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From: "Nancy" < email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [NA-ABENAKI] VT Local Abenakis forming a new band, seeking state recognition
My Heart goes out to you and your people. May the Great Spirit and Creator be with you all you are all in my prayers. Talk to me anytime. I will listen. I will try to give advise as a elder of the Abenakis.
Phil “Soaring Eagle” Thibault.
----- Original Message -----
From: Nancy Lee Cote-Rolls
Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 11:33 AM
To: Grandfather Philip J. Thibault
Subject: First Nations
This attachment is meant to dissolve the majority of people within the Nulhegan Band from the fact that things were down [done] without the consensus of the entire group and especially without permission from the chief and sub chief.
All of us realize that this has gone far enough and that we have made a horrible mistake by using our hearts to think that someone [Luke Andrew Willard] could change, we were wrong in doing so.
I have tried to talk honorably on your site but cannot stay silent too much longer with this individual [Luke Andrew Willard] slamming everyone. He has a personal agenda of his own and furthermore I have much proof documented to back up this statement.
Do what you want with the letter about the Woodpecker, a wise individual gave this to the group to protect us from the ways of a young, willful, self- serving, warrior-want-to-be individual [Luke Andrew Willard].
My apologies come to you sincerely as I am honored to have your opinions on all things. The majority of the people including the chiefs Raymond Bernier and Charlie Girard have given permission for me to use their names to rectify this situation. Today I have started and it will be done honorably with the consensus of all, for the purpose of today and the tomorrows of our children and their children.
With much love
your Nanny [Nancy Lee nee: Cote – Rolls]
To: < NA-ABENAKI-L@rootsweb.com>
Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 3:45 PM
From "The Newport Daily Express Tuesday, September 21, 2004 Page 1:
"In Derby Line, Vermont Local Abenakis forming a new band, seeking state recognition"
by Anne L. Squire
Express Staff Writer
Derby Line-For 30 years various groups of Abenakis have petitioned the Legislature and the governors for state recognition. This status would give that group an official status within Vermont."
Photograph caption: "Some of the members of the Nulhegan Band, Cowasuk Abenakis, who are petitioning the Vermont legislature for state recognition.
From left to right, rear, Luke Willard, Dawn Macie (Dancing Light), front row, left to right: Nancy Cote, Silent Thunder, Sparkling Water."
"For most of the 70s and 80s, the most vocal Abenaki group in Vermont was the group at Swanton, under the leadership of Homer St. Francis. That group applied for state recognition, but Attorney General William Sorrell denied their petition in a 254-paged document.
Now, a group of Abenakis, meeting presently in Derby Line has petitioned the governor and the Legislature for state recognition. This group, calling them the Nulhegan band of the Coosuk Abenakis, originally were part of the group that meets at Evansville, under the leadership of Ralph Swett. They left to form their own group. Luke Willard, elected as their war chief, and several members of the group were interviewed Sunday afternoon. 'In only a few months, the group has grown from 15 to around 50,' Willard said.
"They base their request for recognition on family genealogies that go back many generations of Abenaki-descended people who have lived in the Nulhegan watershed area. One of the few land sale records from or to Abenakis is a 200 year old sale of land by an Abenaki named Philip, who sold [illegally] about 300 square miles of territory in the northern Connecticut River-eastern Memphremagog basis area. Philip's band were called "Cowasuk" or "Coosuk" Abenakis," their name deriving from the Abenaki word "Coos," or "Cowas," meaning that they were the 'people who live among the pine trees.'
This group is hoping that their petition will be the one that finally allows at least some Vermont Abenakis to be acknowledged as Vermont's original people." Transcribed by Jan Jordan
Frederick Matthew Wiseman PhD. could not even do a simple online Internet search when he created this "work" of his entitled "Decolonizing the Abenaki..." so as a REVISIONIST Scholar that he apparently is, he simply "distorted" labeling the Newport Daily Express article as coming from May 16, 2002. Nancy Cote-Rolls and Luke Andrew Willard did not "incorporate" and solicit membership into that organization until AFTER August 2004. Apparently this "professional" "Scholar" from Johnson State College FORGOT to remember what was taught in High School, TO HIS VERIFY SOURCES! He is the coordinator of this concocted "Vermont Indigenous Alliance" founded in 2008, which is composed of these 4 Incorporated ALLEGED and REINVENTED "Abenaki" groups seeking VT State Recognition from the legislature, and one would assume, hope and think, that such a "INSIDE NON INDEPENDENT Scholar" would verify and cross-reference his alleged scholarly "work," to make sure it was accurate. Then again, even the BIA's "Office of Federal Acknowledgement" has retrospectively concluded previously that his "research" was NOT SOURCED, POORLY DONE, and NOT VERIFIED; just like that Federal Agency said and concluded about John Moody too. Now he (Wiseman PhD) wants to take this same shoddy work practise and convince the VT legislature, that this research of his, is accurate?
The Vermont legislature is allegedly supposed to depend on this biased Scholar and the others (already mentioned recently on this blog) to substantiate that these "Abenaki" Incorporate groups are "authentic" Abenaki Tribes? He (Fred Wiseman PhD) couldn't even get an article's publication date cited correctly!