John Neptune



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This petition from John Neptune and the other Chiefs of the Penobscot Tribe requests that the Maine Legislature pass a law to prevent the destruction of fish in the Penobscot River. After decades of settlers building fish weirs and dams, fish could no longer ascend the river to spawn. The fisheries could no longer sustain the tribe’s livelihood. They proposed a law that would prohibit additional weirs and limit fishing to two days per week to allow fish stocks to recover. The Maine Legislature did not adopt the Penobscot’s proposal to restore this valuable ecosystem.

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Petition of Chief John Neptune of the Penobscot Tribe



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