Charles B. Doleac presented “Justice for People of the First Light: Colonial Treaties to the UN Declaration” program in Kittery on March 9, 2016

Portsmouth, New Hampshire (January 15, 2016) – Kittery Community Center welcomes Charles B. Doleac, chairman of the 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth Tricentennial Committee for a program on March 9, 2016 at 7pm. The program is free and open to the public and takes place in the STAR Theatre, 120 Rogers Road in Kittery.  For information, contact Todd Henley at 207.439.3800. The illustrated talk, explores the 1713 and 1714 Treaties of Portsmouth and 1717 agreement between the English and the Native Americans of the Maine and New Hampshire coast.

Entitled, “Justice for People of the First Light: Colonial Treaties to the UN Declaration,” the talk features historical artifacts from the era and replicas of the original Treaty from the Library of Congress and the British Archives, signed by New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Native American dignitaries.  The program provides an opportunity to understand the history of the era, the nuanced diplomacy of the delegates (English and Native American), the nature of life on the frontier on the Piscataqua before and after the Treaty, and the history’s relevance to the contemporary UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples issues.

 “The Treaty is important for the First Nations diplomacy employed, for the first steps toward recognition of a New Hampshire governing Council separate from Massachusetts (Maine) and for the impact it had on opening the Seacoast area as the commercial and military hub on the frontier,” said Charles B. Doleac, senior partner of the Portsmouth law firm, Boynton Waldron Doleac Woodman & Scott PA. “The issues discussed at the Treaty conference at The Castle in Portsmouth in 1713 have a direct connection with ideas concerning the Rights of Indigenous People that are in the headlines today.”

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