The Maine Indian Land claim: A Question of Ownership
Date of Award
Public Policy and Management
Maine, Passamaquoddy Indian Tribes, Penobscot Indian Tribes, Land Claims
In 1980, the state of Maine and the Penobscot & Passamaquoddy Indian Tribes agreed to settlement of a suit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Tribes against the state. The claim was based upon the argument that treaties made with the Tribes by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1794 (which included all of present day Maine) were void because they were not recognized by the federal government as required by the Non - Intercourse Act of 1790.
Davis, Sallie; Klenk, David; and Mead, Larry, "The Maine Indian Land claim: A Question of Ownership" (1992). Muskie School Capstones. 15.