This series includes audio and video recordings, as well as related transcripts, of all unrestricted statements by individuals that are part of the TRC archives. Statement providers include Wabanaki elders, children once in foster care and their family members, foster and adoptive parents, tribal leaders, service providers, incarcerated people, attorneys and judges, caseworkers, and administrators from the tribes and from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Some statement providers requested anonymity, and in those cases, both the transcripts and recordings have been altered to protect participants' identities.

These personal memories provide a window into the realities of the relationship between Wabanaki people and the state of Maine. As evidenced by the recordings themselves, the process of providing statements was often an emotional one for participants. Readers should be aware that many of the statements contain challenging and disturbing content. The statements are made available online with the hope that broader access to these important historical records will further our understanding of this difficult past and lead to improved child welfare practices for Wabanaki families.

Bowdoin does not hold copyright for these materials. They are made available for research and educational purposes, and with the permission of the TRC and individual statement providers. For all uses outside of "fair use" (as defined by Title 17, United States Code), including derivation, publication, and reproduction, researchers must secure permission from the copyright holders, typically the individual statement providers.

For More Information

If you have questions or concerns about your statement, or if you need research assistance, please contact the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives at scaref@bowdoin.edu or calling 207.725.3288

Visit the website of Maine-Wabanaki REACH to stay up to date on the work to implement the Commission’s recommendations. If you participated in the TRC and need support, or if you wish to contribute to the archive by providing a statement, please contact Maine-Wabanaki REACH at 207.615.3189

Please also read Maine-Wabanaki REACH's statement of support issued upon the release of the archives.

A related series of Statements collected at Focus Group meetings is also available.

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Statement by Donna (Dawn Neptune) Adams on March 17, 2014, Donna Adams

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Statement by Denise Altvater on November 20, 2013, Denise Altvater

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Rachel George on October 14, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Joan Uraneck on March 27, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Joan Uraneck on November 3, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Rachel George on December 17, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Rachel George on July 17, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Rachel George on June 27, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Frank Smith on March 27, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Charlotte Bacon on September 9, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Marcie Lister on October 14, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Marilyn Bronzi on August 27, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Meredith Eaton on August 5, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Marcie Lister on August 6, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Rachel George on September 11, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Margot Millikan on February 10, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Rachel George on May 7, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Margot Milliken on July 22, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Rachel George on August 6, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Heather Westleigh on October 15, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Charlotte Bacon on December 5, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Marcie Lister on October 16, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Joan Uraneck on November 3, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Meredith Eaton on November 3, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous on November 20, 2013, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Margot Milliken on November 20, 2013, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Charlotte Bacon on January 20, 2015, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Rachel George on December 15, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Rachel George on December 10, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Frank Smith on March 28, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous collected by Marilyn Bronzi on November 18, 2014, Anonymous

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Statement by Anonymous and Anonymous collected by Rachel George on February 4, 2015, Anonymous and Anonymous

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Statement by Esther Attean collected by Rachel George on November 3, 2014, Esther Attean

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Statement by Lucille Atwell collected by Rachel george on June 25, 2014, Lucille Atwell

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Statement by Michael Augustine collected by Rachel George on November 17, 2014, Michael Auguustine

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Statement by Stephanie Bailey collected by Rachel George on March 5, 2014, Stephanie Bailey

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Statement by Mary Lou Barnes collected by Libbet Cone on November 21, 2013, Mary Lou Barnes

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Statement by Lisa Bullard collected by Rachel George on July 10, 2014, Lisa Bullard

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Statement by Susan Burgess collected by Rachel George on June 26, 2014, Susan Burgess

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Statement by Penthea Burns collected by Rachel George on November 18, 2014, Penthea Burns

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Statement by Brian Chapla collected by Rachel George on October 14, 2014, Brian Chapla

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Statement by Shirley J. Cogswell collected by Charlotte Bacon on April 10, 2014, Shirley J. Cogswell

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Statement by Peter Crovo collected by Marcie Lister on October 14, 2014, Peter Crovo

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Statement by Gail D'Agostino collected by Meredith Eaton on July 10, 2014, Gail D'Agostino

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Statement by Sarah DeWitt collected by Rachel George on October 16, 2014, Sarah DeWitt

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Statement by Madelaine Dominguez Miller collected by Charlotte Bacon on February 10, 2014, Madelaine Dominguez Miller

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Statement by Greg Dorr collected by Meredith Eaton on November 3, 2014, Greg Dorr

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Statement by Wendy Newell Dyer collected by Rachel George on January 12, 2015, Wendy Newell Dyer

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Statement by Debi Francis, Esther Mitchell, Sandra Smith and Carolyn Bluhm collected by Rachel George on February 12, 2014, Debi Francis, Esther Mitchell, Sandra Smith, and Carolyn Bluhm

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Statement by Kirk Francis collected by Charlotte Bacon on November 4, 2014, Kirk Francis

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Statement by Joshua Gagnon collected by Rachel George on May 1, 2014, Joshua Gagnon

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Statement by Jessie Briggs Gunther collected by Rachel George on July 10, 2014, Jessie Briggs Gunther

