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Rep. Henry John Bear

Aboriginal Lawyer of the Maliseet Nation

Tobique Economic Development Corporation

HQ Phone: (506) 662-9111

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Tobique Economic Development Corporation

61 Brownville Road

Grand Manan, New Brunswick E5G 4G1


Background Information

Employment History

General Manager

NeGoot-Gook Fisheries Inc.


Mother Earth Lodge


Houlton Band

Tribe’s Representative
Maliseet Nation

West Virginia Bar Association

Maine House of Representatives


University of Maine at Presque Isle

law degree

University of New Brunswick

Web References (22 Total References)

NeGoot-Gook Fisheries - About Us - Management [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.

"Their clear cutting was like taking ... [cached]

"Their clear cutting was like taking the studs out of a house and watching it fall down," says Henry J. (Hank) Bear, an aboriginal lawyer of the Maliseet Nation at Tobique. He maintains that the consequences have been disastrous for the Maliseet people.

Jim Goltz agrees with Hank Bear that clear cutting was the catalyst for the blowdown.
"We wanted to bring land-use issues to the public and did," says Hank Bear.
In the words of Hank Bear, "We are all still creatures of creation who have a natural obligation to care for each other and to respect the Creator and other creatures."

Endorsements - The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting [cached]

Representative Henry John Bear (Houlton) Member of Maine House of Representatives, Houlton Band of Maliseets

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Representative Henry Bear, Houlton, Nonvoting Representative, Maliseet Nation

- Henry John Bear, the ... [cached]

- Henry John Bear, the representative for the Houlton Band of Maliseets, has filed to run as a Democrat in House District 144, which includes part of Aroostook County. He faces longtime Republican Rep.

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