I have great respect for Maine’s Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet and Micmac tribes. I have enjoyed meeting the leaders I have already and look forward to meeting the rest. I believe each tribe has a rich, unique history in Maine, and I respect that the tribes “possess a nationhood status and retain inherent powers of self-government,” as U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall put it in 1830.

As governor, I will ensure the tribes are a part of my administration, have a regular seat at the table and regular interaction with both me and my senior leadership team, and that their voices are heard and respected on the issues.

Maine’s Native citizens face many of the same challenges the rest of Maine does, but even more acutely in many cases. As a state with very little racial diversity today, my administration would hold as one of its principal goals that life for Maine’s Native citizens gets measurably better during my time in office.