Maulian Dana Smith was elected to MECEP’s board in 2018. She serves as the Penobscot
Nation’s Ambassador and was elected to a four‐year term on the Penobscot Nation Tribal
Council in September 2016. Prior to being elected to the Council, she was the human resources
director for the Penobscot Indian Nation Enterprises.
She grew up on Indian Island, Maine on the Penobscot Reservation and is the daughter of
former Penobscot Nation Chief Barry Dana, who served from 2000‐2004. She graduated from
the University of Maine in Orono with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2006 and was
awarded the Margaret Chase Smith Public Policy Scholarship in 2005.
Maulian is an outspoken advocate on the issue of derogatory mascots, and represented the
tribe in 2015 before the school board for School Administrative District 54 to ask that
Skowhegan High School drop their “Indian” mascot. She is a founding member of social justice
group Not Your Mascot, Maine Chapter. Her other passion is finding ways to strengthen and
expand programs that help to preserve and teach the customs and traditions of the Penobscot
She is the proud mom of two daughters and a soccer/basketball coach.