Penobscot Nation

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Tribal News



 Updated 1/20/2021


Special Election

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 for the School Committee and Land Committee. In-person, voting will take place 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



Health Department Lab Closure 1/18/21 - 1/22/21

The PNHD laboratory will not provide routine lab services from Monday, 1/18/21 – Friday, 1/22/21 Urine Drug Screens will still be provided for MAT Recovery patients

STAT labs will be sent off-site for collection

Routine labs will be scheduled after 1/22/21

Questions? Please call (207) 817-7400.




The vaccination of essential workers is nearly complete, and community vaccinations will commence on Monday, January 11, 2021. The first community members to be vaccinated will be: elders 65 and older. Notification letters were released last week to those eligible to schedule at this time.

Patients scheduled for a COVID vaccine should enter through the Behavioral Health door, located on the left exterior side of the building.

The Penobscot Nation Health Department will be administering approximately 500 vaccinations to the community over the next 3 weeks. Because of the size and speed of this effort, disruptions to normal patient care, including rescheduling, are likely to occur. We deeply appreciate your patience as we engage in this effort.

The Health Department will also be hosting another community COVID testing drive-thru from 9 am - 3 pm on Friday, January 22, 2021. Please stop by!

Vaccine Sub-Priority Levels

Penobscot Vaccine Distribution Plan

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:



Emergency Economic Support Payments


Applications and Guidelines for for Penobscot Citizens affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic will be mailed to all Penobscot Citizens on Friday, November 20, 2020.

Copies will also be available at Penobscot Nation Public Safety.


Applications can be submitted by:

Penobscot Nation
Department of Finance
12 Wabanaki Way
Indian Island, ME  04468

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Please submit applications as a PDF or Word document.
Picture files (.jpg, .png files etc.) will NOT be accepted.

Dept. of Finance Fax
(207) 817-7309

A brown drop box located at the entrance to the Finance Office At the Sockalexis Arena


Full details on the application process are included on the application itself; each Tribal Citizen will receive an application with instructions in the postal mail as well.

All applications need to be received by the Finance Department no later than January 15th, 2021 and will cover the time period of October 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. All applications will be processed and paid in February 2021.




Health and Safety Checkpoint Protocol

Document Link


Penobscot Nation Penobscot Nation COVID 19 

Reopening Plan Tribal Council 


Document Link


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: