Donna M. Loring papers, 1956-2008

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Volume: 13 linear feet

Organization/Arrangement: This collection is organized into seven series:
1. Correspondence
2. Legislative files
3. Wabanaki/Native affairs
4. Community/Professional activities
5. Writing and notes
6. Personal
7. Audio/Visual materials

The collection is arranged following the author's filing system, whenever possible.  Titles are taken from the author's files, unless otherwise indicated by notations in brackets. Folders are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically, with the exception of the Legislative files series, which is arranged chronologically. Duplicate campaign materials and blank notebooks were removed from the collection during processing.

Biographical Note: Donna M. Loring was born in 1948 to Julia Elizabeth Neptune and George Loring, Jr.  A member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, Donna Loring spent her childhood years on Indian Island, Maine, where she was raised by her grandmother.  Her mother died at the age of thirty-five, when Loring was ten years old.  Loring attended high school at Old Town High School and Glen Cove Christian Academy in Rockport, Maine.  In 1966, Loring joined the Women's Army Corps (WAC).  She attended basic training at Fort McClellan in Alabama, and served at Fort Gordon in Georgia and Fort McArthur in California. From November 1967-November 1968, Loring served as a Communications Specialist at Long Binh Army Base, north of Saigon.  She processed all of the casualty reports for Southeast Asia, and served during the TET Offensive.

After returning from Vietnam, Loring graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  She graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in 1978, and served as Police Chief for the Penobscot Nation from 1984-1990.  She was the first woman graduate of the Criminal Justice Academy to become a police chief in the state of Maine.  In 1992, Loring became the first woman director of security at Bowdoin College, a position she held until 1997.  Loring was a member of the Maine Chiefs of Police for eleven years.  On March 17, 1999, she was appointed aide de camp to then-governor Angus King, and was commissioned with the rank of colonel by the governor.  Loring served as an advisor to Governor King on women veterans' affairs.

Donna Loring served as the Penobscot Nation's Representative to the Maine State Legislature from 1998-2003, and again from 2007-2008.  Loring served as the Penobscot Nation's Coordinator of Tribal, State and International Relations through the 121st Legislature.  She also served as a member of the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.  During her legislative career, Loring authored and sponsored LD 291 "An Act to Require Teaching Maine Native American History and Culture in Maine's Schools," which was signed into law in 2001.  She also conceptualized and advocated for the first "State of the Tribes Address" in Maine history.  Tribal chiefs addressed a joint session of the legislature on March 11, 2002, for the first time in Maine Legislative history.

Loring also served as a select person for the Town of Richmond.  She attended the Flemming Fellows Leadership Institute and the Eleanor Roosevelt Global Leadership Institute.  She served on the board of the Maine Community Foundation for nine years.  She also served on the boards of Northeast Historic Film, Maine Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights, Coastal Enterprises Incorporated, the Chancellor's Diversity Task Force, and the Margaret Chase Smith Center.  In 2011, Donna M. Loring received the Deborah Mortion Award from the University of New England, which is awarded to women whose leadership in civic, cultural or social causes has been exceptional. Loring is currently a lecturer and consultant, and President and CEO of Seven Eagles Media Productions, a non-profit that she founded as an educational corporation to bring vision and voice to Native people.

Donna Loring's book In the Shadow of the Eagle: A Tribal Representative in Maine, which chronicles her legislative service, was published by Tilbury House in 2008.

Description: The Donna M. Loring papers offer an in-depth perspective into the work of Maine's tribal representatives, and to Donna Loring's experience and work in the legislature, specifically.  In addition to documenting her service in the legislature, the papers contain drafts of Loring's autobiographical work In the Shadow of the Eagle: A Tribal Representative in Maine (2008). There are materials related to the history of Maine's tribes, the Maine Indian Land Claims settlement, and Native arts and culture.  The collection contains evidence of Loring's overseas military service during the Vietnam War and her work with Vietnam Women Veterans.  There is correspondence, documentation of Loring's community and professional activities, private writings, photographs, films, CDs, and memorabilia. 

