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Tribe hopes to build bottled water plant in Maine

9:30 PM, Dec 1, 2013   |    comments
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INDIAN TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) - The ancestral land of the Passamaquoddy tribe is tucked away in the nation's northeastern corner, teeming with natural beauty, wildlife and bubbling springs just as it did centuries ago.

But beneath the beauty is an ugly reality: Joblessness is rampant, making it hard for residents to feed their families. The tribe also needs more money for public safety and other services.

The leadership has been working on a bold plan to address these issues: Building a 123,000-square-foot bottling plant and selling the land's pristine spring water to customers outside of the reservation.

The tribe is working with an investor and hopes to complete a deal early next year. Planning has been underway for several years, and there's support among the 1,300 tribal members in Indian Township.

 

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