Indian TWP, ME
Wayne Newell was born at Sipayik (Pleasant Point) in eastern Maine. Wayne is a storyteller and singer of Passamaquoddy music. He speaks the Passamaquoddy language fluently. Educated at the local schools, he eventually went on to earn his Master’s degree in the field of education from Harvard University. Wayne’s first love is the preservation of the Passamaquoddy language. In 1971, he directed the first bilingual and bicultural education program for the Passamaquoddy Tribe. This program included the introduction of a writing system for the Passamaquoddy language. He has authored and co-authored over forty books written in the Passamaquoddy/Maliseet language. Wayne is a leader within the Passamaquoddy community and is Director of Bilingual and Bicultural Program and Curricular Development for the Passamaquoddy schools. Active in politics, education and business, Wayne dedicates his life to inter-human understanding so that human beings of all cultures can work together cooperatively. Wayne is a co-founder of CCLC and served on the board from 2001 through 2010.