KICHI SAGMO WOBIGID NOLKA
HIGH CHIEF WHITE BUCK [Kevin J. Fletcher]
[April 06, 1983]
[inserted/ written onto the document ... "Approved as Noted" BY Howard Franklin Knight, Jr.]
ARTICLE I - ACTIVITIES DETRIMENTAL TO BAND INTEREST (CENSURE)
A.) ANY MEMBER OF THIS TRIBAL COUNCIL WHO SHALL CONSUME OR HAVE IN THEIR POSSESSION ANY ALCOHOL OR DRUGS NOT PRESCRIBED BY A MEDICINE MAN OR DOCTOR, OR SHALL ATTEND A COUNCIL MEETING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SAME, SHALL BE SUBJECT TO CENSURE.
B.) ANY MEMBER OF THE ABANAKI BAND (NORTH EASTERN WOODLANDS - COOS) WHO CARRIES ANY WEAPON ie. (KNIVES, TOMAHAWK, WHIP, RIFLE, PISTOL, ETC.) WILL BE SUBJECT TO CENSURE AND UNDER PENILITY OF PAIN BY SAID COUNCIL.
C.) EXCEPTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS: WHEN A CONTEST OR COMPITION IS SCHUDLED, SPECIAL CERAMONIES OR RITES, DANCE OR SONG COMPETION SCHUDLED BY TRIBAL COUNCIL WILL POST ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THIS SEC.
ARTICLE II - USE OF THE TALKING STICK (COUNCIL MEETINGS)
A.) THE USE OF THE TALKING STICK WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AT ALL COUNCILE MEETINGS AS FOLLOWS:
I. WHEN A COUNCIL CHEIF SPEAKS HE MUST HAVE THE TALKING STICK.
II. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO INTERUPT HIM UNTIL HE HAS SPOKEN HIS MIND AND SOUL, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE TRIBAL HIGH CHEIF OR THE MEDICINE MAN.
III. SAID COUNCIL SUB CHIEF MUST THEN PASS THE TALKING STICK ONTO THE NEXT.
[ A.) I, II, III "Approv. June 1983" "HFK" in a circle]
ARTICLE III - DUE TO TRIBAL CHANGES A NEW ADDRESS WILL BE INSTITUTED
A.) ALL CORRESPONDANCE TO THE North EASTERN WOODLANDS Coos BAND WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
THE SPIRIT BEAR MEDICINE SOCIETY
c/o KICHI SAGMO GHOST BEAR
P O BOX 731 F
LEBANON, N.H. 03766
["Rejected ... June 1983 HFK" handwritten by Howard F. Knight Jr.]
ARTICLE IV - CODE OF SILENTS (COUNCIL MATTERS)
A.) ANY BUSINESS DECUSSED DURING A TRIBLE COUNCIL MEETING OR BETWEEN ANY MEMBER OF SAID COUNCIL MUST BE KEPT IN STRICT CONFIDANCE. NO ONE SHALL DEVOLGE ANY INFORMATION OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL, EXCEPT FOR GENERAL MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION.
[A.) Oct. '83 HFK]
B.) ANY FOUND DICUSSING ANY TRIBAL BUSINESS WILL BE CALLED BEFORE THE TRIBAL COUNCLE AND PLACED IN DISGRACE BEFORE THE GREAT SPIRIT
[b.) Finally - June '84 HFK]
TABOOS OF THE NORTH EASTERN WOODLANDS COOS BAND
[written onto this document ... "All reapproved Oct. '85 as noted HFK]
THE FOLLOWING IS TO BE STRICKLY ADHEARED TO, UNDER PENILYT OF PAIN, ONLY THE TRIBAL SHAMAN OR TRIBAL HIGH CHIEF CAN GIVE DISPENSATION FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
I.) IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN FOR ANY YOUNG UNMARRIED BRAVE TO SLEEP WITH ANY WOMAN WHILE SHE IS HAVING HER PERIOD.
II.) NO WHITE MAN SHALL OBSERVE ANY OF THE HIGH RITES OR CEREMONIES WITH THE EXCEPTION ONLY BY THE COUNCIL AND THE HIGH TRIBAL CHIEF.
