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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

Rep. Poliquin’s Third Bill Passes the House This Year

November 8, 2017
Press Release
The legislation will ensure Veterans’ families buried at tribal cemeteries, such as in Aroostook County, are provided government headstones

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has had his third bill pass the U.S. House of Representatives this year, with broad, bipartisan support. The commonsense legislation will ensure that Veterans’ family members who are buried at tribal Veterans cemeteries—such as the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Tribal Veterans Cemetery in Aroostook County—are provided government furnished headstones, the same treatment as those buried at national and state Veterans cemeteries.


Congressman Poliquin, who represents the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and their Tribal Veterans Cemetery in Aroostook County, spoke on the House Floor this week and released the following statement:


“I am tremendously proud to have my third piece of legislation pass through the House this year with bipartisan support to help our Maine families and Veterans,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Veterans laid to rest in tribal Veterans cemeteries should have the honor of being buried with their families and all should have access to headstones commemorating their sacrifices. I’m proud of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians for creating the first Tribal Veterans Cemetery not only in Maine, but on the entire East Coast. It is a great honor to serve them and to make this commonsense fix so all our Veterans and their families can be properly honored when they are laid to rest. I’m going to continue to push until this legislation is on the President’s desk for signature.”


Clarissa Sabattis, Chief of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, said, “I would like to express our appreciation and support to Congressman Poliquin’s for his efforts in addressing this existing inequity. This Bill will ensure that the family members who are buried in our Tribal Veteran’s Cemetery, and others like ours, will be provided with headstones, as they are in state and national Veterans Cemeteries.”


Congressman Poliquin speaks on the House Floor in support of his legislation, his third bill to pass the House this year.



Under current law, government furnished headstones are only available to Veterans’ eligible spouses and dependents buried in national and state Veterans cemeteries. This bill would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide headstones and markers to eligible spouses and dependents interred at tribal Veterans cemeteries.


Click HERE to view the Congressman’s remarks on the House Floor.