Written by Administrator (Mark William Mitchell)
Monday, 13 September 2010
Abenaki Tribe at Nulhegan-Memphremagog Makes History
By: Dawn Macie
Brownington, Orleans County, VT - Members of the Abenaki Tribe at Nulhegan-Memphremagog (a alleged and re-invented Coosuk
Stevens is not the first Phillips descendant to follow in the footsteps of the family's patriarch. According to Phillips oral history from the dubiously accurately recorded Eugenics Survey documents, Peter Phillips (son of Antoine) led his people and only a few decades ago, Richard “Blackhorse” Phillips, held the torch for a time. Truthfully, Richard "Black Horse" Wilfred Phillips appointed himself as President of a mere incorporation and solicited membership into that incorporation. It was not a historical legitimate tribe of Abenakis.
In regards to the
Don "Wanna-be Inc. President" Stevens continued, speaking of Luke "Skywalker" Willard, “By stepping down as
It seems unfitting and almost poetically absurd that the
A new state law creates a process for a Vermont commission to recommend tribal recognition, which the Abenaki hope will also allow them to seek federal funding for education and other benefits.
“It’s not just for us. It’s for kids, it’s for our grandkids,” said Dawn Macie, 51, of Rutland, a member of the Nulhegan band of the Abenaki. Dawn Macie has had two children, and on their VT birth record certificates, NO FATHERS were named...so of course, "its not just for us, its for kids, its for our grand kids." This is yet another media campaign by these people "propping up their children" to benefit the adults of these incorporation's, to my thinking.
Gov. Jim Douglas appointed Dawn Marie (nee: Dague) Macie, who makes
Under federal law, artisans must be members of state- or federally recognized
Such labeling of crafts would allow the
Drums that sell for $90 to $130 could go for up to $200, she said. Handmade, intricately woven grass and splint ash baskets range from $20 to more than $1,000. Greed?
At least 1,700 Vermonters say they are direct descendants of the Western Abenaki tribes inhabited all Vermont and New Hampshire, and parts of Maine, Quebec and New York for hundreds of years before the arrival of the Europeans. They include the Missisquoi and Cowasuck Abenaki who farmed the river floodplains of Vermont at least as long ago as 1100s AD, the law said.
But the state of Vermont has been reluctant to recognize the Abenaki, in the past fearing it could bolster one
Over the years, the Vermont attorney general’s office has questioned the
The new law and commission are a step toward state recognition, commission members and legislators say.
“It’s not about casinos, land grabs,” said state Sen. Diane Snelling, R-Chittenden, co-sponsor. B.S., it isn't.
The law is intended to address the shortcomings of a bill passed in 2006 that created the commission and recognized the Abenaki as a minority population in Vermont, but failed to allow them to label their crafts as Native American.
It’s more objective than a bill that failed in 2007 that would have recognized three distinct
“We tried to figure it out who qualified before. There was a lot of energy around, ‘Well, some tribes just automatically qualify.’ … Now they’ll set some standards and then everybody who meets the standards is in,” she said.
Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have state-recognized tribes, said Ken Van Wey, program assistant for the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, which is part of the U.S. Department of Interior.
North Carolina and Virginia have commissions that identify tribes that are not federally recognized, for the purposes of selling arts and crafts.
The Vermont law changed the makeup of the commission, and expanded it from seven members to nine. Members must be Vermont residents for at least three years Big Deal and from a diversity of affiliations and areas of the state Again, Big Deal. The commission includes several members in their 20s. So what?, younger or older, these VCNAA members presently advocate for and are members of these various incorporate groups in VT.
The law also set up a process for
Applications will be reviewed by a three-member panel of experts. Based on the panel’s findings, the commission will make recommendations for recognition to the Legislature, which has the final say.
“I have a lot of hope that the Legislature will act quickly because WE DON'T WANT TO GET CAUGHT "MANIPULATING" OR "LIEING", "BEING NON-TRANSPARENT AND UNFAIR," TO GAIN RECOGNITION FROM THE VT LEGISLATURE, CLAIMING TO BE SUPPOSEDLY, THE ABENAKI this has been a very long, long process that has taken many years, and has aged people,” said commission member Luke Willard, of Brownington, the former
Sent: Sun, Sep 19, 2010 5:59 pm
Subject: Fw: Tribal Enrollment Form
----- Original Message -----
From: Donald Stevens.....firstname.lastname@example.org
to his following relatives:
This email was sent to Burbo’s and Phillips descendants with the above email addresses, etc. Someone before I got this, redacted some names to the emails:
Sent by Donald Stevens: Monday, September 06, 2010 8:48 PM
Subject: Tribal Enrollment Form
To all my relatives,
I will be assuming a leadership role in the Nulhegan Tribe in which our ancestor Antoine Phillips was Chief back in the 1800's. I would like to get you and your family all enrolled before our recognition application goes to the State of Vermont for consideration. If you are interested in becoming a Tribal member, please fill out these forms, sign them, and get them back to me or the Tribe. I at least need you to acknowledge your intentions.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to drop me an email. Please follow the instructions so that I can get you on our roles. We need to have all of our Tribal roles up to date by October 1st. Please send this to your any relative related to Grandma Burbo or Antoine Phillips. You can list children that are born to you or adopted. Please do not list step children if they have not been legally adopted as minors.
