Welcome to Native American Programs at the University of Maine!  Here, you can access information about Native American Studies, the Wabanaki Center, the Native American Tuition Waiver and Scholarship Program, and information about University of Maine programs that promote, support and provide educational opportunities for and about Wabanaki peoples across the State of Maine and beyond!

Nolan Altvater: Honorable Mention for the Udall Scholarship in Native American policy
June 18, 2020


Unpacking the Maine-Wabanaki Studies Law (LD 291)
Past, Present and Future

Video Recording – November 18, 2019

Dr. Rebecca Sockbeson, UMaine Visiting Libra Professor, University of Alberta
• Donna Loring, Senior Advisor on Tribal Affairs to Governor Mills and Author of LD 291
• James Francis, Director, Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation Department
• Dr. John Maddaus, Professor of Education (Retired) • John Bear Mitchell, Educator and Wabanaki Center Outreach and Student Development Coordinator
• Dr. Darren Ranco, Chair of Native American Programs
• Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation Ambassador





Penobscot signs at UMaine point out ‘book house,’ ‘place where you play a variety of games’

July 25, 2019


Bilingual signage — English and Penobscot — now at UMaine

July 17, 2019


One of our students.  Congratulations Brady!
Panthers prospect Keeper ‘role model’ to aboriginal youths.



Historic Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Penobscot Nation


Full text of document can be found here.


Media related to the MOU



University of Maine Land Acknowledgement

The University of Maine recognizes that it is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation, where issues of water and territorial rights, and encroachment upon sacred sites, are ongoing.  Penobscot homeland is connected to the other Wabanaki Tribal Nations—the Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Micmac—through kinship, alliances, and diplomacy.  The University also recognizes that the Penobscot Nation and the other Wabanaki Tribal Nations are distinct, sovereign, legal and political entities with their own powers of self-governance and self-determination.