Native American people make up about 3 percent of the incarcerated population in Maine, though they account for only about half a percent of the state’s total population, according to data from the Maine Department of Corrections and the U.S. Census Bureau. That is why the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Maine-Wabanaki REACH organization plan to engage members of Maine’s tribes who are incarcerated and people who work in Maine’s prisons in their work in the coming months.
[Researchers] explained that it is difficult to find a native person who has not experienced some sort of trauma. That trauma is passed down through generations from parents to their children and affects many aspects of people’s lives.
Educating the native population about the impacts of trauma and their history through this grant will help “bring people to the realization that it’s not because native people have a predisposition to alcohol or drug abuse,” she said. “It’s because we’ve been dealing with trauma for [hundreds] of years — since contact.”
Bloody John Oliver, makin’ me think about stuff and to the point where I want to research it. LAME.