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Native American Unit Brings Racial Discrimination Case Against DHHS

Wabanaki Legal News, Fall 2010 by: WLN Staff Maine Human Rights Commission Agrees That Case Worker Discriminated We are representing a Penobscot woman who had a problem with the Maine Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). Our client reported that a couple of years ago, a case worker from DHHS visited our client's home. While there, the case worker made several racist remarks. Our client told us that the case more...

Cheap Shot or Reality?

Wabanaki Legal News, January 2007 edition by J. Peter Sabonis, Esq.; A 16 year old Glenburn boy takes a gun from his grandparents, goes on an 8 day spree of burglaries and vehicle thefts over four counties, assaults an adult with an ax, and sets off a massive manhunt which prompts fearful school officials to close four schools.  The boy is found, arrested and charged with 31 criminal counts.  If tried as an adult, the boy would face u more...

Fair Employment Practices

Wabanaki Legal News, Winer 2011 The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. and Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Maine work with the United States Department of Justice's Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Discrimination to protect immigrant and citizen workers from being discriminated against by employers. The Immigrant and Nationality Act's anti-discrimination provisions protect immigrant workers from the following types of emp more...

Fighting Discrimination Against Native Americans

Wabanaki Legal News, January 2009 Over the past few years, Pine Tree's Native American Unit has worked to bring discrimination cases on behalf of Native Americans in Maine in the areas of employment, housing, education, and public accommodations.  Anyone who has experienced discrimination knows that it can be subtle.  Usually the person or organization accused of discrimination does not come out and say, for example, your boss fired you because you more...

Former Residential School Students in Canada Can Get Payments

Former students of Canadian residential schools are entitled to receive money to address the harms and abuses they suffered at the schools. These are the boarding schools that operated throughout Canada for over a century. About 80,000 former students are still living.   more...

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