Though the papers are divided into seven series, many of the files are interconnected by the thread of Loring's service in the Maine Legislature.  Series 2, Legislative files, is the largest series in the collection, representing the broad scope of bills that the legislature reviews every year, as well as legislation that Representative Loring had a significant role in crafting.  Throughout the papers, there are materials related to LD 291: A Law to Teach About Maine's Native Americans (2001), which was one of the major achievements of Loring's legislative service.  There are documents in series 2 and 3 that illustrate the collaborations that were essential to make this piece of legislation successful, and some of the resulting curricula.  There is also material related to LD 2418: An Act Concerning Offensive Names (2000.  The reactions to this legislation are informative about the prejudices that exist about Native people in the state and around the nation.  One particularly notable piece is a videocassette that contains an interview with Donna Loring for 20/20 about LD 2418, which is housed in series 7, Audio-Visual materials.

This collection is a rich resource for researchers interested in the unique role of Maine's Tribal Representatives, the history and current state of affairs for the Wabanaki people of Maine, and state politics in Maine.

Access Restrictions: Some restricted folders in Series III. Otherwise, no restrictions.
Please cite as: Donna M. Loring Papers, Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland, Maine.
Container List:

I.  Correspondence (1998-2009, undated)

This series contains correspondence regarding legislative issues, items of concern to the Penobscot Indian Nation, Loring's work on the Women's Veteran Commission and her involvement in coordinating a Vietnam Women's Veteran reunion.  Correspondents include Joanne Murphy, who served as Loring's commanding officer during her tour in Vietnam; Kaighn Smith, Jr.,  for Drummond, Woodsum & MacMahon; Kirk Francis, Chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation; and Rosie Shiras, who served on the Native Study Planning Committee of the Maine Council Social Studies Annual Conference.  Included are invitations, emails, letters, faxes, and official correspondence.

For digital images from this collection, see the Donna M. Loring: A Penobscot Voice in Politics and Community exhibit. Correspondence may also be found in series 2-4, associated with particular legislative, tribal or community issues and activities.

001.  Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, 1998-1999
002.  Elizabeth Butler [on Atlantic Salmon], 2002
003.  Invitations, 1998-2009, undated
004.  Kaign Smith, Jr. for Drummond, Woodsum & MacMahon, 1999-2002
005.  Kirk Francis, 2008
006.-007.  Joanne Murphy, 1998-1999 (2)
008.  Legislative correspondence, 1999-2002
009.  Legislative correspondence, 2003-2008, undated
010.  Letter of support for Theresa Hoffman, 2003
011.  Marge Bruchac [on "squaw"], 1999
012.  Miscellaneous correspondence, 2002-2008, undated
013.  Piestewa resolution, 2003-2004, undated
014.  Rosie Shiras, 2006-2008
015.  Tribal council election letter, undated
016.  Vietnam delegation visit, 1998-1999
017.  Vietnam Women Veterans, 1998-1999
018.  Vietnam Women Veterans, 1999-2001

II. Legislative Files (1976-2008, undated)

Legislative files is the largest series in the Donna M. Loring papers, representing materials from all aspects of Loring's legislative service (1999-2008).  Many of the files containing information about introduced bills are from Loring's service on the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.  The bills cover a wide range of legislative territory, including HIV testing reporting (LD 57), sexual abuse disclosure (LD 88), covenant marriage (LD 231), Maine tribal courts (LD 426), child welfare services for Indian children (LD 523), Maine civil rights act (LD 703), gaming on reservations (LD 793), Passamaquoddy tribal water rights (LD 1255), cutting of trees (LD 1994), death with dignity act (LD 2348), and requesting records from internet service providers and mobile services (LD 2436). 

Included in this series are significant files about bills that Representative Loring wrote, introduced, or worked on during her legislative service: LD 2418: An Act Concerning Offensive Names (2000), LD 291: A Law to Teach About Maine's Native Americans (2001), LD 1392: An Act To Update the Dioxin Monitoring Program (2007), LD 1263: Resolve, To Continue the Tribal-State Work Group (2008), LD 2306: An Act To Amend the Definition of "Penobscot Indian Reservation" (2008).  There are also extensive files on various gaming bills and a casino task force on which Loring served. 

