Native Mainers plan to reflect, educate on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Maulian Dana, the Penobscot Nation’s tribal ambassador, speaks to a group gathered in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Maine State Historical Society in Portland on Oct. 14, 2019. Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer

Native Mainers this weekend shared their plans to mark the second annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, an event they saw as an opportunity to reflect on history and help educate their neighbors about the legacy of colonization.

Maulian Dana, the Penobscot Nation’s ambassador to the wider world, sees the holiday as a way to honor and remember Maine’s original inhabitants – and also as a time to teach.

Dana plans to reflect on how the survival of her own people allowed her to preserve her identity as a Penobscot woman. To pass that knowledge on, she and other historians, activists, and organizations will hold educational events through the week meant to introduce Mainers to the state’s

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