AUGUSTA — A representative for a Native American tribe in Maine wants to ensure the state’s wildlife council always includes a tribal voice.

Maine’s Native American groups have been stewards of wildlife for thousands of years. Tribal Rep. Rena Newell of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point said Tuesday she has introduced a proposal for a permanent Wabanaki appointment to the Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Advisory Council.

Newell said the permanent appointment would make sure there is always tribal representation on issues involving Maine wildlife. She said that would provide “a voice from a Wabanaki cultural perspective in the areas of fishing, hunting, trapping, land management, conservation and enforcement.”

Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Commissioner Judy Camuso supports the proposal, Newell said. The proposal would need to be approved by the Maine Legislature.

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