Prepared by the Abenaki Nation at Missisquoi, St. Francis-Sokoki Band
This application for recognition as a Native American tribe by the State of Vermont was prepared to fulfill the requirements stipulated in Vermont Statute 5.222. All information presented in this application is intended only for the Vermont Legislature, the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs and the three selected panelists and may not be copied, scanned or otherwise reproduced or disseminated without the specific written consent of the Missisquoi Tribal Council.
NOTE: DO THESE ALLEGED AND REINVENTED "ABENAKIS" CALLING THEMSELVES THE MISSISQUOI ST. FRANCIS/SOKOKI "ABENAKI" "BAND" OR "SOVEREIGN" "NATION" ASSUME THAT THESES DOCUMENTS ARE NOT A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD?
OF COURSE, THE APPLICATION REVIEW AND ALL OF THE CONTENTS ARE A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD. I INTEND TO SHOW ALL OF IT. EVERYTHING. THESE SO CALLED "ABENAKIS," WANT TO HIDE THEIR DECEITFULNESS, DISHONEST TACTICS, AND DECEPTIONS THROUGHOUT THE RETROSPECTIVE YEARS INTO THE CONTEMPORARY TIME-FRAME, AND CONTINUE TO "HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT" SOME MORE.
WELL, LET'S SHED SOME LIGHT ON THEIR SO-CALLED CONFABULATION OF A "PETITION FOR VT STATE "ABENAKI" "TRIBAL" "NATIVE" RECOGNITION" SHALL WE?
FIRST, LET'S LOOK AT THE FOUNDATION OF THEIR ALLEGED "NATION'S FLAG".....OR IS IT THEIR INSIGNIA/EMBLEM OR DID THE LATE HOMER STEAL THAT, JUST LIKE HIS DAUGHTER APRIL MERRILL ALLEGEDLY STOLE $30,697.49 USD from the 'late' (now deceased) Louis LaFrance (...not just "several thousand dollars" as previously reported in the Vermont Media, in their attempt to minimize her alleged criminal conduct/actions) one of her own ALLEGED "abenaki."
I think it is pretty easy to figure out; the evidence is starring reader's in the face. The Abenaki Identity Theives (against the Abenaki Ancestors and their legitimate contemporary descendants living within Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island etc) now want to have State of Vermont and or New Hampshire Legislature Recognition sanction their deceitful, dishonest, deceptive words and actions against the Abenaki People's. All in the name of Political Correctness and GREED!
The St. Francis/Sokoki band of the Abenaki Nation at Missisquoi consists of over twenty core families. There are 1,964 adults and 284 children on the Tribal Roles with 58% of the tribe living in Vermont. The greatest concentration of the applicant's citizens resides in the Towns of Swanton, St. Albans, Highgate and Alburg in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, Vermont, but there are other Missisquoi citizens who live in every county of Vermont and in other states.
The address of the Missisquoi Tribal Headquarters is:
Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi St. Francis/Sokoki Band
100 Grand Avenue
P. O. Box 276
Swanton, VT 05488
§ 853 (c) (2) A substantial number of the applicant's members are related to each other by kinship and trace their ancestry to a kinship group through group through genealogy or other methods. Genealogical documents shall be limited to those that show a descendency from identified Vermont or regional native people.
Applicants who pass the necessary criteria are considered citizens of the Missisquoi Abenaki Nation and are not just members. There are many genealogical records housed at tribal headquarters that documents the ancestry of Missisquoi's citizens but they are too cumbersome to copy and provide to the panelists (see photos below). We therefore submit the genealogies of the [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] families to the three panelists to satisfy this criterion but we Invite and encourage the panelists to visit tribal headquarters at 100 Grand Avenue in Swanton, Vermont to peruse through the other volumes if they wish.
Just because a person took 2 photographs of the front covers of muliple Microsoft Windows Workgroups "whatever" compiled books DOES NOT MEAN THESE BINDED "BOOKS" have ANYTHING GENEALOGICAL within them that CONNECTS TO THE MISSISQUOI HISTORICAL ABENAKI COMMUNITY ... ABENAKI PEOPLE'S.
PO Box 42 Newbury VT 05051
To Whom It May Concern
We have worked hand in hand with the State of Vermont and the State of NH for many many years concerning day to day issues and preservation of our Nation and People. The Koasek of the Koas, Nulhegan Abenaki, El Nu and on top of the list Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi have all worked together and have recognized each other in our union of the Alliance. What else should be said!!?? We have all seen Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi as a leader of this movement since the 1970's and we have supported that movement and we have joined that movement in the Alliance. We have worked to in union to unite the entire state of Vermont first peoples and work in partnership with the state.
Now we come forward to fill out this ridiculous time consuming and costly application because a 23 year old child from California [Rep. Kesha Ram] insisted on it and it somehow got it through the state house. In her nonsense we are suppose to show we recognize each other. So here it is ...
The Koasek of the Koas Abenaki Nation Recognizes and Salutes our other Abenaki Alliance Nations Nulhegan, ELNU and Missisquoi!!
Thank you Chief Nancy Millette Doucet
Now isn't this an INTERESTING RESPONSE from "Chief" Nancy (nee: Millette) Cruger-Lyons-Doucet towards this whole "Abenaki" Recognition Process and especially towards Rep. Kesha Ram of Burlington, VT.
BY SHAY TOTTEN [12.22.10] DECEMBER 22, 2010
TAGS: fair game, politics
Battle for Recognition
At least three of Vermont's Native American tribes will seek state recognition from the legislature next "official" in hopes of boosting their chances of receiving a federal designation to sell handmade goods as official" Native American wares. The official stamp would also allow Vermont's American Indians to access federal education funds.
