It was a sad day because “we have to be in the first place,” LePage said.
On June 29, the government of Maine joined chiefs from the state’s five tribes to sign an agreement creating the Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The commission will examine the child welfare practices that acted to forcibly assimilate Indian children and seek to address the lasting impact of the practice on Maineâ€™s communities.
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