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Tribe from Panama sails 3,000 miles to Maine

A 92-foot-long wooden ship carrying members of the Chocoe Tribe of Panama completed a 3,000-mile journey to Maine on Wednesday.

Tribal members started their trip on June 4 in Colombia. They were invited to Maine by Jim Brunton, a software developer who financed construction of the $1.4 million Pajaro Jai vessel.

Brunton said the trip was meant to draw attention to the issue the tribe faces in Panama. The tribe plans to meet with leaders of the Penobscot Nation of Maine today.

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Panamanian ketch arrives in Bucksport Chocoe Indians land after 3,000-mile sail (The Bangor Daily News 8/3)