Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission Swearing In
A historic day Tuesday for the state and Maine’s Wabanaki tribes. Members of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission were sworn in at a ceremony in Hermon. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a professor of social services at the University of Maine, and a child welfare consultant, help make up the commission. For the next two years, they’ll conduct interviews with those involved in the Native American Child Welfare System. The commission will spend two to three months with each of the five Wabanaki tribes in Maine, and talk to judges, lawyers, foster parents, and police. ” Clearly where we are right now is not working for anybody. So if we can lay the foundation where it can work, condition that we’re all willing to be a part of that. We’re all a part of the resolved, every one of us,” said gkisedtanamoogk , a commissioner.