For digital images from this collection, see the Donna M. Loring: A Penobscot Voice in Politics and Community exhibit. Other material related to legislative issues directly impacting the Wabanaki tribes in Maine is housed in series three (Wabanaki/Native affairs).

001.  Letterhead, undated
002.  Tribal Representative job description, undated
003.  Casino gambling background material, 1976-2002
004.  Land claims settlement act, 1980, 2000, undated
005.  Casino bill, 1993, 1998
006.  Legislative bills ref.  Indians, 1995-1999
007.  Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980, 1995-1999, undated
008.  VIP lists, 1995-2002
009.  LR 41 Bingo and governmental function, 1997-2001
010.  Legislative certificates, 1997-2002
011.  Border issues [Harald Prins articles and Donna Loring testimony on Tribal Representatives' voting rights], 1997-2002
012.  119th legislature pre-legislative conference, 1998
013.  Non-member requests for help, 1998
014.  Representative job description, council packet, 1998
015.  Legislative newsletters, 1998
016.  Maine Implementing Act with respect to the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, 1998-1999
017.  Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, 1998-1999
018.  118th newsletter material, 1998-1999
019.  119th Legislature, 1998-1999
020.-021.  Joint standing committee on Judiciary correspondence and reports, 1998-1999 (2)
022.  News articles on Albany Township bill (gambling issue), 1998-2000
023.  Mascot offensive names info, 1998-2001
024.  PIN administrative, 1998-2005
025.  Tribal legislation, 1998-2008
026.  119th House papers, 1999
027.  Abortion legislation (LDs 137, 571, 917, 1593, 2123), 1999
028.  Committee orientation, 1999
029.  Errors bill, 119th legislature, 1999
030.  Joint order S.P.  767, 1999
031.  Joint order H.P.  1487, 1999
032.  LD 3, 1999
033.  LD 37, 1999
034.  LD 38, 1999
035.  LD 57, 1999
036.  LD 58, 1999
037.  LD 72, 1999
038.  LD 88, 1999
039.  LD 181, 1999
040.  LD 205, 1999
041.  LD 231, 1999
042.  LD 233, 1999
043.  LD 242, 1999
044.  LD 252, 044
045.  LD 289, 1999
046.  LD 303, 1999
047.  LD 381, 1999
048.  LD 385, 1999
049.  LD 405, 1999
050.  LD 413, 1999
051.  LD 426, 1999
052.  LD 432, 1999
053.  LD 437, 1999
054.  LD 441, 1999
055.  LD 488, 1999
056.  LD 496, 1999
057.  LD 523, 1999
058.  LD 568, 1999
059.  LD 596, 1999
060.  LD 605, 1999
061.  LD 658, 1999
062.  LD 697, 1999
063.  LD 699, 1999
064.  LD 703, 1999
065.  LD 706, 1999
066.  LD 722, 1999
067.  LD 724, 1999
068.  LD 748, 1999
069.  LD 788, 1999
070.  LD 793, 1999
071.  LD 794, 1999
072.  LD 822, 1999
073.  LD 860, 1999
074.  LD 874, 1999
075.  LD 889, 1999
076.  LD 908, 1999
077.  LD 914, 1999
078.  LD 925, 1999
079.  LD 942, 1999
080.  LD 947, 1999
081.  LD 1011, 1999
082.  LD 1027, 1999
083.  LD 1031, 1999
084.  LD 1058, 1999
085.  LD 1081, 1999
086.  LD 1087, 1999
087.  LD 1098, 1999
088.  LD 1101, 1999
089.  LD 1109, 1999
090.  LD 1110, 1999
091.  LD 1120, 1999
092.  LD 1121, 1999
093.  LD 1128, 1999
094.  LD 1129, 1999
095.  LD 1137, 1999
096.  LD 1142, 1999
097.  LD 1148, 1999
098.  LD 1155, 1999
099.  LD 1156, 1999
100.  LD 1213, 1999
101.  LD 1223, 1999
102.  LD 1230, 1999
103.  LD 1243, 1999
104.  LD 1255, 1999
105.  LD 1284, 1999
106.  LD 1285, 1999
107.  LD 1324, 1999
108.  LD 1325, 1999
109.  LD 1371, 1999
110.  LD 1375, 1999
111.  LD 1405, 1999
112.  LD 1411, 1999
113.  LD 1422, 1999
114.  LD 1427, 1999
115.  LD 1449, 1999
116.  LD 1460, 1999
117.  LD 1486, 1999
118.  LD 1487, 1999
119.  LD 1488, 1999
120.  LD 1514, 1999
121.  LD 1523, 1999
122.  LD 1538, 1999
123.  LD 1549, 1999
124.  LD 1577, 1999
125.  LD 1586, 1999
126.  LD 1591, 1999
127.  LD 1592 (1 of 2), 1999
128.  LD 1592 (2 of 2), 1999
129.  LD 1670, 1999
130.  LD 1673, 1999
131.  LD 1720, 1999
132.  LD 1744, 1999
133.  LD 1753, 1999
134.  LD 1783, 1999
135.  LD 1791, 1999
136.  LD 1792, 1999
137.  LD 1842, 1999
138.  LD 1850, 1999
139.  LD 1857, 1999
140.  LD 1860, 1999
141.  LD 1865, 1999
142.  LD 1914, 1999
143.  LD 1923, 1999
144.  LD 1949, 1999
145.  LD 1969, 1999
146.  LD 1972, 1999
147.  LD 1994, 1999
148.  LD 2022, 1999
149.  LD 2030, 1999
150.  LD 2117, 1999
151.  LD 2166, 1999
152.  LD 2173, 1999
153.  LD 2178, 1999
154.  Tribal reps votes, 1999
155.  Wabanaki Conference/Wabanaki Day at Legislature 119th, 1999
156.  Wabanaki legislative update (1 of 2), 1999
157.  Wabanaki legislative update (2 of 2), 1999
158.  LD 260, 1999-2000
159.  LD 2276, 1999-2000
160.  LD 2285, 1999-2000
161.  Wabanaki legislative newsletter, 1999-2000
162.  Sovereign Nations committee--119th (1 of 2), 1999
163.  Soverign Nations committee--119th (2 of 2), 1999
164.  Sovereign Nations study, 1999-2000
165.  Supreme Court cases--research, 1999-2000
166.  Maine Indian history and culture bill, 1999-2001
167.  Sovereign Nations joint rules amendment, 1999-2001
168.  Reimbursement requests, 1999-2003
169.  Wabanaki Legislative Update newsletter 1-7, 1999-2004
170.  Confirmation of Alan P. Brigham, 2000
171.  Confirmation of Andrew M. Mead, 2000
172.  Confirmation of Ellen A.  Gorman, 2000
173.  Confirmation of Evan Richert, 2000
174.  Confirmation of Hon. Courtland D. Perry, 2000
175.  Confirmation of Hon. Daniel E. Wathen, 2000
176.  Confirmation of Hon. Howard H. Dana, Jr., 2000
177.  Confirmation of Hon. Nancy D. Mills, 2000
178.  Confirmation of Hon. Rae Ann French, 2000
179.  Confirmation of James Varner, 2000
180.  Confirmation of John McElwee, 2000
181.  Confirmation of John V. Romei, 2000
182.  Confirmation of Linda E. Abromson, 2000
183.  Confirmation of Michael M. Hastings, 2000
184.  Confirmation of Patricia Worth, 2000
185.  Confirmation of Paul K. Vestal, Jr., 2000
186.  Confirmation of Paul L. Rudman, 2000
187.  Confirmation of Rick E. Lawrence, 2000
188.  Confirmation of Walter C. Kessler, 2000
189.  Flemming Fellows Leadership Institute application, 2000
190.  Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary correspondence and reports, 2000
191.  LD 347, 2000
192.  LD 470, 2000
193.  LD 687, 2000
194.  LD 1010, 2000
195.  LD 1251, 2000
196.  LD 1294, 2000
197.  LD 1303, 2000
198.  LD 1471, 2000
199.  LD 1557, 2000
200.  LD 1603, 2000
201.  LD 1717, 2000
202.  LD 1771, 2000
203.  LD 1795, 2000
204.  LD 1820, 2000
205.  LD 1941, 2000
206.  LD 1961, 2000
207.  LD 1971, 2000
208.  LD 1990, 2000
209.  LD 2014, 2000
210.  LD 2051, 2000
211.  LD 2067, 2000
212.  LD 2072, 2000
213.  LD 2121, 2000
214.  LD 2213, 2000
215.  LD 2226, 2000
216.  LD 2239, 2000
217.  LD 2267, 2000
218.  LD 2268, 2000
219.  LD 2271, 2000
220.  LD 2286, 2000
221.  LD 2290, 2000
222.  LD 2307, 2000
223.  LD 2314, 2000
224.  LD 2333, 2000
225.  LD 2348, 2000
226.  LD 2354, 2000
227.  LD 2394, 2000
228.-230.  LD 2418, 2000
231.  LD 2436, 2000
232.  LD 2453, 2000
233.  LD 2474, 2000
234.  LD 2487, 2000
235.  LD 2499, 2000
236.  LD 2511, 2000
237.  LD 2514, 2000
238.  LD 2564, 2000
239.  LD 2582, 2000
240.  LD 2607, 2000
241.  Maine Housing Summit, 2000
242.  Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, 2000
243.  Workshop on sovereignty from the tribal perspective, 2000
244.  Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, 2000, 2002
245.  Offensive names act [LD 2418], 2000-2001
246.  Maine Indian history and culture bill, 2000-2001, undated
247.  Campaign materials, 2000-2008, undated
248.  120th newsletter, 2001
249.  Deering Oaks Park Indian war memorial, 2001
250.  Gaming bill, 2001
251.  HP 236, 2001
252.  LD 291, 2001
253.  Indian child welfare act, 2001
254.  Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission -- history commission, 2001
255.  Notes from the 120th 1st session, 2001
256.  Oct.  2001 newsletter [passage of LD 291], 2001
257.  Report for Congress: renewal communities and new market initiatives, 2001
258.  Tribal education proposals in the states, 2001
259.  Mascot issue, 2001-2002
260.  National conference of state legislatures [Tribal recognition dates, education commissions], 2001-2002
261.  Press releases, 2001-2002
262.  Baldacci transition, 2002
263.  Casino LLC agreement; task force letter, 2002
264.-270.  Casino task force, 2002
271.  Housing Authority issue, 2002
272.  Maine casino project--legal fees, documentation, 2002
273.-275.  Maine Indian gaming survey, 2002
276.  National Park Service [Schoodic Education and Research Center], 2002
277.  PIN induction ceremony, 2002
278.  Secretary of State grant proposal [Maine remembers those who served], 2002
279.  Speaker Saxl's office, 2002
280.  State of the Tribes day, 2002
281.  Tribal Commission vote, 2002
282.  House calendar, March 2002, April-May 2003
283.  Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission--land claims, 2002-2003
284.  LD 1525 "FOIA" environmental, 2002-2004
285.  Casino, 2002-2005
286.  Casino bill clippings, 2003
287-288. House calendar, May 2003
289.  House calendar, May-June 2003
290.  Maine Council of Churches, 2003
291.  Maine tribal gaming, 2003
292.  Personal notes 121st first session, 2003
293.  Pfc.  Lori Piestewa, 2003
294.  A quiet crisis: federal funding and unmet needs in Indian country, 2003
295.  Wabanaki day, 2003
296.  Election tabulations, 2003-2004
297.  Gaming bills, 2003-2004
298.  Gordon S.  McCoy, 2003-2004
299.  Bingo bills, 2003-2005
300.  State of the Tribes invitation, 2004
301.  Chief Sappier correspondence, 2005
302.  House calendar, January-May 2005
303.  Interim representative appointment, 2005
304.-305.  Reports, 2005
306.  Senate and House registers, 2005, 2007
307.  Draft LDs, 2006
308.  LD 1606, 2007
309.  LD 229, 2007
310.  LD 1392, 2007
311.  Slot machine bill--info.  on roll call votes, 2007
312.  Bingo bill/slots--notes, 2007
313.  LD 1263 / LD2306, 2008
314.  Slot bill LD 701, 2008
315.  Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission fallout, 2008
316.  Tribal-state work group [land claims act], 2008

