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Mr. Henry John Bear

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Employment History


  • University of Maine at Presque Isle
  • law degree
    University of New Brunswick
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Henry Bear (Non-Partisan) Maine House Tribal Representative - Maliseet
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Henry John Bear of the Maliseet Tribe.
MITSC, 15 Mar 2008 [cached]
Henry John Bear is the Maliseet Tribal Representative to the Maine Legislature. Contact information for them can be found at the State of Maine website, Select the website category Legislature, then House of Representatives, and then click on members.
Untitled Document, 1 Feb 2007 [cached]
""Maliseet Nation peoples are finalizing plans to return to their ancestral hunting and fishing territories in the New Brunswick portion of their tribal territories where their Maliseet forefathers have lived, hunted, gathered and fished for more than 10,000 years"", said Henry ""Hank"" Bear, Maliseet lawyer and Member of the Maliseet Nation.
Like the Gana and Gwi Bushmen, Mr. Bear stated, Maliseets have international legal rights and intend to preserve and practice their traditional economies, including a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.In addition, Maliseets have also preserved their commercial fishing lifestyles.But the Canadian provincial and federal governments have historically resisted and then, through RCMP, DNR and then DFO police tactics, denied Maliseets access to their ancestral hunting grounds in Mount Carelton Provincial Park and ancestral fishing territories at Fundy National Park by forcing Maliseets to live in relocation camps called Indian Reserves, where Maliseets have been penned up on small plots of ground well away from their preferred hunting and fishing grounds; Indian Reserves where there still exists the highest rates of unemployment, alcoholism, drug and domestic abuse, and suicide rates in North America.
The illegal occupation, wrongful possession and wholesale granting of Maliseet ancestral lands to immigrant New Brunswickers, railroad companies, pulp and paper companies and the setting up of two huge land areas of over a million acres each at Mount Carlton Provincial Park at the headwaters of the Tobique River and the other at Fundy National Park on the shores of the Bay of Fundy had everything to do with the removal of Maliseet people from their ancestral hunting and fishing grounds.
Mr. Bear says, ""It is clear that it was the intention of Canadian provincial and federal officials and politicians that Maliseets be denied their ancestral modes of living off their land and fishing grounds.The present condition of the Maliseet people, despite recent efforts to improve themselves economically, administratively and politically, remains evidence enough of how badly Canada''s and New Brunswick''s illegal land grab has hurt the peoples of the Maliseet Nation.
Over the past few years, beginning, perhaps with the Marshall fishing rights case and, most recently, the Sappier and Polchies case, Maliseets have won several court cases where the Supreme Court of Canada have upheld Maliseet rights to fish, hunt and gather wood in our ancestral grounds.These historic court rulings make it clear that it was illegal for Canada or the Province of New Brunswick to deny Maliseets access to these same ancestral grounds, Mr. Bear stated, and Maliseet peoples are now making preparations to leave the small Indian Reserve encampments and begin their return to their traditional way of life in the Mount Carleton Provincial Park as a main Maliseet Nation base to support hunting and gathering activities and in Fundy National Park as a main Maliseet Nation base to support their commercial fishing activities in the Bay of Fundy.
Mr. Bear said, ""I am very happy to see this begin to happen after working so long to achieve this goal.
""Our forests are being clear cut"" said Mr. Bear, past Administrator of the Maliseet Forest Service.
NeGoot-Gook Fisheries - About Us - Management, 18 Nov 2007 [cached]
Hank Bear is a member of the Maliseet Nation at Tobique and a former Tobique Band Councilor.Mr. Bear served 15 years in U.S. Coast Guard, has spent nearly six years on the high seas.He completed 27 courses in the Coast Guard, including telecommunications, navigation, rapid radar plotting, sonar, rules of the nautical road, first aid, fire fighting, shipboard damage control and maintaining water tight integrity.As a Ham radio operator, Mr. Bear obtained his license to operate both amateur radio and television stations.He qualified as a 40 foot motor vessel operator and subsequently, as Officer of the Deck aboard large ships.He is an expert in small arms, pistol, rifle and machine guns and was certified, following completion of a judgmental shooting course, as a U.S. federal boarding officer aboard large Coast Guard ships enforcing all U.S. laws and fishing treaties in U.S. waters.Mr. Bear is an expert in and received commendations for his performance in coordinating marine communications and several search and rescue operations at sea, and in U.S. waters adjacent to Grand Manan.As a result, Mr. Bear has extensive knowledge of our commercial fishing environment where our fleet presently operates, and has already coordinated one medical evacuation to date involving a Maliseet crewman aboard the Fishing Vessel Captain Kel.
Following his 15 year stint in the U.S. Armed Forces, Hank returned to the Tobique Indian Reserve and, during the past 16 years has completed his Arts degree in business management and communications from the University of Maine and his Law degree from the University of New Brunswick.Although his new assignment as General Manager of NeGoot-Gook Fisheries Inc. in Grand Manan is his primary occupation, he continues to practice law to assist tribal members, fishing operations permitting.In addition to being co-counsel at trial in the recent Joshua Bernard aboriginal land title case, Mr. Bear successfully represented the Maliseet Nation in the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999 in the historic Donald Marshall Jr. eel fishing case which resulted in Canada's recognition of our treaty-based, commercial fishing rights.Mr. Bear was the only aboriginal lawyer appearing in these cases.The break-through these cases represent has provided the basis for ongoing negotiation and implementation of our significant, multi-million dollar commercial fishing operations in Grand Manan.As the General Manager, Mr. Bear's primary responsible is to ensure his Maliseet community safely and efficiently achieves maximum benefits from its commercial fishing operations.
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