Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 16, 2001 - Issue 38



School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


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Bill would require Indian studies in Maine schools

Leaders of Maine Indian tribes came to the State House to thank legislators Thursday for passing a bill that will require elementary and high schools to teach Native American history.

The Senate enacted the bill Thursday and sent it to Gov. Angus King. Donna Loring, who represents the Penobscot Nation in the Legislature, said King has supported the bill all along and is expected to sign it.

The bill includes an Indian studies component in Maine studies, which are already a required part of the school curriculum. Students would be taught about tribal governments, Indian culture and history.

The bill ''can go a long way to clarify some of the issues that have caused so much tension'' between Indians and non-Indians, Chief Brenda Commander of the Houlton Band of Maliseets said.

Chief Richard Doyle of the Passamaquoddy Tribe said Thursday was ''a historic day for the tribes.''




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