First, take a review of the "Articles of Association" of the "Abenaki Nation of Vermont" of about January of 1977 (or 1979) .... begin to DO THE MATH ... connect the names, dates, and documentation! Watch as I SHOW and PROVIDE the Paper Trail from Homer Walter St. Francis Sr. through various names, who created various "Inc. Organizations" all the way up to wherein Luke Andrew Willard (with the late Nancy Lee Cote-Rolls) created the "Nulhegan-Coosuk" "Abenaki" "Tribe" in August of 2004.
Whereas, article 1, Section 2a of the by-laws of ASHA states that "ASHAI services shall be available to all Indian people located within the ASHAI Service area"; and
Whereas, Indian Bands are autonomous and sovereign entities within the Indian nations, and
Whereas, Indian Bands have not declared to the Government or any agency thereof the right to determin their membership, and
Whereas, many Indian people, and particularly many members of the first reconstituted Abenaki Tribal Council who were recognized by the State of Vermont are deprived of membership and services by the Abenaki Self Help Association, Inc., and
Whereas, paid employees of the ASHAI were observed throughout the last most recent election using paid time and ASHAI facilities for electioneering to promote the [?] of St. Francis/Sokoki Band members for board seats, thus slanting the election in favor of one Band, and
Whereas, The Abenaki Self Help Association, Inc., has been constantly the subject of nepotism and self serving interests since its inception, and
Whereas, The Missisquoi Band, The Green Mountain Band, and the Eastern Woodlands Band Chiefs and Councils have no input into the program development or policy decisions of the ASHAI, now
Therefore be it resolved:
1. That the Abenaki Nation/Vermont formally withdraws it's support for the policies of ASHAI.
2. That the Abenaki Nation/Vermont formerly withdraws it's support for all the programs of the ASHAI.
3. That the Abenaki Nation/Vermont resolves to compete with the ASHAI for program and services administration for Indian people in Vermont.
Whereas, for the past two centuries, Indian people have been driven from their hunting and fishing and agricultural homeland by the encroachment of European settlements, and
Whereas, these Indian people and their descendants have migrated back to their traditional settlements, and reformed their Tribal Councils, and
Whereas, The Abenaki people have never sold their lands or bargained them away by treaty or other indenture with the States of New York, New Hampshire, or Vermont or the Federal government, and
Whereas, there have been repeated demands for the return of these aboriginal lands by the Abenaki people over the past two centuries, and
Whereas, Indian people hold the land in sacred reverence and the wildlife thereon as gifts from their Creator upon which they have traditionally subsisted, and
Whereas for thousands of years, our ancestors have freely roamed over these lands and hunted, fished, and cultivated and harvested herbs, now
Therefore Be It Resolved:
1. That the Abenaki Nation/Ver,pmt advocates the issuance of free hunting and fishing rights for Abenaki People.
2. That the Abenaki Nation/Vermont advocates the continued use by the Abenaki people of all lands shared by is with or taken from us by white settlers, for hunting, fishing, and gathering of herbs.
3. That the Abenaki Nation/Vermont opposes the licensing or taxing of Abenaki people for any uses of our sacred land or the gifts from our creators which were provided for our use.
Chief Arthur W. Seymour
Missisquoi Band of the Abenaki Nation
ARTICLE IV - POWERS AND LIMITATIONS
This Indian Inter-Tribal Association is empowered to engage in all activities allowable under the provisions of Title 11, Chapter 19 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, as amended, or any future Non-Profit Corporation Act, which serve to futher the purposes set forth in Article III above.
All of the activities of this corporation shall be exercised exclusively for charitable or educational purposes in such manner that this Indian Inter-Tribal Association shall qualify as an exempt organization under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Code of 1954, as it is currently or may hereafter be in force and effect.
ARTICLE V - DEDICATION OF PROPERTY, ASSETS, AND INCOME
This Indian Inter-Tribal Association is formed solely for the purposes set forthe in Article III herein. This Indian Inter-Tribal Association is not organized for pecuniary gain or profit, and it will not distribute any gains, profits, or dividends to the officers or directors thereof, or to any other person, except that it shall be authorized to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments in furtherance of it's specific and primary purposes.
ARTICLE VI - DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
The number and qualifications of directors and officers shall be as provided in the By-Laws.
The initial Board of Directors shall consist of three (3) directors who shall serve until their successors are selected and qualified according to the By-Laws.
The names and addresses of the initial directors are:
ARTICLE VII - REGISTERED OFFICE AND AGENT
The registered office of this Indian Inter-Tribal Associaton shall be:
15 Jewett Street [Rudolph Kent Ouimette's address]
The registered agent at the above address shall be:
***Kdakinna Pobatamwogan Medicine Society
[this Incorporation *** was created on July 17, 1978 by R. Kent Ouimette, Arthur Bill Seymour, Arthur's wife ... Dorothy Seymour, and R. Kent Ouimette's wife ... Viviane Jean (nee: Richard) Ouimette.]
State of Vermont) ss. Swanton, February 2nd, A.D. 1980
On this date, personally appeared Chief Arthur W. Seymour, Chief Wayne J. Hoague, and Chief Richard W. Phillips,
known to me to be the persons whose names they subscribed to the above document and acknowledged that their signing and sealing of this document was their free act and deed, before me,
R. Kent Ouimette
Justice of the Peace
UNDER THE ETHNIC HERITAGE