sunday, Dec. 6, Bucksport Police responded to a disturbance on Central Street and found items they believe had been used to make meth.

MDEA was called and samples were taken.

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Drug Agents and Bucksport Police arrested 28-year-old Megan Patten, charging her with unlawful operation of a meth lab. She remains at the Hancock County Jail. MDEA Agents, Bucksport and State Police previously seized a meth-making operation at this home in November.

These are the first two responses in 2019 for MDEA’s specialized hazmat / evidence recovery team. In 2018 the team was used 52 times; compared with 58 in 2017, 126 in 2016 and 56 in 2015.

The most common method of making methamphetamine in Maine remains the “one pot” method, where most of the chemical reaction takes place in a plastic bottle. This process involves a heavy metal reacting violently with water and the plastic bottles can easily rupture, causing flames to shoot out. This is a highly dangerous and toxic process and specially trained MDEA Agents are required to don fire retardant chemical suits, breathing tanks and masks to process the evidence.

Author: Beth McEvoy, Newscenter Maine

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[Image: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill]