Previous News and Information

May 5, 2016 - Beth Murphy, Huffington Post
Answering a Mother's Prayer this Mother's Day

April 13, 2016 - Walter Wuthmann, The Forecaster
'Cultural genocide': Wabanaki commission's findings preserved in Brunswick

April 13, 2016 - Yessenia Funes, YES! Magazine
Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission

March 29, 2016  - Rebecca Goldfine, Bowdoin College
Opening of the Archives: Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Jan. 27, 2016 - Genevieve Beck-Roe, American Friends Service Committee Acting in Faith blog
The Maine Wabanaki-State TRC: Healing from historic trauma to create a better future

Dec. 4, 2015 - Cultural Survival Quarter Issue 39-4, Tradition Informing Our Futures (December 2015)
Truth and Reconciliation: The Findings on Wabanaki Child Welfare in the State of Maine

Oct. 12, 2015 - Suzette Brewer, Indian Country Today Media Network
Truth and Reconciliation: The Findings on Wabanaki Child Welfare in the State of Maine

Oct. 12, 2015 - Phillip Martin, WGBH News
New Film Documents Maine's Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission

July 7, 2015 - Virginia M. Wright, Down East Magazine, July 2015 edition
Shattered ' Wabanaki People ' Child Welfare System

June 29, 2015 - Mark Kelley, Special to the Bangor Daily News (Opinion)
Maine owes Wabanaki people sovereignty, respect. It's long overdue

June 26, 2015 - Edward French, The Quoddy Tides
TRC report asserts cultural genocide practiced in Maine

June 25, 2015 - Lorie Graham and Kathryn E. Fort, The Hill - Congress Blog - Civil Rights
If truth be told

June 25, 2015 - Gale Courey Toensing, Indian Country Today Media Network
Forced Removal of Native American Children From Parents Exposed in 13 Minutes

June 19, 2015 - Tim Fontaine, CBC News
Maine's Truth and Reconciliation Commission finds 'evidence of cultural genocide'

June 18, 2015 - Joseph Hall, Special to the Bangor Daily News (Opinion)
My Father's Day request for LePage: Support for Wabanaki families

June 18, 2015 - Special to The Ellsworth American
Wabanaki Truth Commission issues final report

June 17, 2015 - Keith Shortall, MPBN Maine Calling, with interviews with Charlotte Bacon, Esther Attean, and Matt Dunlap.
Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission

June 14, 2015 - Kaitlyn Chana, WLBZ2 and WCHS6
Closing ceremony for Maine Native Americans

June 14, 2015 - Brenna Kelly, WABI TV5
Commission's Results Bring Positive Change in Child Welfare

June 14, 2015 - Nick Sambides, Jr., Bangor Daily News
Native Americans' report reveals history of 'cultural genocide' in Maine

June 14, 2015 - gkisedtanamoogk and Carol Wishcamper, Opinion, Portland Press Herald
Maine Voices: Study gauges harm to Native children - A report to be released Sunday concludes that a form of 'cultural genocide' took place in Maine

June 2, 2015 - Charles Eichacker, Ellsworth American
Ellsworth group soon to release 'truth and reconciliation' report about Maine and its tribes

May 19, 2015 - Producer/Host Donna Loring, WERU 89.9 FM Community Radio
"Findings of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission" with Commissioner Carol Wishcamper and Maine-Wabanaki REACH's Maria Girouard

May 1, 2015 - Marcelle Hopkins, Al Jazeera America
'Without our children, what are we'' Maine cited for removing Native kids

May 1, 2015 - Dawn Gagnon, Bangor Daily News
Group calls on LePage to reinstate tribal executive order

May 1, 2015 - Katharine Bavoso, WLBZ2, Bangor and WCHS6, Portland
Maine Native Americans share stories of children taken away

May 1, 2015 - Patrick Thomas, ABC 7/FOX 22, Bangor
Wabanaki REACH Leaders want child welfare reform

April 30, 2015 - Terry Stackhouse, WABI TV5, Bangor
Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Reconciliation Commission Shares Investigation Findings

April 30, 2015 - Community section
Truth, reconciliation group to host 5 forums

April 29, 2015 - Susan Sharon, MPBN News
Panel to Share Findings on Removal of Native Children from Homes

