Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $230,000 In Funding For Maine Native American Tribes

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs has awarded the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point Reservation and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs grant funding totaling $237,396 as part of the Landscape Conservation Program.
      “Efforts by Maine’s Native American communities to address climate change are crucial to helping preserve our State’s natural beauty and way of life,” said Senators Collins and King. “This funding will help support projects aimed at helping Maine’s tribes plan, train, and participate in technical workshops and forums as they address the unique challenges associated with climate change and emergency management.”
      The grant awarded to the Passamaquoddy Tribe, totaling $214,267, will fund coordinated efforts between the tribe and regional partners to incorporate Tribal environmental knowledge and beliefs into the process of climate action planning by sharing information among the five Wabanaki Tribes and climate experts.
      The funding awarded to the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, totaling $23,129, will provide travel support for tribal leaders and staff to attend training(s) or workshop(s) or to participate in cooperative efforts to manage the effects of climate change.