MollyOckett Essay Sought
To the Editor:
Native people in Maine and beyond are watching our community with great interest. The national magazine, “Indian Country Today” wants to come to MollyOckett Day in July to cover this emerging story – how our community is becoming more informed, more respectful, and more inclusive of the aboriginal people of this state.
Since first contact in the late 1400s, our history with the original inhabitants of this land has been shameful. We can’t change the past, but we can start learning the truth and acting with integrity now. We are keeping our traditional MollyOckett Days as the wonderful regional homecoming that it has been for 55 years, while expanding its reach in respect to the woman it honors and the name it carries.
The MollyOckett Essay Contest is part of this honoring. One male and one female high school student from our region (winning $350 each) will be honored for the essay they write about what life was like for the native people who lived during the time of MollyOckett’s life (1740-1816). The former Chief of the Penobscot Nation, Barry Dana, will also personally congratulate the winners, having read their essays. Please encourage any young person you know to take advantage of this historic opportunity. The deadline for grades 9, 10 and 11 is June 12, for grade 12, the deadline is June 19. It is a 1000 word essay. Please contact email@example.com for the guidelines and more details.