1st document: Ralph Skinner Swett's Birth Record from Barton, Orleans County, Vermont. It indicates that his ethnicity is "white". This birth record is a matter of Public Record and as a Public Figure, proclaiming that he is "Indian" implied by his published name of Chief Spirit Water" a.k.a. "Chief Lone Cloud", while he might be Indian, his birth record claims he is "white".
IF Ralph Skinner Swett is of Abenaki or Native American descent, I haven't dicovered the ancestor(s) that were. Perhaps some people would conclude that this birth record is "personal" and "private" but again, this is not the case, or I would not have been able to obtain a photocopy from the State of Vermont Vital Records last year. I began to do the genealogical background research documentarily beginning in November 2005 after these various "groups" representatives/leaders and their followers decided NOT to show and provide these very documents to the State of Vermont nor to the VCNAA. A little genealogical background is that Ralph had a brother Leon Edwin Swett born in 1924 and whom died in 1946. Leon Ellsworth Swett Sr. was born February 26, 1886 in Bolton, Brome Co., Quebec, Canada to Henry J. Sweat and Edna Alberta (nee: Wedge) and Leon died July 19, 1949. Leon Sweat/Swett Sr. married June 02, 1923 to Elsie Skinner who was born April 22, 1895 and died October 28, 1988 in Newport, Orleans County, Vermont. Her father was Edwin C. Skinner born in 1868 son of Daniel Skinner in Vermont about 1833 allegedly in Brownington, Vermont, and Daniel married to Louise N. Walker in Canada. Sibling to Edwin C. Skinner was a sister Mary L. Skinner. There is some confusion in that Elsie E. Swett was a Skinner to Edwin C. Skinner and his wife Zaidee or Raidee E. Ranney born in New York (maiden name unk.) OR was Leon Ellsworth Sweat's wife was an Elsie E. "Smith" born in England that made an entry into the U.S.A. via Lewiston, NY in 1915. Perhaps Leon Ellsworth Sweat/Swett married twice?
Emerson Garfield - Cowasuck/Coos band, John Lawyer - St. Francis/Sokoki band, Roger Lucas - Cowasuck/Coos band, Brian Lemois - Cowasuck band, Darrel Larocque - St.Francis/Sokoki band, Melody Nunn - Cowasuck/Coos band, Phil Thibault - St. Francis/Sokoki band, Ina Delany - St. Francis/Sokoki band, Phil Martin - Cowasuck/Coos band Mass, Harry Shover - Cowasuck/Coos band, Nancy Lemois - Cowasuck band, Phenix Hearn - St. Francis/Sokoki band, Edward Verge - Abenaki Nation NE VT.
In the spring of 2006, Chief Raymond "Looking Glass" Lussier again honored the Clan of the Hawk with another incredible gifting loan. He sent all of the books in his Native American research library to be cared for in a new library at the clan. This will be named the Ray Lussier Wabanaki Family History Center and Reading Room. Dedication ceremonies will be held at this year’s 15th Annual Pow Wow, Saturday, August 5th, at the Pow Wow grounds in Evansville, VT and is expected to be one of the high points of the celebration.
This wonderful collection includes 8 volumes of the Dictionnaire Genealogiques Des Familles Canadiennes, Purreville-Odanak, Napierville, Comte’ de Missiquoi, Richelieu, Drumonville, and many, many more. The birth and marriage records from all the reservations in Canada, going back into the 1600’s are in this research collection. Raymond "Looking Glass" Lussier in a council resolution at SNEIC, said, “Whereas, The Clan of the Hawk of Evansville Vermont under direction of my blood brother Chief Ralph Swett has distinguished itself by carrying on many Abenaki traditions, visiting schools and teaching the younger generation, hosting Pow Wows, Gatherings etc., making available a Museum of Abenaki as well as other tribal histories and involving itself in Community outreach programs. Be it hereby Resolved: In the name of Abenaki Unity, I Hereby entrust to The Clan of the Hawk my Books, Repertoires and other pertinent Documents for the introduction of the Wabanaki Family Resource Library and Reading Room in Evansville Vermont.” The rules pertaining to the access to and use of these materials are to be found later in this newsletter. Copies of them may also be had by requesting them from Chief Spirit Water. The primary responsibility of the Clan of the Hawk Library is the care and preservation of this Historical Collection of Documents and Books. Therefore these rules will be enforced. Policies and procedures for requesting duplication of this Collections materials are available. Requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis. In making such decisions, primary consideration must and will be given to the preservation of the materials. Reference services will be available by appointment only. Chief Spiritwater cannot donate his time for this as he has for years for every thing else. In order to staff the library, there will be a charge of $25.00 per visit, 15.00 per hour after the first. Call ahead for an appointment!! 802-754-2817 or ETPVT@aol.com
Dear Senators: I am writing this to add just a little more information to my previous testimony. I thank you for the job that you are doing, I know this is not an easy decision. I do believe that to pass this and allow two supposed historical bands the say in the fate of all other Abenaki people is a serious mistake. I ask that people please do the research of the history. Any band could have claimed these historical names, but that does not make them so. Sokoki bands were from southern VT, not Swanton area. I am not saying they are not native, or anything against them. I do know that the criterion that is being set is truly impossible to meet. Who is going to check Nancy Millette and April St .Francis lineage? If they could not meet the regulations for Federal Recognition then how do you expect any of the others? But the amendment they are trying to push would allow them in, and then decide the fate of the same bands that they don't acknowledge now. Check their petition, and please do not once again allow yet another form of genocide. I believe that in having to prove ourselves in this way is just another form of genocide. I pray the day shall come that my people can hold their heads high, be proud of whom they are and that all will get along. This is as it should be; this is the teaching of my ancestors. As for Nancy Millette's band, they too are going by a historical name, but the band has only been organized since state recognition. Just because the smaller bands are not as old or in the news, makes them no less Abenaki.. I speak for the Clan of the Hawk, as a tribal council member. We ask you to check our records; we have been organized for 20 years.
5th document: Document attachment that came in an email to Douglas Lloyd Buchholz on August 15, 2008. Again it is about the Clan of the Hawk, and this so-called "Northeast Wind Council of the Sovereign Abenaki Nations". Wow, now we don't just have an alleged "Abenaki Nation of Vermont" but now we have allegedly Sovereign Abenaki Nations. Totally amazing. Is this like a epidemic or a virus spreading across Vermont, etc?! I think the Mohawk's better watch out, it might be worse than the common cold or swine flu.
6th document: Newspaper article regarding the Clan of the Hawk 17th Annual Intertribal Pow-wow dated August 2nd and 3rd, 2008. You don't have to be Abenaki, or even Indian/Native American to join this "group". Nancy Millette might fit in perfectly with them. Buckskin, leather, psychic booths, wannabe's, runnamucks, the whole nine yards. Again, one needs to evaluate and know what is REALLY ABENAKI and what isn't.