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Hello Everyone-

Spring is upon us and that means the ticks are out.  It’s looking like this season is going to be a bad tick year (conditions must be right for them).  I wanted to send out this pamphlet with some information on ticks and Lyme disease.  This info will help you protect yourself while you are spending time outside. 

-Avoid tick-infested areas.  Walk in center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter at trail edges.

-Use insect repellent.  Spray repellent containing a 20% concentration of DEET on your clothes (especially pants, socks, and shoes).

-Perform daily tick checks.  Always check for ticks after being outdoors, even in your own yard.

As someone who spends a lot of time in the woods I feel that doing those daily tick checks is most important.  Ticks need to be attached to your skin for at least 24 hours before they transmit any bacteria so you have time to remove them.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Stay safe and enjoy the outdoors,

Ben Simpson

Tribal Wildlife Biologist

Information Pamphlet



The Penobscot Nation Health Dept. will be holding a mass drive-thru vaccine clinic on Saturday, May 22 from 10 am - 2 pm. Moderna vaccine will be available to any member of a federally recognized tribe or non-native members of a native household 18 years or older. No appointment is necessary. A second clinic will be held Saturday, June 19 to administer second doses.

Please contact the Health Director, Candy Henderly, at (207) 817-7440 with any questions

Emergency Rental Assistance (updated 3/15/2021)

The Penobscot Nation has received Emergency Rental Assistance funds from the Department of Treasury to operate a 12  month rental assistance program for eligible households impacted by Covid-19.

 Announcement UPDATED 5/5/21

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ERA Cover Letter

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ERA Program Eligibility Criteria

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ERA Income Guidelines

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ERA Regulation

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ERA Application

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ERA Fillable Application

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COVID-19 UPDATE (updated 3/17/21)

Due to a substantial recent increase in COVID-19 vaccines for the Penobscot Community, the Health Department is announcing OPEN ADULT VACCINATION for any 18 and older member of a Federally recognized AI/AN tribe OR a non-native member of an eligible native household.

Postcards will be mailed next week to notify off-line community members.

If you have questions or to schedule, please call (207) 817-7400.

Take care and stay safe!

Candy Henderly


Penobscot Nation Health Department

23 Wabanaki Way

Indian Island, ME 04468

Office: (207) 817-7440

Cell: (207) 659-1106

Fax: (207) 817-7459

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To support transparency and informed decision-making regarding vaccination, the Penobscot Nation Health Dept. will be releasing information about the new COVID-19 vaccines as it is received. Please feel free to reach out to the Health Department at (207) 817-7400 with any questions or concerns about COVID-19 vaccination or the posted information.


PFIZER Fact Sheet PFIZER Pharmacy Update PFIZER Safety Information

MODERNA EUA Administration MODERNA EUA Recipients MODERNA EUA Storage

We are also asking community members to complete the following survey regarding COVID-19 vaccination to help inform the process and estimate community needs:





Health and Safety Checkpoint Protocol 

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Penobscot Nation Penobscot Nation COVID 19 

Reopening Plan Tribal Council 


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The Penobscot Tribal Administration has been made aware of several cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the state of Maine.

At this time, we have determined that this outbreak presents a clear hazard to the health and well-being of our people.

We, the Penobscot Nation Chief and Tribal Council, the duly elected representatives of our sovereign nation, do hereby declare a Public Health Emergency in our community.

With this proclamation, we activate all previously established emergency management and infectious disease containment plans. All of the resources at our disposal will be made available to minimize the impact of this threat and to restore the operations of our government to normal function as quickly as possible.

We direct our employees, representatives, and volunteers to exercise the utmost diligence in execution of their duties. We call upon all Tribal Citizens to comply with any necessary emergency measures and to cooperate with Public Health Officials in order to safeguard the health of our people.

Our thoughts and well wishes are with all the sick and we hope for their quick recovery. During this difficult time, we must pull together and strive for the safety and well-being of all.


Kirk E. Francis, Chief (and on behalf of the Tribal Council)

Penobscot Indian Nation



In response to COVID-19, both USET and USET SPF are working diligently to do all we can in support of members, our org partners, and Indian country overall. Additionally, we are taking the necessary USET/USET SPF internal org specific steps and actions. As you have likely seen already, the majority of our information and communication is being centralized via this site: