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🔒

Friends Journal Member? Sign in here!

Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get:

  • A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email
  • Full, instant access to the world’s largest online library of Quaker information: every Friends Journal ever published, going back to 1955
  • Membership in a community that believes in the power of Quaker experience

Click here to join us!

Already a member? Welcome back. Please use the Login box to sign in. If you would like to order by phone or have any questions, we’re here to help. Call toll‐free: (800)471‑6863 or contact us by email.

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], or contact the author at [email protected]

Posted in: Features

, , , ,

Comments are closed.
Sign up for Friends Journal's weekly e-newsletter. Quaker stories, inspiration, and news emailed every Monday.
Web comments may be used in the Forum column of the print magazine and may be edited for length and clarity.