The governor of the Penobscot Indians' Tribal Council said today the land claim settlement recommended by President Carter's special representative is unacceptable to his tribe.
Nicholas Sapiel said his tribe and the Passamaquoddy Tribe probably will return to the courts for a settlement of that land claim dispute because the recommendation falls far short of the 5 million acres od land - demanded by the Indians.
In his report to the President issued July 15, Georgia Supreme Court Judge William B. Gunter recommended the Indians be given 100,000 acres of land by the state of Maine and $25 million by the federal government with an option for the Indians to purchase an additional 400,000 acres in Maine at fair market value.
If the land battle returns to courts, it would constitute a reactivation of two 5-year-old suits brought by the Indians in U.S. District Court. The suits have been in limbo since Gunter was appointed as the President's special representative nearly four months ago.
The two tribes have sent a telegram to the president reportedly expressing dissatisfaction with Gunter's recommendation.
Contacted in Altanta, Ga., Judge Gunter said, "I anticipated that neither the state nor the two tribes would be entirely satisfied with my recommendation." Maine Gov. James B. Longley declined comment on the matter.