Group calls for changes to settlement between Maine, tribes

TRIBAL CLAIMS SETTLEMENT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Proposed changes to a decades-old settlement between Maine and American Indian tribal groups could give the tribes more authority in long-debated subjects such as gambling and fishing rights. A task force handed its recommendations to the Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, which began considering them on Tuesday.  The Portland Press Herald reports the recommendations include a call to affirm the tribes’ rights to regulate hunting, fishing and land use. Another recommendation is to enable tribes to operate casinos under a compact negotiated between tribal leaders, the federal government and the state.