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Janet Mills lobbies Congress to slow down Jared Golden’s tribal-rights measure

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Gov. Janet Mills is working around fellow Democrats in Maine’s congressional delegation to slow a tribal sovereignty effort led by Rep. Jared Golden, arguing the policy should be negotiated between the state and tribes before moving forward.

Last week, the governor’s lawyer sent a letter to two top members of the House Appropriations Committee asking them to delay Golden’s measure, which would allow Maine tribes to automatically benefit from future laws affecting Native Americans nationwide. The tribes are now shut out from these laws unless explicitly mentioned under the terms of a 1980s settlement.

The measure is advancing through Congress after passing through the House Natural Resources Committee in mid-June and getting included in a draft version of the interior committee’s budget bill by U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat from Maine’s 1st District.

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