III.  Wabanaki/Native Affairs (1956-2008, undated)

This series contains materials that document Donna Loring's involvement in the Penobscot Nation's tribal politics and governance, as well as her interest in the historical context for present-day Native affairs.  Many of the files contain information about environmental pollution affecting Maine's tribes, and document widespread reactions to the Maine Indian Land Claims settlement.  There are histories and articles written by Bunny McBride, Harald Prins, Glen Starbird, and Bill Rodgers, as well as materials produced by the American Friends Service Committee.  A number of folders document the process of creating the Wabanaki curriculum that was implemented after the passage of L.D.  291: a Law to Teach about Maine's Native Americans in Maine Schools.  This series also contains census lists for the Penobscot Nation for the years 2000, 2001, and 2003; and several draft reports on the feasibility of an Intertribal College in New England.  Items 52-77 are contained in one oversize box and are not organized into folders.

For digital images from this collection, see the Donna M. Loring: A Penobscot Voice in Politics and Community exhibit.

001.  [2002 election], 2002
002.  AFSC Indian program committee, 2007
003.  [American Friends Service Committee], 1974-1978
004.  [Anti-racist education articles], 1999, 2003, undated
005.  Aroostook Band of Micmacs [EPA memo], 2001-2003
006.  Atlantic salmon of Maine project, 2003
007.  Bill Rodgers 1st draft proposed book, 2003
008.  Bottled water PIN project, 2002
009.  Bunny McBride article, 2001
010.  Clippings and media contacts, 1999-2000
011.  Columbus day, 2001-2002
012.  Environment clippings, 2001, 2004
013.  Friends committee on national legislation, 1988-1989
014.  Geronimo, 2006
015.  Glen Starbird's Indian rep history, 1981, 1991, undated
016.  Harald Prins material, 1990, 2001, 2007
017.  Historical background, 1956-1994, 2001-2004, undated
018.  John Stevens letter, 1971
019.  [Land claims clippings and documents], 1977, undated
020.  Maine Indian land claims clippings, 1977
021.  [Miscellaneous--clippings], 1984-2005, undated
022.  Needabeh agreement, 2002
023.  NPDES--court case PIN, 2001-2003
024.  NPDES--EPA press kit, 2001
025.  NPDES--Tribe vs. paper company 120th, 2000
026.  NPDES--Public comments, correspondence and meetings, 2000-2001
027.  NPDES--Water quality, regulation, 2000-2002
028.  Penobscot historic info, 1962-1964, 1980, 1993-2002, undated
029.  Penobscot nation alpha and family census lists, 2003
030.  Penobscot nation alpha and family census lists, 2001
031.  Penobscot nation alpha and family census lists, 2000
032.  The Penobscot nation and the Penobscot river basin--watershed analysis & management, 2001
033.  PIN campaign '06--tribal campaign letters, 1998-2006, undated
034.  Pine Tree Legal newsletter--Wabanaki legal news, 2008
035.  Prayer, artwork, undated
036.  Preliminary report of the Wabanaki Studies Commission, 2002
037.  Sale of California "joke", 1999
038.  Standing committee on social issues, New South Wales, 1998
039.  Tribal college draft report, November 2005
040.  Tribal college draft report, September 2005
041.  Tribal portraits for the state house, 2002-2004
042.  Two-spirit people by Alex Wilson, 2004
043.  Wabanaki Center, 2005-2007
