Two members of the Maine House of Representatives called it quits Tuesday. Representatives from the Penobscot Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribes walked out of the House Chambers. It’s over sovereignty and land issues. They say they’ve been mistreated by the state and Governor LePage for too long. “The message is that we are not going to play these games anymore. We’ve been living under a very oppressive regime particularly the past few years, and our history here at the State House has proven that it does not serve us well at all, ” said Penobscot Nation Community Organizer, Maria Jirouard.
In a statement, Speaker Mark Eves is urging the pair to reclaim their seats in the House. He and other Democratic leaders say they’re committed to working with the tribes to make sure their voices are heard.