April 18, 2013

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Melissa Arndt, spokeswoman for the LifeFlight Foundation in Camden, said Wednesday that the helicopter will remain on the field between Winn Road and Cross Road for at least another day or two while mechanics inspect it.

It may be cleared for takeoff or it may have to be loaded onto a trailer and moved by land, Arndt said.

Arndt said Federal Aviation Administration representatives and Era Helicopters, which operates and maintains the helicopters for LifeFlight, have been unable to identify any mechanical failures.

The helicopter pilot was forced to land in a field around 5:30 p.m. after alerting the air-traffic control tower at the Portland International Jetport that the master caution light had been activated.

The helicopter, which had just dropped a patient off at Maine Medical Center in Portland, landed safely and none of the three people on board was injured.


New director will lead panel studying Indians' treatment

A panel that's looking to document past treatment of Wabanaki Indians and their families in Maine has hired an executive director.

Heather Martin, a College of the Atlantic graduate whose background includes grassroots organizing and civil justice work, began work Monday.

The Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission is seeking to uncover and acknowledge how the Maine Child Welfare system affected the lives of Wabanaki children and families through past policies.

In Maine, Indian children were taken from their families and placed in white foster homes at a higher rate than most other states as a result of federal policies of the 1950s. In 1978, the federal Indian Child Welfare Act gave Indian children more protection and recognized the importance of a child's tribal citizenship.


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