The database of Missisquoi citizen's names and addresses are maintained and updated at tribal headquarters in Swanton. The Missisquoi Tribal Roles are presented in Appendix 1.
OK, SO THE SWANTON BASED "ST. FRANCIS/SOKOKI" "BAND OF THE ABENAKI" "NATION", "SOVEREIGN ABENAKI REPUBLIC" SUBMITTED THEIR "TRIBAL ROLLS" WITH THE NAMES OF THEIR MEMBERS, AND THEIR ADDRESSES....
DOES THE "ST. FRANCIS/SOKOKI GROUP ASSUME THAT THIS MAKES THEIR PETITION MORE LEGITIMATE, AUTHENTIC AND OF MORE MERIT BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LIST OF NAMES WITH ADDRESSES IN THEIR APPLICATION VS. THE OTHER ALLEGED AND REINVENTED "ABENAKI" CORPORATE ENTITIES?
AGAIN, SHOWING AND PROVIDING A PHOTOGRAPH OF FILING CABINETS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THERE IS ANYTHING IN THOSE PARTICULAR FILING CABINETS. FOR ALL ANYONE KNOWS, EACH AND EVERYONE OF THOSE CABINETS IN THAT PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE COULD VERY WELL BE EMPTY.
EVEN IF THEY WEREN'T, WHAT MAKES ANYONE ASSUME THAT THE FAMILIES AND/OR THE PERSONS ON THIS MEMBERSHIP LIST, IS OF ABENAKI DESCENT? IF THE GROUP COULD NOT PROVE EVEN 1% PERCENT OF THEIR MEMBERSHIP WAS OF ABENAKI DESCENT IN 2006-2007 AFTER 38-40+ YEARS, WHAT MAKES THESE PEOPLE ANYMORE AUTHENTIC OR PROVEN "ABENAKIS"?
"NATIVE" "NATIVE AMERICAN" OR "INDIAN" DOESN'T MEAN "ABENAKI" NOR THAT THESE PEOPLE COME FROM AN "ABENAKI COMMUNITY." WHAT THESE PEOPLE DO COME FROM IS A 1974-1976 CREATED CORPORATE ENTITY THAT ATTEMPTS TO STEAL THE IDENTITY OF BEING ABENAKI, FROM THOSE WHO ARE LEGITIMATELY ABENAKI, BY WAY OF HISTORICAL ABENAKI COMMUNITY, HISTORICAL ABENAKI GENEALOGICAL CONNECTION(S), AND PRE-1970'S SOCIAL INTERACTION(S) WITH OTHER LEGITIMATE NATIVE COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT N'DAKINNA.
IF SUCH "MISSISQUOI FILING CABINETS" CONTAIN SUPPORTING RECOGNITION DOCUMENTS, HISTORICALLY, GENEALOGICALLY AND SOCIALLY, THEN WHY DIDN'T THIS GROUP GET FEDERAL RECOGNITION IN THE FIRST PLACE ca. NOVEMBER 2006-JULY 2007?
Today, Missisquoi is a distinct Native "town-resident" community historically associated with portions of modern Swanton, Alburg and Highgate towns in Franklin Comity, VT. Specifically, Missisquoi was also a historically well-known Abenaki village located about a mile to the northwest of Swanton, Vermont; which figures prominently in the ethnohistories of early and mid 18"' century Northern New England such as Gordon Day's 1981 Identity of the St. Francis Indians or Colin Calloway's 1990 The Western Abenakis of Vermont. In addition, its specific location has been known and mapped as a Euroamerican determination of Indigenous ethnicity (i.e. the "Indian Castle" of the famous 1763 "Murray and Collins Map" of Lake Champlain).
This was the period when several Missisquoi families leased sections of their land in the Missisquoi River valley to an Englishman in "Robertson's Lease," a document confirming an Abenaki presence at the "Indian castle" area in the period slightly before our narrative begins. Haviland and Power's The Original Vermonters and Fred Wiseman's Voice of the Dawn, both published by University of New England in 2001, and Against the Darkness, a DVD from
The Original Vermonter's 1st Edition and the 2nd Edition by William Haviland, as well as Voice of the Dawn, An Autohistory of the Abenaki Nation and the DVD "Against the Darkness" by Frederick M. Wiseman were all reviewed, studied and addressed by the Office of Federal Acknowledgement, of the Bureau of the Indian Affairs.
The origin of the word Missiquoi is "Masipskoik" a word that means place where there are boulders, more specifically "boulders point. " We have enquired among the old Abenaquis and they all agree about this interpretation as a thing known among them for a long time.
Old records existing in Swanton, VT (originally found by ethnohistorian John Moody) revealed in 1790, there were "fifty Abenaki Lodges near Swanton Village..." This site was probably downriver a mile or so from modern Swanton, where their burial ground was discovered in 2000, and where their "Indian Castle' or palisaded village was located thirty years before that. The fact that they were described as "lodges" rather than houses provides evidence of the typical conical, single-family wigwam, although the possibility of "Quonset-hut" style multi-family longhouses cannot be ruled out. This figure also implies a minimum Missisquoi Village population over 100 Native persons if we only assume 2 people per family. If we use the anthropological standard of 5.2 persons/family/wigwam, the Native population would be over 250 persons. The Abenakis seemed to be in a defensive mode at the time, for they were accused of burning a barn that same year in Sheldon, twelve miles upriver from their village. Twenty years later produced the only known painting of Missisquoi Native people (Figure 2). A War of 1812-era oil painting on canvas "Tyler's Farm near Highgate" by a Benson (given name unknown) in the....
....Shelburne Museum collection forms the cover of John Duffy's 1985 book Vermont, an Illustrated History (City Reports). The painting clearly depicts a birch bark canoe on Missisquoi
Any part that has been REDACTED in this "Application Review" is simply STUPID and FUTILE. The material is based almost verbatim on the UNREDACTED "Decolonizing the Abenaki...." compiled, created, and advocated by Dr. Frederick Matthew Wiseman Ph.D. and his concocted "Vermont Indigenous Alliance." The material "Decolonizing the Abenaki: A methodology for detecting Vermont Tribal Identity" has ALREADY BEEN POSTED THIS BLOG verbatim....UNREDACTED. All a person has to do is conduct a comparative of these REDACTED SECTIONS, of this "Application Review" for the "St. Francis/Sokoki" group vs. the Frederick Wiseman also-created "Decolonizing the Abenaki...." to see that this group, as they all (right along with the Department of Historical Preservation people) are continuing to be deceitful, dishonest, and inappropriate in their actions, attempting to confabulate these "Abenaki" Corporate's into being alleged and reinvented "Abenaki" "Tribes" and or "Bands" by slapping each other on the backsides in the pursuit of VT Legislative "State Sanctioned" "Abenaki" Recognition by legal statute.
IN REALITY AND TRUTH, ALL THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE, ARE MEMBERS OF SELF-CREATED "ABENAKI" CORPORATE ENTITIES, THAT ARE SANCTIONED BY THE STATE OF VT'S SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE, FOR A FEE. THEY MAY HAVE SOME NATIVE ANCESTRY (BUT NOT ABENAKI).
YET, THEIR ANCESTOR'S, WHILE RESIDING HISTORICALLY WITHIN VERMONT'S BORDERS, WERE IDENTIFYING AS ... AND HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED EXTERNALLY BY OUTSIDE PEOPLE'S AND AGENCIES HISTORICALLY... AS BEING NON-NATIVE/ FRENCH/ "WHITE" PEOPLE'S.