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Supporting Tribal Community Development Loan Funds

One of the moral dilemmas facing many Friends and others in our relations with Native American tribes is how we reconcile our qualms about supporting Native gaming with our desire to provide general and economic support. I want to report on one successful effort at addressing this dilemma in the State of Maine. In 2003 the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy tribes proposed a major gambling casino in southern Maine. But due to restrictions in a 1984 Land Claims Settlement between the tribes and the State of Maine, the Maine tribes were excluded from the Tribal Gaming Act that allows many🔒

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Tom Ewell is a member of Portland (Oreg.) Meeting. He was Executive Director of the Maine Council of Churches from 1986–2006. He now lives in Clinton, Washington, where he works at what he calls “strategic peace building.” For more information about the Four Directions Development Corporation, you may contact Susan Hammond, Executive Director, 20 Godfrey Dr., Orono, ME 04477 or [email protected]​fourdirectionsmaine.​org, or contact the author at [email protected]​whidbey.​com.


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