The Tribal Primary Election will be held Tuesday, August 11, 2020. At this time, both in-person and absentee voting is available for this election. For in-person, voting will take place on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at the Nicholas H. Sapiel Building.
• Polls are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. • PPE will be worn by every election worker • Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies are available and will be utilized • Voters will take the pen used while voting • Social distancing will be monitored with only 2 voters allowed in the polling place at one time • Voters are required to wear face masks, they will be made available for anyone who does not have one • Gloves will be made available for voters if they wish to use them Voters may cast an absentee ballot instead of voting in person. To minimize interaction with others during this public health pandemic (COVID-19), some voters may prefer voting by absentee ballot. While absentee voting is usually done in the Tribal Clerk’s office, since the tribal offices are closed you can set up an appointment to come to the Nicholas Sapiel Building and we will bring your ballot to you in your vehicle. You can also request to have it mailed to you by sending your request by mail or fax to 827-1136 but please be aware a notary statement must accompany your ballot. If you have any questions please feel free to call 817-7351.
The SBA Office of Native American Affairs’ (ONAA) technical assistance provider, Sister Sky Inc. (SSI), will begin hosting their Summer and Fall Empowerment Workshops starting at the end of August through December 2020. The Empowerment Workshops are a business training program about entrepreneurship and small business management for Native entrepreneurs and business owners. Participants can choose which class option best fits their schedule, either a full two-day workshop or shorter class days spread out over four weeks. Both options are offered free of charge, in a virtual webinar format, and participants are eligible to earn continuing education credits through Salish Kootenai College. Anyone interested in attending these valuable Empowerment Workshops is encouraged to learn more and register at: https://nativeSBA.sisterskyinc.com/.
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
NOTICE FROM USET Leadership:
“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: