Title

Head of State.

Source

Down East

Date

8-1-2013

Pages

40-47.

Abstract

"Newsmaker" piece profiles Penobscot tribal leader, Kirk Francis. As chief of the Penobscot Nation, Francis has focused on economic growth, cutting unemployment on Indian Island in half over the past six years, for instance. This approach pitted him against supporters of former chief Barry Dana, an advocate for cultural preservation. Although Penobscot culture has historically not emphasized material gain, Francis believes a focus on economics is critical for the nation to survive in the 21st century, although this can be a challenge, especially when it comes to interactions with the federal and state government.

Subjects

Francis, Kirk, Penobscot Nation

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