- Sep 3, 2003
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- Gorham NH
Baxter's terms complicate tribes' wish for role in Katahdin oversight
Feb. 23—The Penobscots have been coming to Katahdin to hunt, gather and pray for thousands of years, but they do not have a formal role in the management of Baxter State Park, the 210,000 acres of public trust land over which their sacred mountain looms. "As Penobscot, we care about the...
As discussed, the Deeds of Trust developed by Baxter were set forth and accepted multiple times over the course of decades by subsequent legislatures as a condition of accepting BSP. There is definitely a concern that once an exception to the Deeds is made, it opens them up to future exceptions. To date, as far as I am aware, the only changes in park rules have been interpretations of unclear aspects and to deal with new techology. The other exception is allowing service animals in the park which is federal mandate.
Here is copy of the Deeds that I could locate https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=https://legislature.maine.gov/statutes/12/title12ch211.docx&wdOrigin=BROWSELINK
The park does close Katahdin Stream Campground Labor Day weekend to general public to allow the local tribe to exclusive access.