The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to formalize the various informal sets of practices that the Penobscot Nation and the University of Maine have been collaboratively developing for the management of Penobscot cultural heritage over the last ten years. This agreement indicates a commitment to extend and elaborate upon these for the mutual benefit of the Penobscot Nation and the University of Maine (Orono).
The Penobscot Nation recognizes that the University of Maine is a land-grant university whose mission encompasses efforts to reach out and deliver quality education and research and improve the quality of life of all citizens of the State of Maine. The University of Maine recognizes that the Penobscot Nation is a distinct, sovereign, legal and political entity with its own powers of self-governance and self-determination, and recognizes its place on Marsh Island in Penobscot Nation traditional territory. The purpose of this MOU is to clarify Penobscot Nation and University of Maine (Orono) expectations with regards to the following discrete areas:
- University and Penobscot Nation Institutional Research Boards.
- Care and management of Penobscot collections and cultural heritage items held at the Hudson Museum.
- Care and management of Penobscot collections and cultural heritage items held at the Fogler Library (Special Collections).
- Publication of Penobscot Nation cultural heritage material through the University of Maine Press.
- Cataloguing and care of Penobscot collections in the Anthropology Department.
University of Maine, "Memorandum of Understanding Between the Penobscot Nation and the University of Maine System, University of Maine (Orono)" (2018). General University of Maine Publications. 973.
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