Wabanaki Nations' State Of The Tribes Address

All five chiefs from the Wabanaki Nations address Maine Legislature for first time in two decades

Leaders of the Wabanaki Nation addressed the full Maine Legislature Thursday during an event filled with symbolism and appeals for collaboration to change a decades-old agreement that the chiefs said is hurting their communities -- and the state as a whole. Wabanaki chiefs only delivered a "State of the Tribes" address to both chambers of the Legislature on one other occasion 21 years ago. in 2002.This event was even more momentous because it was the first time all four tribes – the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and the Mi’kmaq Nation – have addressed a joint session of the Legislature.