Muskie School of Public Service

Esther Attean honored by Americans Who Tell the Truth Project

Esther Attean, training specialist at the Muskie School of Public Service, has been honored by artist Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) project, an initiative to promote models of courageous citizenship in schools and communities around the country.

The AWTT combines art and history, portrait and narrative, in student-centered presentations that empower and inspire action for the common good. Attean’s portrait, which was unveiled December 4 at a public ceremony at the State Capital Building, will join more than 200 others on the AWTT website and will be included in traveling exhibits that present people throughout American history who have worked for social, economic, and environmental justice.

Attean, a Passamaquoddy Tribal citizen, is co-director of Maine Wabanaki REACH (Reconciliation, Engagement, Advocacy, Change, and Healing) and co-founder of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission process. The Commission, which was officially mandated by the five Wabanaki Chiefs and the Maine Governor Paul LePage in June 2012, represents a historic agreement to uncover and acknowledge the truth of what happened to Wabanaki children and families in the Maine child welfare system, create opportunities to heal and learn from the truth, and collaborate to improve the child welfare system for Wabanaki children and families.

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