Unsettled: Cast of Characters
Unsettled
Cast of
Characters
Pleasant Point in Downeast Maine

Brian Altvater

Lt. Governor at Pleasant Point in the early 1990s and current chair of the tribe’s blueberry company.

Photo by Gabe Souza
Christopher Altvater, his wife, Rita and daughter, Lisa around July or August 1965

Christy Altvater

(Seen center)
Pleasant Point father of six involved in 1965 incident with five Massachusetts hunters.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Altvater
Indian Township in Downeast Maine

Stephanie Bailey

Indian Township resident and good government activist.

Photo by Gabe Souza
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Annabelle Bassett

In the mid-1960s, Pleasant Point resident and wife of Danny Bassett.

Photo by Gabe Souza
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Eddie Bassett

Current Pleasant Point tribal council member and longtime proponent of constitutional reform.

Photo by Gabe Souza
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Danny Bassett

In the mid-1960s, a young Pleasant Point resident with a pattern of violence; husband of Annabelle Bassett.

Photo by Gabe Souza
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Francis Brown

In the mid-1960s, county attorney for Washington County, the equivalent of today’s District Attorney.

Photo by Gabe Souza
Pleasant Point in Downeast Maine

Clayton Cleaves

Current Pleasant Point chief and former logger.

Photo by Gabe Souza
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Richard Cohen

State prosecutor, first head of new criminal division, and later attorney general of Maine.

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Ken Curtis

Governor of Maine, 1967-1975

Photo by Gabe Souza
Deanna Francis

Deanna Francis

(Seen on the right)
In 1965, a high school senior and niece of Pleasant Point governor George Francis. Later a healer, cultural and intellectual leader of her people.

Photo by Gabe Souza
Gov. George Francis, Pleasant Point. Published Jul 9, 1964 Press Herald

George Francis

Pleasant Point Governor in the early 1960s, tribal representative to the legislature thereafter and tireless activist for his people against the state. Brother of Peter Francis and uncle to Deanna Francis.

Peter Francis

Peter Francis

Pleasant Point native and younger brother of George Francis involved in 1965 incident with five Massachusetts hunters.

Photo courtesy of Randy Hinton
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Don Gellers

Idealistic attorney for the Passamaquoddy in the mid-to-late 1960s and original father of the land claims effort.

Pleasant Point in Downeast Maine

Corey Francis Hinton – Attorney.

Great-grandson of Peter Francis, currently seeking justice for his family and people.
Son of Randy Hinton.

Photo by Gabe Souza
Randy Hinton for "Unsettled" project

Randy Hinton

Grandson of Peter Francis, currently seeking justice for his family and people.
Father of Corey Francis Hinton.

Photo by Gabe Souza
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Five Hunters

Friends from Billerica, Massachusetts – Romolo Capobianco, William Robbins, Daniel Frobese (not shown), James Ellinwood, and Hugh O’Neill – involved in a chilling 1965 incident at Pleasant Point.

Photo by Gabe Souza
Maine Governor James B. Longley. Press Herald file photo published in 1977

James Longley

Governor of Maine, 1975-1979

Indian Township in Downeast Maine

Bobby Newell

Promising young Passamaquoddy who becomes tribal constable in 1967 and later governor at both Pleasant Point and Indian Township.

Photo by Gabe Souza
Petroglyph-character

Wayne Newell

Currently tribal elder at Indian Township; teacher, Harvard graduate,
and stalwart promoter of the Passamaquoddy language.

Photo by Gabe Souza
William Nicholas

Billy Nicholas

Indian Township resident; variously tribal police officer, game warden, councilor, governor, and logger. Brother Alex Nicholas is currently chief of police there and a second brother, Leslie Nicholas, serves on the governing council.

Photo by Gabe Souza
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Joseph Nicholas

First tribal representative to the state legislature. In the mid-1960s, primary political rival to Pleasant Point governor George Francis.

Photo by Gabe Souza
Governor John H. Reed. Press Herald file photo published in 1966

John Reed

Governor of Maine, 1959-1966

Indian Township in Downeast Maine

Allen Sockabasin

Indian Township native. In the mid-1970s, the “militant” young governor there.

Photo by Gabe Souza
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Joe Socobasin

Current chief at Indian Township.

Photo by Gabe Souza
Indian Township in Downeast Maine

Donald Soctomah

Currently the tribe’s historic preservation officer and curator of the tribal museum at Indian Township.

Photo by Gabe Souza
former Passamaquoddy Governor John Stevens

John Stevens

Seven-term governor at Indian Township.

Photo by Gabe Souza
Tom Tureen, 1990

Tom Tureen

Tribal attorney in the 1970s and early 1980s who spearheaded the historic land claims effort.
Summer intern to Don Gellers, 1967.

Staff photo by Doug Jones
Petroglyph-character

William Williamson

In the mid-1960s, a crusading reporter at the Portland Press Herald.

Photo by Gabe Souza