April 28, 2015 - The Pulse AM 620 Morning Show with Don Cookson
REACH Community Organizer Barbara Kates and REACH ally Shawn Yardley discuss the TRC and Bangor forum, "The Mandate and Beyond"

April 23, 2015 - Kathryn Olmstead, Special to the Bangor Daily News
Aroostook County residents work to ally with Wabanaki people

Jan. 29, 2015 - Amy Browne, Host/Producer, WERU FM 89.9 (audio)
Segment 2 at 22:37: Keynote speech from the annual MLK Day Breakfast at UMaine featuring Maine-Wabanaki REACH's Esther Attean and Denise Altvater on "Truth, Healing and Change: Maine-Wabanaki Reconciliation."

Jan. 26, 2015 - Dr. Anne Hallward, Safe Space Radio (audio)
Wabanaki History in Maine with Esther Attean and Maria Girouard

Jan. 23, 2015 - Margy Dowzer, Special to the Portland Press Herald
Maine Voices: King's words point to need to address harms to Native Americans

Jan. 19, 2015 - Bryan Shawver, FOX Bangor/ABC 7 News TV (video)
Wabanaki Reconciliation Topic of MLK Jr. Breakfast

Jan. 19, 2015 - Nick McCrea, Bangor Daily News
Maine tribes remember Martin Luther King Jr. as an advocate for all oppressed voices

Dec. 16, 2014 - Hannah Dunphy, International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)
Shadows in Dawnland

Nov. 27, 2014 - Isaiah Miller of Bangor, Opinion Letter, Bangor Daily News
First Thanksgiving

Nov. 24, 2014 - Chris Hayden, Seacoastonline.com
Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission and Maine-Wabanaki REACH

Nov. 21, 2014 - Danielle Waugh, WCHS6 (Video)
Advocates discuss Maine links to genocide

Nov. 20, 2014 - Kathryn Olmstead, Bangor Daily News
All eyes on Maine as group seeks to make amends for injustices to Indian children

Nov. 17, 2014 - MPBN, "Maine Calling" with Keith Shorthall (Audio: 51:05)
Interview with Maine-Wabanaki REACH's Esther Attean, TRC Executive Director Charlotte Bacon and Commissioner Matt Dunlap, and Tom Andrews of United to End Genocide

Nov. 16, 2014 - Deborah McDermott, Seacoast Online
Generational Trauma: Healing for Maine's Native Americans

Oct. 13, 2014 - WZON The Pulse
Interview with TRC Commissioner Matt Dunlap on Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct. 1, 2014 - Dave Sargent, Special to the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal
Wabanaki-state child welfare panel says truth sought for tribal members

June 26, 2014 - Nell Gluckman, Bangor Daily News
Maine outreach groups to educate, learn stories of incarcerated Native Americans

June 17, 2014 - Community Radio WERU-FM 89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor
Maria Girouard joins Wabanaki Windows host Donna Loring to talk about Tribal-State history, attempts toward healing and her role with REACH

June 11, 2014 - Nell Gluckman, Bangor Daily News
Truth and Reconciliation Commission broadens effort to expose decades of Wabanaki children being put in state care

June 9, 2014 - Nell Gluckman, Bangor Daily News
Panelists talk with Maine tribes about trauma of foster care, separation from families

March 20, 2014 - Ellen W. Todd, Sanford News
REACH coalition's Arla Patch addressing historical society tonight

March 3, 2014 - International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)
Maine's Indigenous Truth Commission Marks First Year

Feb. 10, 2014 - Jenni Parmalee, Member Story, Knox Village Soup
Join in Days of Reflection, Prayer and Meditation for truth and reconciliation, Feb. 10, 18 and 19

Jan. 20, 2014 - Matthew Daigle, Sun Journal
Maine artist speaks to Gould students on MLK and other renowned 'truth-tellers'

Jan. 13, 2014 - Arla Patch and Robert Shetterly, Indian Country Today Media Network
Truth and Reconciliation Commission Tells A Story of Forgiveness

Jan. 3, 2014 - Arla Patch, Special to the Bangor Daily News
Fostering forgiveness: After Indian 'takings,' both victims and perpetrators need healing

Dec. 22, 2013 - Arla Patch and Robert Shetterly, Columns & Analysis, Sun Journal
A story of forgiveness, a moment of grace

Dec. 4, 2013 - Mario Moretto, Bangor Daily News
Portrait artist Robert Shetterly adds Wabanaki activists to famed 'Americans Who Tell The Truth' series

Dec. 4, 2013 - Morning Sentinel (Waterville)
Paintings of Passamaquoddy women to be unveiled in Maine

Dec. 3, 2013 - Gale Courey Toensing, Indian Country Today Media Network
Molly Ockett Days Festival Beginning to Truly Honor Native Namesake includes how REACH's Arla Patch helped transform the annual event in Bethel. Article also has photos and a video of the event.

