Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs
c/o Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
National Life Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-1201
To whom it may concern:
I am writing in support of the Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation of Newbury, Vermont, the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuck-Abenaki of Brownington, Vermont, The St. Francis/Sokoki Band of Swanton, Vermont, and the Elnu Tribe of the Abenaki of Jamaica, Vermont, and their bid for Vermont state recognition as Indian tribes.
I would like to express my great appreciation for their many contributions over the years to our state's historical and cultural awareness, not to mention our knowledge of our own state's ethnic diversity.
These four Native American Bands were one of the pillars of our recent Lake Champlain Quadricentennial, working with Commissioner Bruce Hyde and many state and private organizations such as the ECHO Center in Burlington, and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Basin Harbor.
Their efforts at revising our curricula to better reflect our true history, and their assistance with the accuracy of Vermont's state interpretive markers and museum installations have been invaluable.
Vermont should include our indigenous peoples as we look to the future, and state recognition will go far in helping these and other original Vermonters to sell their wares not only as "Vermont made," but as "Abenaki made."
Lt. Governor, State of Vermont
115 STATE STREET
THE STATE HOUSE
MONTPELIER, VT 05633-5401