- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled against an American Indian tribe in a lawsuit over the rights to a river that bears the tribe’s name.

The Penobscot Indian Nation sued Maine in federal court with a claim that the Penobscot River is part of its reservation. The tribe lost in U.S. District Court in Maine and was dealt another setback Friday in the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.

The judge writing for the majority wrote the Penobscot reservation includes specified islands in the main stem of the river and not the river itself. One judge dissented.

Attorney General Janet Mills says she’s “gratified” by the court’s ruling and wants to work with the tribe going forward. Representatives for the tribe did not immediately return calls seeking comment.


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