November 01, 2016

Water, Tribal Claims, and Maine’s Not-So-Settled Settlement Acts

Matthew D. Manahan and Catherine R. Connors

In most regions of the United States, control over natural resources vis-à-vis American Indian (hereinafter Indian) tribes is addressed at the federal level. Maine, however, is not like other states. The history of federal-state-tribal control over Maine waters tells a unique and at times tortured tale still being written in the courts. The moral of the story so far is that, with sufficient financing and fading memories, even the clearest settlement language will be challenged, over and over and over again.

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