"Indian Nations had always been considered as distinct, independent political communities, retaining their original natural rights, as the undisputed possessors of the soil ... The very term 'nation,' so generally applied to them, means 'a people distinct from others.'" - John Marshall, 1832 Worcester v. Georgia, 31 U.S. (6 Pet.) 515, 561
Discover more about your ancestry, learn about resources available to you and connect with other Maliseet Indians in the Littleton, ME area in one place - the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians (HBMI) website. You can also follow us on Facebook to keep up with tribal news and events.
Our native tribe is comprised of about 1,700 members and is led by a tribal chief. The HBMI government has been recognized by the United States since 1980, allowing us to provide a wide range of services to tribal members.
Call 207-532-4273 now for a full list of services.
In the early 1970s, some Maliseets and members of other tribes not living on recognized reservations banded together to form the Association of Aroostook Indians. After the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians earned federal recognition, members of the Maliseet tribe could access various federal and state programs.
Tribal members can take advantage of health care services through Indian Health Services (IHS), as well as housing services through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Our native tribe is authorized to govern its own affairs.
Before contact with Europeans, Maliseet Indians occupied much of what is now considered the eastern border between the U.S. and Canada in northern New England. Following the Jay Treaty in 1794, the Maliseets obtained free border crossing rights between the two countries.
Points of interest within Maliseet Tribal Lands include the…
- Meduxnekeag River, where our hunter-gatherer ancestors lived and fished for brook and brown trout.
- Tribal administration office in Littleton, ME, which houses the Vocational Rehabilitation, Natural Resources, Economic Development, Tribal Planning and Education departments, as well as the Boys and Girls Club.
- Health and wellness center in Houlton, ME, which provides a wide range of health care services to tribal members of all ages.
Contact us today to learn more about our tribal practices, traditions and history.