Robbie grew up in New Hampshire, but has since written stories for radio stations from Washington, D.C., to a fishing village in Alaska. Robbie graduated from the University of Maryland and got his start in public radio at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole,
The case began in 2012, when the Penobscot Nation took the state to court over asserting its authority over about 60 miles of the river near the tribe's reservation lands. The tribe sought control over hunting, fishing and other activities.
Many school districts across the country have reported big downturns in attendance as they've shifted to remote learning. Some students have dropped off the map entirely.
Since March, the U.S. has blocked nonessential travel along the U.S.-Canada border to limit the spread of COVID-19. But in northern Maine, the move cut off many longstanding social and economic ties.
Allan Monga won Maine's Poetry Out Loud competition last month, but the NEA barred him from the national stage because of his immigration status. Now he's suing for his right to participate.