CRRE enjoys strong mutually-supportive relationships with numerous partner organizations that share our aim of advancing race equality and social justice in education. Our newest partner is Seven Eagles an organization dedicated to raising the profile of the First people of Maine and supporting Native American culture, heritage and social justice campaigns.
Seven Eagles is led by Donna Loring of the Penobscot Indian Nation. Loring served as the Penobscot Nation's Representative to the Maine State Legislature (1998-2003, 2007-2008) and as a member of the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary. She authored and sponsored the historic LD 291 "An Act to Require Teaching Maine Native American History and Culture in Maine's Schools," which was signed into law in 2001. In addition to her writing and activist work, Loring hosts a monthly radio show on Native affairs, culture and politics (Wabanaki Windows) and wrote a revealing study of her time on the Maine legislature (In the Shadow of the Eagle, 2008).
Seven Eagles is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ending the “invisibility” faced by Maine Native people and providing the First People of Maine with a “voice”. The stated goals of the organization are to:
- Assist in the development of Native American artists in the field of multimedia by providing professional development opportunities.
- Develop a Native American creative economy sector by utilizing media as a promotional tool for the revitalization, appreciation, and perpetuation of Native arts and culture.
- Create accurate works of Native American media.
- Educate through the sharing of Native American culture and heritage.
- Provide a voice for Native people.
- Address issues of socio-economic inequalities
Seven Eagles looks to utilize the arts in order to educate and share Native heritage with the public while providing a means of preserving the rich, but often endangered, languages and traditions of Maine Native people.