Indian Township

Indian Township is one of two Passamaquoddy Reservations in Maine.  It was first settled by Captain Tomah Lewey of St. Andrews, New Brunswick in the late 1700s.  He and his family first settled on Lewey’s Island, and by the 1800s other tribal members joined them.  With the flooding of the island, the family moved to what is now the Indian Township Tribal Office.  Peter Dana Point (apart of Indian Township) was then established in 1850.  Captain Lewey is a well-known figure in the area leading to the Captain Lewey steamboat in 1853, of which its sunken remains can still be seen in Lewey Lake, and the Captain Tomah Lewey Memorial Highway.

 

Today, Passamaquoddy culture is kept alive through traditional activities like basket making and story telling.  The annual Indian Heritage Days include traditional crafts and dances, historical information, and tribal music.  Also visit the Wabanaki Cultural Center, home of the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce, in Calais to learn more about Wabanaki history.

 

Quick Facts

County:  Washington

Chief:  William J. Nicholas Sr.

Population:  718

School:  Indian Township School

Health Center:  Passamaquoddy Health Center

 

Information courtesy of the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce and Passamaquoddy Tribe.

 

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