Governor LePage Meets with New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor
January 5, 2012
AUGUSTA – On Thursday, Governor Paul LePage met with Graydon Nicholas, New Brunswicks’s lieutenant governor and member of the Maliseet Tribe. The Governor administered the oath Wednesday to David Slagger who became Maine’s first Maliseet Indian legislator.
Indian representatives are selected internally by their tribes. They are allowed to submit bills, participate in legislative committee sessions, and speak on the floor of the House, but they are not permitted to vote.
Representaive Slagger, lives in Kenduskeag near Bangor with his wife and three children.
The 800-member Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians is part of the larger Maliseet Nation of New Brunswick, Canada, and is led by a tribal chief, Brenda Commander.