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Maine Attorney General Under Fire Over Elvers

Gale Courey Toensing

The letter was signed by Bissonette Lewey, commission Executive Director John Dieffenbacher-Krall and two former MITSC chairs—Paul Bisulca, chair from 2005 until 2010, and Cushman Anthony, chair from 1998–2004.

In a prepared statement, Bisulca pointed to a need for the state to move toward a more neighborly, solution-oriented approach and away from unilateral, legalistic interpretations.

“During the 1980 Maine Land Claims Settlement hearings in Washington, DC, Maine’s Attorney General Richard Cohen testified that during negotiations with the Indians there existed ‘a far greater mutual respect and understanding than has ever existed in the past in Maine,’” Bisulca recalled.  “We need to move back toward that.”


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