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Statement by Dale Hamilton collected by Charlotte Bacon on June 26, 2014, Dale Hamilton

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Statement by Harmon Harvey collected by Heather Westleigh on July 17, 2014, Harmon Harvey

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Statement by John Hawkes collected by Rachel George on December 15, 2014, John Hawkes

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Statement by Rebecca Irving collected by Rachel George on September 11, 2014, Rebecca Irving

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Statement by Bobbi Johnson collected by Meredith Eaton on June 27, 2014, Bobbi Johnson

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Statement by Betty Joseph collected by Rachel George on April 23, 2015, Betty Joseph

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Statement by Dena Joseph collected by Rachel George on October 16, 2014, Dena Joseph

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Statement by Luke Joseph collected by Rachel George on August 6, 2014, Luke Joseph

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Statement by Melinda (Mindy) Kane collected by Rachel George on September 11, 2014, Melinda Kane

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Statement by Barbara Kates collected by Rachel George on October 15, 2014, Barbara Kates

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Statement by Blue LaBeet-LaBillois collected by Rachel George on October 30, 2014, Blue LaBeet-LaBillois

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Statement by Sarah LeClaire collected by Heather Westleigh on October 15, 2014, Sarah LeClaire

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Statement by Cheryl Lola and Mary Jenkins collected by Rachel George on April 24, 2015, Cheryl Lola and Mary Jenkins

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Statement by Therese Cahill Low collected by Rachel George on November 4, 2014, Therese Cahill Low

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Statement by Bruce Mallonee collected by Rachel George on November 21, 2014, Bruce Mallonee

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Statement by Virginia (Ginny) Marriner collected by Heather Westleigh on July 18, 2014, Virginia Marriner

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Statement by Sarah Mary (Anne) McCarron collected by Rachel George on May 1, 2014, Sarah Mary McCarron

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Statement by Sandra McDonald collected by Marcie Lister on August 6, 2014, Sandra McDonald

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Statement by Randi McKechnie collected by Joan Uraneck on December 15, 2014, Randi McKechnie

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Statement by Andrew Mead collected by Rachel George on August 21, 2014, Andrew Mead

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Statement by Eric Mehnert and Rhonda Decontie collected by Rachel George on December 5, 2014, Eric Mehnert and Rhonda Decontie

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Statement by Elizabeth Mitchell collected by Marcie Lister on December 18, 2014, Elizabeth Mitchell

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Statement by Lisa Montgomery collected by Rachel George on May 2, 2014, Lisa Montgomery

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Statement by Alivia Moore collected by Heather Westleigh on November 4, 2014, Alivia Moore

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Statement by Frederick Moore collected by Charlotte Bacon on December 15, 2014, Frederick Moore

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Statement by Travis Murphy collected by Rachel George on March 19, 2015, Travis Murphy

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Statement by Elizabeth Neptune collected by Rachel George on February 6, 2015, Elizabeth Neptune

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Statement by Molly Newell and Mary Lou Barnes collected by Margo Milliken on November 22, 2013, Molly Newell and Mary Lou Barnes

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Statement by Arla Patch collected by Rachel George on November 19, 2014, Arla Patch

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Statement by Edward Peter Paul collected by Rachel George on October 16, 2014, Edward Peter Paul

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Statement by Melody Paul collected by Rachel George on December 13, 2013, Melody Paul

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Statement by Mikhu Paul collected by Rachel George on December 18, 2014, Mikhu Paul

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Statement by Tania Morey Paul collected by Rachel George on October 30, 2014, Tania Morey Paul

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Statement by Michael Petit collected by Rachel George on November 29, 2014, Michael Petit

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Statement by Regina Petit collected by Charlotte Bacon on April 9, 2014, Regina Petit

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Statement by Sandra Pictou collected by Marcie Lister on October 16, 2014, Sandra Pictou

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Statement by Freda Plumley collected by Rachel George on July 18, 2014, Freda Plumley

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Statement by Bert Polchies collected by Rachel George and Joan Uraneck on March 28, 2014, Bert Polchies

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Statement by Robert Polchies collected by Rachel George on May 30, 2014, Robert Polchies

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Statement by Margaret Ann (Peggy) Pottle collected by Joan Uraneck on July 22, 2014, Margaret Ann Pottle

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Statement by Martha Proulx collected by Rachel George on September 17, 2014, Martha Proulx

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Statement by Fred Putnam collected by Marilyn Bronzi on November 18, 2014, Fred Putnam

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Statement by Delia Saintcross collected by Marcie Lister on November 19, 2014, Delia Saintcross

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Statement by Cindy Sargent collected by Marcie Lister on November 18, 2014, Cindy Sargent

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Statement by Margaret Semple collected by Rachel George on January 16, 2015, Margaret Semple

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Statement by Jane Sheehan collected by Marcie Lister on December 18, 2014, Jane Sheehan

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Statement by Ron Siviski collected by Erika Bjorum on November 6, 2015, Ron Siviski

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Statement by Allen Sockabasin collected by Rachel George on January 20, 2015, Allen Sockabasin