Colonization and Its Effects on Indigenous People

6 p.m. Sunday, May 19 Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine 96 Harlow St, Bangor

Carol Dana and June Sapiel, both members of the Penobscot Nation and residents of Indian Island, will speak on the wide-ranging effects of centuries of colonization –suicide rates, incarceration levels, life expectancy, loss of language and culture – in short, the toll on the mental, physical and emotional health of indigenous people.

Carol is the mother of six. She works at the Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation Department as a language specialist, having learned the Penobscot language from June’s grandmother, Madas Sapiel, as well as many other teachers. Now, in a turn of the circle, Carol is passing the language on to June.

June is the mother of three. She was greatly influenced by her grandmother, Madas, who participated in the American Indian Movement. She is a member of the Bear Clan and has been to Standing Rock four times between August 2016 and March 2017. 

There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.