MINORITIES: As Maine Goes... ?

When an old Passamaquoddy Indian woman in Maine 20 years ago asked her tribal governor to look at some ancient, fragile documents she had in a cardboard box under her bed, she had no idea that they might be important. Yet one of the items in her cache was the 1794 treaty that her ancestors had struck with Massachusetts; in it, they ceded virtually all their land to the state. The find set off what has since become one of the largest Indian land claims in modern U.S. history. The 3,500 Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Indians in what is now...

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