Corey Hinton is a lawyer at Drummond Woodsum in Portland, ME. He is the leader of the firm's Tribal Nations Practice Group. Recently, he represented the Passamaquoddy Tribe in a fight for clean drinking water.
Maine Legislation LD 906: Clean Water For Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik was successfully passed and signed into law on April 21, 2022. After living with unreliable, odorous and toxic drinking water for decades there is finally movement toward several short, medium, and long range solutions. Regarding toxics in the water supply, he believes we simply must reduce our toxic inputs into the natural world, which benefit only a select few people's short term gains.
Additionally, Hinton discusses environmental and social justice issues that have been gaining some recent traction. These ideas are not new, however, he can reference Maine Legislature notes from the 1870's in which Passamaquoddy leaders were seeking many of the same measures around social justice and respectful environmental stewardship which the still seek today.
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