While it all sounds good, there are some skeptical tribal members.
‘‘It goes in one ear and out the out the other because they've heard it all before,’’ said Trever Mitchell, a recent graduate of Washington County Community College in Calais.
But they want to believe.
While there are jobs elsewhere in Maine, Passamaquoddies like Mitchell, 27, would prefer to live and work on the reservation, where there’s a strong bond to the land.
‘‘A lot of friends and relatives my age, they all feel the same way. They love the area. They love being around here. Our family is here. We all love the outdoors. But there’s just absolutely nothing to do. There’s no jobs whatsoever. And that hurts a lot of people,’’ he said.
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