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1999 Maine Attorney General Reports and Opinions 1 (1999)

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ANDREW KETr1RER                                                                    REIONAL OmCuS:
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TEL: (20?) 941-3070
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Telephone: (207) 6269800                  STATE OF MAINE                           44 OAK STREET. 4T FLOOR
FAX:(207)287-3145              DEPARTMENT OF THE ATToRNEY GENERAL                   PORTLAND. MAINE 04101-3014
TDD: [207) 626-8865                     6 STATE HOUSE STATION                       TEL: (207) 822-0260
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AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0006                       TDD: (877) 428-8800
November 16, 1999
The Honorable Chellie Pingree
Maine State Senate
P.O. Box 243
North Haven, Maine 04853
The Honorable Richard H. Thompson
Maine House of Representatives
Route 11
P.O. Box 711
Naples, Maine 04055
Dear Senator Pingree and Representative Thompson:
This will respond to your letter dated August 30, 1999 in which you have sought the
opinion of this Office on several questions pertaining to the work of the Committee to Address
the Recognition of the Tribal Government Representatives of Maine's Sovereign Nations in the
Legislature, which was created and authorized by a Joint Order of the 119m Maine Legislature.
As articulated in the Joint Order, the Committee is to conduct a study addressing the issue of the
recognition of Maine's Tribal Government Representatives in the Maine Legislature. The
questions raised in your August 30, 1999 letter all relate to what privileges may be granted to the
Tribal Government Representatives of the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe in the
Maine Legislature.
By way of background, we would note that there are only two substantive statutory
provisions dealing with the Tribal Government Representatives of the Penobscot Nation and the
Passamaquoddy Tribe.' Title 3 M.R.S.A. § 1 provides that the tribal clerks of both the
Penobscot Indian Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe shall furnish to the clerk of the House of
Representatives a certification of the name and residence of the Representative-Elect of the
Indian Tribal Representative to the Legislature. Title 3 M.R.S.A. § 2 sets the amount of
Prior to the enactment of the Maine Indian Claimf Settlement Act, there were statutes relating to tribal
elections for the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe. 22 M.R.S.A. §§ 4792 and 4831(1980). These
provisions, however, were repealed by the law enacting the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act. P.L. 1979, c.
732, § 18.

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