044.  Wabanaki confederacy conference, 2008
045.  Wabanaki studies commission, 2001-2002
046.-047.  Wabanaki studies commission--Wabanaki curriculum, 2004-2005
048.  When the women heal by Carolyn Kenny,
049.  [RESTRICTED] P.I.N.  , 1989-1996
050.-051.  [RESTRICTED] Schiavi homes, 1993
052.  Newspaper clippings, 1971-1990
053.  Boston Globe Magazine. Blood & Money: five years after the Maine Indian Claims Settlement by Peter Anderson, October 27, 1985
054.  The Maine Progressive. History and Law: the Micmac Claim, January 1987
055.  Maine Times. Megawatts, Mega-Change: someone's paying a lot for Hydro-Quebec's "cheap" electricity, February 6, 1987
056.  Maine Sunday Telegram. Maine's Indians find culture at a crossroads: reservations see study in contrasts, September 25, 1988
057.  Maine Times. Calculating Risk: even for dioxin, the numbers aren't as conservative as you think, November 27, 1987
058.  Maine Times. Who stripped Indian Township?, March 25, 1988
059.  Maine Times. Eastport and the Passamaquoddies: resentment breeds volatile new tensions, August 22, 1975
060.  Maine Times. Promises to Keep: not being recognized has hurt, but a unique legal maneuver may help, January 23, 1987
061.  Maine Times. Promises to Keep: federal recognition and $900,000 have brought self-help programs, but the Maliseets still have trouble shaking the "loser" image.  , January 16, 1987
062.  Maine Times. Promises to Keep: Passamaquoddy Indians once settled their differences with a "mock fight." Today the anger and frustration are real, January 9, 1987
063.  Maine Times. Promises to Keep: $8.5 million can buy opportunity, but it can't solve Maine Indians' problems overnight, January 2, 1987
064.  Harvard University Gazette. Hall of the North American Indian: new setting focuses on the change and continuity of tribal traditions, April 6, 1990
065.  Wabanaki Alliance. Carter signs claims, November 1980
066.  Wabanaki Alliance. Land claims seem close to approval, August 1980
067.  Wabanaki Alliance. Micmacs rally to cry of recognition, July 1982
068.  Wabanaki Alliance. School may face suit over religion class, January 1979
069.  Wabanaki Alliance. Indian court holds first session, December 1979
070.  Wabanaki Alliance. Health center director suspended six weeks, May 1980
071.  Penoba-Quoddy News, January-March 1975
072.  Akwesasne Notes, August 1980
073.  A Maine Manifest by Richard Barringer & others, 1972
074.  The Digest, November-December 1986
075.  The Digest, February-May 1985
076.  The Penobscot Indians present their 8th annual Indian Pageant, 1971
077.  The Penobscot Indians present their 9th annual Indian Pageant, 1972

IV.  Community/Professional Activities (1988-2011, undated)

This series contains documentation of Donna Loring's involvement in community organizations, including her service on the boards of CEI Capital Management LLC, Maine Community Foundation, Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy, NAACP, and Northeast Historic Film. Her work with Vietnam Women Veterans is well-documented in this series, as is her work on Tribal-State relations.  There is also evidence of Loring's employment as Security Director at Bowdoin College, and courses she taught at USM.

For digital images from this collection, see the Donna M. Loring: A Penobscot Voice in Politics and Community exhibit.

