BANGOR — A legislative representative of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians in Maine is seeking recognition of another band of Maliseets in the Moosehead Lake region.

Tribal Rep. David Slagger is seeking to secure state and federal recognition for the Kineo Band, also known as the Moosehead Lake Indians.

Slagger, who lives in Kenduskeag, tells the Bangor Daily News that the area is “rich in Indian history.” But he’s not likely to get big support from other tribes. Several representatives of federally recognized tribes expressed concerns that federal resources could be spread thin.

Moosehead’s Mount Kineo is well documented as a place where American Indians traveled for thousands of years for flint. Kineo is a Maliseet word for flint.


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