A bill designed to grant recognition to select tribes was nixed last year due to infighting between Abenaki and non-Abenaki, as well as disputes within the Abenaki community itself. Lawmakers took sides, too, in these generations-old battles. NO, the "VT Indigenous Alliance" people such as Bell, Mitchell, Stevens, Delaney, etc got appointed to the VCNAA and wanted to CONTROL the Commission, for their own Agenda and Purposes. When they could not do that, they resigned, and then bitched, whined and complained to the Legislative Representatives and the Governor's Office.
Rather than grant recognition, lawmakers established nine hoops, er, criteria a tribe must meet to be legit in the eyes of the legislature. It also called for all new appointments to the nine-member Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. Of course, the "VT Indigenous Alliance" had to get rid of their paranoid and preceived threat of these REAL ABENAKIS [Jeanne Brink and Tim de la Bruere] [and also in the media, QUESTION Judy Dow's ethnicity]
Again, it was and has been all about CONTROL, POWER, and EGO.
The VCNAA, along with several outside scholars [B.S., these scholars were not independent or "outside" anything], has the task of reviewing each recognition request. If VCNAA gives the OK, requests are forwarded to the House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee for review. Whatever it recommends goes to a full-floor vote.
So far, three tribes have applied: Nulhegan, Koasek and Elnu. Their applications are under review and likely will be ready for a legislative vote this coming session, said VCNAA's new chairman, Luke Willard, the former chief of the Nulhegan Tribe in the Northeast Kingdom. Others tribes are still preparing applications, but those might not be ready in time for a vote in 2011.
Some Abenaki allies have taken the unusual step of asking House Speaker Shap Smith to ban one lawmaker in particular — Rep. Kesha Ram (D-Burlington) — from the review process. Why? The perception is that Ram played a key role in derailing last year's recognition effort at the 11th hour. Ram tells "Fair Game" she has no intention of stepping down from the House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee.
"I am hurt by the news of this letter, however, the Abenaki community is not monolithic," said Ram. "Focusing on the role of one legislator negates the thoughtful and complex engagement of our entire legislative body in passing laws that best serve our state."
A former VCNAA member believes the "new process" is stacked in favor of the Abenaki and the various tribes thought to be aligned with them.
"The current commission does not represent a broad spectrum of native peoples in the state of Vermont," notes former VCNAA commissioner Brad Barrett. "It was not supposed to be slanted toward the 'alliance' tribes, and now it is."
Willard hopes to smooth out past problems by proving the commission can work with all tribes and break free of past squabbles.
"I'm not interested in getting involved in a long, drawn-out process," said Willard. "This review process was set up to avoid that."
The "Vermont Indigenous Alliance" whose Coordinator has been and is, Dr. Frederick Matthew Wiseman, Ph.D., along with Mr. Donald Warren Stevens, Jr. ... and Nancy (Millette) Doucet wanted to REMOVE Rep. Kesha Ram, not because she was allegedly someone who supposedly nixed their gaining State of Vermont "Abenaki" Recognition from the Legisluture, but rather, she became a THREAT to their manipulations, deceitfulness, and dishonest tactics, in their efforts to gain INSTANT SHAKE AND BAKE "ABENAKI" status from the naive Legislative Representatives! So of course, there was, and continues to be an effort to silence anyone, including Rep. Kesha Ram, by this concocted "VT Indigenous Alliance" through the maligning and smearing her (and anyone else) across their alleged "Abenaki Landscape"!
5243 VT Route 30 Jamaica, Vermont 05343
To whom it may concern:
Kwai, as Sagamo of the Elnu Abenaki. I am writing this letter of support for our brothers and sisters of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, Koasek of Koas, and the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe.
We have all been working together as members of The Vermont Indigenous Alliance helping each other on many fronts, such as State Recognition , working with the State of Vermont, and the City of Burlington on projects to do with the Quadricentennial and Indigenous Celebration. Or just showing up and doing what we can to help at each others powwows or gatherings. The list can go on, but I will stop here.
In closing, YES the Elnu Abenaki Tribe and I, do support and recognize our relatives of the Missisquoi, Koasek of Koas and the Nulhegans as Abenaki Tribes of Vermont.
Chief of the ElNu Abenaki Tribe
Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs
C/O Division of Historic Preservation
National Life Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-1201
Subject: Support for Recognition
Dear Commission and Review Committee,
Abenaki people have inhabited Vermont and the surrounding areas long before euro-Americans ever set foot on N'Dakinna. We are as much a part of the Vermont landscape as were our ancestors who came before us. It is sad that I have to write this letter of support for something that should just be accepted as common place. We are the only race of people that has to prove who we are; we are not allowed to self-identify as everyone else.
You have a very important task in front of you. I ask that you see the rich history and value that our Vermont indigenous people bring to this beautiful State and communities in which we live. We are your friends and neighbors. The time has come for the State of Vermont to give Lis the recognition that our people truly deserve so we can move forward.
The Abenaki tribes in Vermont continue to work together to improve the lives of our tribal citizens and educate the public. I support them in their applications for recognition as an Indian tribe by the State of Vermont. I have personally worked closely with the following Abenaki tribes for many years now and recognize each one as a legitimate tribal entity and their territories.
Elnu Abenaki Tribe – Jamaica
Missisquoi St. Francis/Sokoki band – Swanton
Koasek Traditional Band – Newbury
Waolowzi (Be Very Well),
Chief Don Stevens
Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe - Lake Memphremagog
BIRDS OF A FEATHER, FLOCK TOGETHER
Dirty Birds that that they are.