001.-002.  ALANA/South Africa Project, 1998-1999
003.  Appointment letter USM, 2005
004.  Bowdoin College, 1992-1997, undated
005.  Bowdoin College lecture, circa 2003
006.  CEI Capital Management LLC advisory, 2004
007.  Course--Muskie School USM--PPM 563, 2002
008.  Deborah Morton Society, 2011
009.-011.  Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Institute, Chile, 2001-2002
012.  First Nations Development Institute, 2000
013.  Maine Community Foundation, 2002
014.  Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy, 2000
015.  Maryann Hartman Awards, 1997-1999
016.  NAACP Executive Board, 2003
017.  National Conference of State Legislatures/National Congress of American Indians advisory council, 2004
018.  Native American holocaust research, 2005
019.  Northeast Historic Film, 2002, undated
020.  Panels, conferences, lectures, 1999-2008
021.  Penobscot women's group newsletter, 1999
022.  Portfolio of Donna M. Loring, 1988-1997, undated
023.  Rep.  Loring's newspaper articles, 1999-2001
024.  Tribal government policy course material, 1999
025.  UMAINE Today, 2006
026.  UNE Diversity Lecture Series flyer, [2008]
027.  US Commission on Civil Rights, 2004-2007
028.  Vietnam Women Veterans, 1998-1999
029.  Vietnam Women Veterans--Commission on Women Veterans, 2003-2004
030.  Vietnam Women Veterans--newsletters and clippings, 2001-2003
031.  Vietnam Women Veterans--research, 2002
032.  Vietnam Women Veterans--women's vet bill and info, 1998-2002
033.  Wabanaki Center/Margaret Chase Smith Center dinner to honor Donna M. Loring, 2008
034.  Wisconsin Leadership Conference on State-Tribal Relations, 2001

V.  Writing and Notes (1971-2008, undated)

This series contains notebooks and notes, journals, letters to the editor, poems, speeches, and drafts of Loring's book In the Shadow of the Eagle.

For digital images from this collection, see the Donna M. Loring: A Penobscot Voice in Politics and Community exhibit.

001.  In the Shadow of the Eagle promotional material, 2008
002.  Journal--1st draft, undated
003.  Journal--Vietnam trip, 1997
004.  Letters to the editor, 1971, 2002
005.  Manuscript diary [In the Shadow of the Eagle], undated
006.-007.  Manuscript markups--Shadow of the Eagle, 2008
008.  Notebook, 1997-1998
009.  Notebook, 1998-1999
010.-011.  Notebook, 1999-2000
012.  Notebook, 2002-2004
013.  Notes, 1999
014.  Notes, undated
015.  Poems, 1971, undated
016.-017.  Speeches and drafts, 2000-2006, undated
018.  "Tribal State Relations" in Maine Policy Review, Vol 13, no.  2, 2004

VI.  Personal (1978-2009, undated)

This series contains photographs, memorabilia, and other miscellaneous items, including business cards and Donna Loring's name plate from her desk when she served as Chief of Police for the Penobscot Nation.

For digital images from this collection, see the Donna M. Loring: A Penobscot Voice in Politics and Community exhibit.

001.  Flag protocol, 1996, 1998
002.  Kendall Miriam, Richmond poet, 2001, 2003
003.  Maine Criminal Justice Academy class photograph and certificate, 1978
004.  Memorabilia, 2000, undated
005.  Memorabilia, 2002, undated
006.  Memorabilia, 2003-2009
007.  Photographs, 2002-2004, undated
008.  Photographs--Center for Policy Alternatives Chile trip, 2002
009.  Photographs--State of the Tribes, 2002
010.  Plans/sketches for house & office, 2002
011.  To do file, 2001-2003, undated
012.  Vietnamese newspapers, 1997
013.  Name plate, undated
014.  Business cards, undated

VII.  Audio-Visual Materials

This series contains VHS tapes, DVDs, and CDs that pertain primarily to Wabanaki culture, language, and history. Some notable items include a recording of the first State of the Tribes address in the Maine State House in 2002, a recording of a "Give Me a Break" segment from 20/20 in which Loring appears to talk about the removal of the word "squaw" from Maine place names, interactive CD-ROMs to teach the Passamaquoddy language, and several films on Penobscot and Wabanaki traditions and arts.  Also included are some of Loring's personal photos and video pertaining to the Violence Against Women Act and other policy decisions.

For digital images from this collection, see the Donna M. Loring: A Penobscot Voice in Politics and Community exhibit.