Wabanaki/Catholic connections

ELLSWORTH — The Peace and Social Justice Commission of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is hosting a program addressing the Wabanaki/Catholic connection on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

The presentation is the second in a series about Wabanaki history and issues. The Wabanaki are the indigenous people of Maine, consisting of four federally recognized tribes or nations, including the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet.

The event will take place at the church’s parish hall, 231 Main Street in Ellsworth, following the 4:30 p.m. Mass.

After a potluck supper, former Chief James Sappier will present a program that explores the shared connections between Wabanaki people and other Catholics. The title of the talk is “The Tribes and Us…or…You and I.”

Many Wabanaki people are Catholics and the connection between Wabanaki people and other Catholics is an important relationship, event organizers said.

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.

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 and received his Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Joseph’s College in 1988.

Contact Marie Zwicker at 460-8920 or [email protected]

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