NATIVE AMERICANS, THE 14TH AMENDMENT,
AND VOTING IN THE STATE OF MAINE
WITH DAREN RANCO
ROCKPORT OPERA HOUSE
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH,
This program is part of the Speaking of Maine series sponsored by
the Maine Humanities Council and is hosted by the Rockport Public
Library. This event will be held at the Rockport Opera House.
This presentation will explore the lack of impact of the 14th amendment to the United States constitution on Native American voting rights in the State of Maine and situate that into the historical context of Native American rights and the experience of voting by other racial minorities in the United States. As with other groups, full enfranchisement of Native Americans in Maine did not occur until the 1960s. The reasons for this are part of a complicated history of Native Americans in Maine, where tribal representatives to the State legislature were there for observation and not for voting. The presentation will also explore current attempts by the State of Maine to, ironically, use the equal protection clause in the 14th amendment to limit treaty and other reserved rights.
Darren J. Ranco, a member of the Penobscot Nation, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine. He has a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and a PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. He teaches classes on indigenous intellectual property rights, research ethics, environmental justice and tribal governance.