We will need a copy of your birth certificate, mother and father's birth certificate. You need the birth certificates that link to Grandma Burbo or the Phillips bloodline.
I have received the Birth Certificate of Aunt Mary Lemons so I will not need this from Carrie or Bobby. However, I will need yours and your childrens. I also have my mom's so Joyce McEntee (Don Stevens' sister), I will only need yours, the Kids, and grand kids...
My address is:
156 Bacon Drive
Shelburne, VT 05482
"Soliciting membership" into the so-called Nulhegan/ Old Philips' Band Incorporation, Don Stevens Jr. and Luke Willard etc., CLAIM that their group's Inc. and their membership is "historical," implying that the people that are in the group, have always been connected to the group. Their claims and proclamations in the media etc are rather hysterical, not historical! Rather this email of early Sept. 06, 2010 (BEFORE these people's PR media article Campaign)...from Donald Stevens...indicates VERY STRONGLY, that their claims are obviously LIE'S and merely more of their political shenanigans (meaning "devious manipulative tricks used especially for underhanded purposes." 2. a : tricky or questionable practices or conduct — usually used in plural).
Donald W. Stevens Jr. solicited information about the Phillips Family from Judy Dow and Nancy Gallagher (who wrote the book, "Breeding Better Vermonter's") while serving on the VCNAA (Commission) retrospectively-speaking. Secondly, he decided to communicate with my person by email and telephone format, seeking further genealogical information about the Phillips ancestors and descendants (NOT TO USE GENEALOGICALLY just for himself or his family) BUT TO USE SUCH INFORMATION, DISRESPECTFULLY AND CLANDESTINELY, on a POLITICAL LEVEL. He stated that he wanted his and my communications via email to be "confidential." WHY? The answer is, because he didn't want no one to know WHERE he got the information from, in the first place (playing games with April Merrill?) or simply because HE DID NOT KNOW A DAMN THING about the Phillips ancestry or the descendants, WITHOUT OUR HELP?
He uses Yaratz' book of information and the Eugenics Survey data, as FACTUAL records; yet neither of which is SOURCED. None of which is supported by REALITY,, historically or comtemporarily-speaking. That is MY OPINION, take it or leave it.
Either way, I think every politician in Vermont ought to see this email from Don Stevens and think twice, perhaps three times, before allowing themselves to be "hoodwinked" by these various incorporation's who claim to be "Abenaki Tribes" etc.
Vermont is setting a stage, a very dangerous foundation, if the state legislature or the Federal Indian Arts and Crafts Board allows incorporation's to be re-invented into Native American Tribes and or Bands. Such actions will have dire consequences against any legitimately documented Native person, community and Nation, across this entire country!
Contrary to the mantra chant, that Rep. Vincent Illuzzi, Rep. Hinda Miller and Rep. Senator Diane Snelling keep singing in these "Abenaki" media articles, just the FACT that Tom O'Bomsawin's brother David O'Bomsawin is standing in this group photograph of which Dennis Paul Steele, Luke Willard, Dawn Macie and Keith Davis are also therein, of this so-called Nulhegan Inc.'d group, informs my person, that this group is eye-balling gaining State of VT "Abenaki" Recognition, and subsequently, in Federal or U.N. Court (at least attempting to) go after the June 1796 Old Indian Philips Land Grant, which encompasses northwestern Vermont. Tom Obomsawin researched that Land Grant while living in No. Stratford, N.H. (his brother still resides in that local area), and it would not surprise me in the least, that Bea Nelson and or "someone" whispered into Luke Willard's ear about "going after this Land Grant of 1796," once State Recognition is obtained, to hell with the State of Vermont, these incorporated groups will not only take an inch forward, these groups will take a mile or more! Don't think I am right in my conclusions (?) well....time will tell....won't it?!