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Itchin’ for a Fight – Elver dispute between Maine DNR, Passamaquoddy flares up again

Tensions between state and local Passamaquoddy officials over elver fishing increased late Wednesday when the Department of Marine Resources announced it was taking emergency action to restrict what kind of gear tribal sustenance fishermen can use. “That’s all this is about — trying to keep Indians from catching eels,” Moore said. “It is taking tribal state relations backwards. It’s clearly racially motivated.” “I hardly look at this as a racial issue,” Keliher said. Read the rest here  08:44

District attorney says he may dismiss charges against Passamaquoddy elver fishermen

There are more than 30 criminal cases pending statewide against members of the tribe, which has been involved in a dispute with the Maine Department of Marine Resources over how many elver licenses it should issue to its members. All of the Passamaquoddys charged had been issued licenses this spring by the tribe. The department later declared the licenses invalid. [email protected]