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MPBN: Indian child welfare commission pick won't resign post

Maine Public Broadcasting Network reports on yet another tribal dispute in Maine:
When Gov. LePage and the leaders of Maine's five Indian tribes signed the agreement creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission last June, they set into motion a two-year process to uncover past abuses of Maine's child welfare system.

For decades, until as late as the 1990's, Indian children were systematically removed from their communities and sent to white boarding schools or foster homes. For some, the separation was permanent. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was praised as a first-in-the-nation effort to heal relations between the state and the tribes.

But now, the governor believes it's inappropriate for Secretary of State Matt Dunlap (right) to serve on the five-member commission and says he'll withdraw his support unless Dunlap steps down. Dunlap says he has no plans to resign.

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