Nov. 27, 2013 - The Times Record
Bowdoin forum eyes Wabanaki treatment (limited view, subscription-based website)

Nov. 27, 2013 - The Castine Patriot
Shetterly to speak, display portrait in Castine

Nov. 20, 2013 - Kathleen Shannon, WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2 News
Kathleen Shannon speaks with TRC Commissioners gkisedtanamoogk and Carol Wishcamper, as well as Debbie Yarmal, who is testifying for the TRC, as Truth and Reconciliation Commission begins hearings on Indian child welfare at Sipayik (Pleasant Point)

Nov. 20, 2013 - WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2 News
Photos from the Opening Ceremony for the Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Nov. 15, 2013 - Kathleen Shannon, WCSH 6 207
Kathleen Shannon interviews REACH Co-Director Esther Attean and TRC Commissioner Carol Wishcamper about the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Nov. 10, 2013 - Tim Cox, Bangor Daily News
Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation commissioners set first visit to tribe, includes an interview with REACH Co-Director Esther Attean

Oct. 28, 2013 - Sandy White Hawk, Indian Country Today Media Network
Baby Veronica & Our Stolen Children: 'Someday, They'll Come Back,'
by TRC Commissioner Sandy White Hawk

Sept. 28, 2013 - Edward French, The Quoddy Tides
Truth, reconciliation commission makes first visit at Sipayik, includes quotes from REACH's Esther Attean, Denise Altvater and several Commissioners

Sept. 2, 2013 - Walter R. Echo-Hawk, Special to the Bangor Daily News
A chance for Maine to lead on indigenous human rights

July 30, 2013 - Gale Courey Toensing, Indian Country Today Media Network
Healing 'Already Happening' in Wabanaki Truth & Reconciliation Process, includes an interview with REACH Co-Director Esther Attean

Feb. 12, 2013 - Joy Hollowell, WABI TV5 (Video)
Truth and Reconciliation ' Part Two, features REACH Co-Director Esther Attean discussing the history that led up to the creation of the TRC

Feb. 11, 2013 - Joy Hollowell, WABI TV5 (Video)
Truth and Reconciliation ' Part One, filmed at Wabanaki Health and Wellness and includes an interview with youth volunteer Tyneshia W.

Dec. 6, 2012 - Tim Fontaine, APTN National News (Video)
U.S. tribe looks to TRC for healing

Nov. 20, 2012 - Anna Bressanin, BBC World News (Video)
Native Americans recall era of forced adoptions, features interviews with REACH's Denise Altvater

Nov. 16, 2012 - Kathleeen Shannon, WCHS 6 Portland (Video)
Taken: Part 3 ' Maine addresses native child welfare issues, provides an in-depth interview with REACH's Denise Altvater and her experiences with child welfare

Nov. 15, 2012 - Kathleeen Shannon, WCHS 6 Portland (Video)
Taken: Part 2 ' Maine addresses native child welfare issues, includes interviews with Martha Proulx and Theresa Dube of Maine OCFS and Penobscot Chief Kirk Francis

Nov. 14, 2012 - Kathleeen Shannon, WCHS 6 Portland (Video)
Taken: Part 1 ' Maine addresses native child welfare issues,
provides an in-depth interview with REACH\'s Denise Altvater about her experiences with child welfare

Sept. 6, 2012 - Paul Frost, Special to the Bangor Daily News
To heal we must learn: a mandate for Wabanaki child welfare, an editorial by "Portagers" member Paul Frost

Aug. 20, 2012 - Producer/Host Donna Loring, WERU 89.9 FM Community Radio (Audio)
Wabanaki Windows: Update of TRC project and International implications, includes interviews with REACH Co-Director Esther Attean and University of St. Andrews ' Scotland Research Assistant Bennett Collins