Allies of the Wabanaki

Who are the Wabanaki?

Wabanaki means "People of the Dawnland” and is the collective name for the four tribes of American Indian peoples in Maine: the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Micmac, and Maliseet.

You can learn more about the tribes by linking to their websites:

Giving Winds was a capital campaign sponsored by the Maine Council of Churches to support the Four Directions Development Corporation. FDDC is a nonprofit community development corporation founded to improve the economic and social conditions of Native Americans in Maine. FDDC makes housing and small business loans to qualified Native American borrowers. Wabanaki people are not eligible for many conventional bank loans because tribal land cannot leave tribal control, so cannot be used to secure the loan.

Members of our church were part of the early organizing for Giving Winds among UUs in Maine. We participated in site visits to Indian Island (Penobscot Reservation) in summer of 2005, Pleasant Point and Indian Township (Passamaquoddy Reservations) in November 2005, and again to Indian Island in September 2006. Our church raised a total of $2194.83 in direct donations to FDDC, and secured a $12000 five-year loan at 0% interest, through loans from individual church members, which were coordinated through our church. Loan funds were partially matched by the UUA, and then all funds were matched by the Federal Government, so that our efforts resulted in about $48000 toward the work of FDDC.

During this campaign, we sponsored a forum at A2U2 on November 18, 2005, with talks by Susan Hammond, Director of FDDC, and Donna Loring, Penobscot Representative to the State Legislature. FDDC founding board member Craig Sanborn, Director of the Penobscot Housing Authority, was a visiting speaker at our Sunday worship on November 20, 2005. .

You can find out more about the Four Directions Development Corporation at http://www.fourdirectionsmaine.org