The St. Croix River Herring Homecoming was a commemorative event hosted by the Passamaquoddy Tribe on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 to mark the return of alewives to their traditional spawning habitat in the St. Croix River and to honor all of the tribes, federal agencies, and non‐governmental organizations who have participated in the effort to make this restoration a reality. “It is with great joy that I stand in a place where my people and I belong and welcome the return of Siqonomeq and her family to the place where they, where we all belong,” said Chief of Passamaquoddy, Clayton Cleaves. During the celebration, guests were treated to Tribal ceremonial songs and dance, including the Passamaquoddy Welcome and Alewife songs and the “Round Dance.” U.S. and Canadian officials also made brief remarks. The event wrapped up with Tribal and federal government officials signing of a pledge to continue to work together to bring back river‐run fish to this important Maine watershed.
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