Darling Marine Center Land Acknowledgement

The Darling Marine Center recognizes that it is located in South Bristol along the Damariscotta River in the homeland of the Wabanaki Tribal Nations, where issues of water and territorial rights, and encroachment upon sacred sites, are ongoing.  The historic Walinakiak Abenaki Tribe and other tribal peoples of the Pemaquid Peninsula area are connected to the modern, consolidated Abenaki Tribal Nation in Quebec and other Wabanaki Tribal Nations—the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet, and Micmac—through kinship, alliances, and diplomacy.  The Darling Marine Center recognizes that the Wabanaki Tribal Nations are distinct, sovereign, legal and political entities with their own powers of self-governance and self-determination.