March 23, 2019
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Former Penobscot Nation Chief James Sappier to talk about connections between Wabanaki and Catholic community

Community Author: Marie Louise Morandi Long Zwicker
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ELLSWORTH — St. Joseph’s Peace and Social Justice Commission is hosting an evening on the Wabanaki/Catholic connection at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, St. Joseph parish hall, 231 Main St., after the 4:30 p.m. Mass. Former chief of the Penobscot Nation James Sappier will present a talk on “The Tribes and Us…or…You and I.”
This presentation is the second in a series of presentations on Wabanaki history and issues. The Wabanaki are the Indigenous People of Maine, consisting of four federally recognized Tribes/Nations, including the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet.

After a potluck supper, Sappier will talk about how many Wabanaki people are Catholics and the connection between Wabanaki people and other Catholics whose ancestors came to Maine from Europe is an important relationship to share. Chief Sappier, as both a Penobscot man and a Catholic man, will share his thoughts and discuss the connections we share through similar beliefs and other shared issues which serve to bring us together as people.

James Sappier is a past Chief, Governor, Lt. Governor, Chief Executive Officer, Administrator and Tribal Council member of the Penobscot Nation, as well as serving in other valuable capacities to the Penobscot Nation. He has served as the Co-Chair of the National Congress of American Indians on the Committee of Natural Resources,Trust, Lands, Energy, Environment, Agriculture and Land Use. He was a United States Delegate to the State Department, Organization of American States, regarding the Declaration on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. He was a Coordinator and Facilitator of the 2008 Wabanaki Conference Council of Chiefs. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honors. He received his Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Joseph’s College in 1988.
For information, contact Marie Zwicker, 460-8920.