Native American flag raised on UMaine's campus

NOW: UMaine honors Penobscot Nation

ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Dozens gathered at The University of Maine at noon Wednesday for a campus first.

For the first time in UMaine's 152-year history, the Penobscot Nation's flag flies high over the campus next to Fogler Library. The campus is built on land taken from the Penobscot tribe centuries ago.

Robert Dana, Vice President of Student Life, says this is one way the school can be inclusive of minority groups such as people of native descent. 

"For people who have not been exposed to Native Americans or people from other cultures, you have to help them understand these are cultures that are important in our society," Dana said.

The flag-raising ceremony is a part of UMaine's Native American Heritage Month celebration. Some folks such as Penobscot Nation tribal ambassador, Maulian Dana, say it's a long time coming.

"As we've seen in this country monuments, statues, words, mascots all of these things have implications on how races interact."

For many students, faculty, and community members this is a step in the right direction after recent controversy in Maine surrounding Native American heritage.

A list of the university's remaining Native American Heritage Month events, you can check the Multicultural Center's Facebook page.

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