Penobscot Nation files notice of appeal in river ownership dispute

A still image from the documentary The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory

The Penobscot Nation is taking a dispute over the ownership of its namesake river to a higher court.

Last December, Judge George Singal determined that the reservation includes the islands that lie within the Penobscot River. But he said the tribe does not own the water itself due to provisions in the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act and a companion state law.

The tribe is now hoping the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals will overturn that decision. A notice was filed on Monday, The Bangor Daily News reported.

A 60-mile portion of the river runs through the reservation. The Department of Justice has sided with the tribe in the case.

Turtle Talk has posted documents from the case, Penobscot Nation v. Schneider.

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