[See May 1985 Amendment]
III.) NO SQUAW MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE COUNCIL MEETINGS WITH THE EXCEPETION OF THE TRIBAL SECRETARY. [Revoked - Oct. 1989 HFK EBS ... Howard Frank Knight Jr. and Emerson Bidwell Garfield]
IV.) ONLY THE MEDICINE OR HIGH TRIBAL CHIEF MAY PREPARE THE SACRED PIPE FOR CEREMONIES. NO OTHER MAY EVEN AS MUCH TOUCH IT. [Amended May '85 HFK]
V.) IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN FOR ANY ONE TO DISCUSS ANY MATTERS OF THE COUNCIL WITH OUTSIDERS.
VI.) IT IS FORBIDDEN FOR ANY ONE TO TOUCH ANOTHER'S MEDICINE BAG, UNLESS THE SHAMAN OR TRIBAL CHIEF ARE ASKED TO BLESS IT, OR TO EVOKE STRONG MEDICINE TO ANOTHER MEMBER.
VII.) DURING HIGH RITES OR CEREMONIES, THE SHAMAN AND HIGH TRIBAL CHIEF WILL IN CHARGE OF ALL THE DETAILS, ONCE THE GROUNDS ARE MADE HOLY, NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER PRIOR TO THE ACTUAL TIME OF THE CEREMONY.
[VI. AND VII. Oct. '85 HFK]
VIII.) ALL TRIBAL PUNISHMENT WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE TRIBAL COUNCIL AND FINAL JUDGMENT WILL BE MADE BY THE TRIBAL HIGH CHIEF WITH THE GUIDANCE OF THE SHAMAN. NO OTHER MAY INVOKE PUNISHMENT ON A FELLOW MEMBER. [Amended as per tradition]
IX.) ANY AND ALL MATTERS OF IMPORTANCE WILL BE DUSSCUSED BY THE TRIBAL COUNCIL, AND THEN THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP [inserted ",if Necessary" and in a circle "Oct. '85 HFK"]
Tribal Laws and Taboos
Northeastern Woodlands Tribal Band - Abenaki Nation
Approved May 1985
1. No White man shall observe any of the High Rites or Ceremonies of the Tribal without the expressed permission of the Tribal Council and the High Chief.
Approved May 1985
2. Only the Shaman or the High Chief may prepare the Sacred Pipe for any and all High Rites and Ceremonies. No other may touch it during its preparation.
3. All + any as set forth by the Tribal Council.
AS FOLLOWS IS MORE MANIPULATED
"ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION"
[Here, we can review the actual document manipulation]
ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATON
ASSOCIATION/ CORPORATION [CROSSED OUT]
CONFEDERATION OF ABENAKI
IROQUOIS [CROSSED OUT] ALGONQUIN
[From "Corporation" it was changed to "Association" and from that the document's language "Confederation" in an attempt to legitimize their INCORPORATIONS
into being legitimate
[Notice: the handwritten notation "added per R. Phillips order-in 1980 ... inserted "and to unit ALL TRIBAL BANDS - ALGONQUIN - UNDER ONE Chief;"] ....
And to establish a corporation to serve the needs of the members of North American Indian Tribes and Bands in the Northeast; ....
There are several points of interest in this document ...
ARTICLE VI - DIRECTORS
Each Indian Tribe or Band which is a member of this corporation shall be represented by a person chosen by the governing body of such Indian Tribe or Band, on the Board of Directors of the corporation. The voting rights of the Directors, their powers and authorities, and their duties and responsibilities shall be stated in the By-Laws.
ARTICLE IX - DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
There shall be as many voting directors as there are member Indian Tribes or Bands. The qualifications of directors, their method of selection, and their terms of office shall be as provided in the By-Laws of the corporation.
There shall be a President, an indefinite number of Vice-Presidents, a Secretary, and a Treasurer....
The intial Board of Directors shall consist of one member of each Indian Tribe or Band which is an incorporator hereof, and shall serve until his/her successor is selected and qualified pursuant to the provisions contained in the By-Laws of the corporation.
The names and addresses of the initial directors are:
Chief Arthur W. Seymour
Missisquoi Band of the Abenaki Nation
36 Walnut Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Chief Wayne J. Hoague
Green Mountain Band of the Abenaki Nation
West Swanton, Vermont 05488
Chief Richard W. Phillips
Eastern Woodlands Band of the Abenaki Nation
Highgate Springs, Vermont 05460
[NOTICE: on Page -5- lower section, Howard F. Knight Jr. wrote in, ... "as funds and conditions become available to accomplish the said goal of this paragraph For Coos Group Revised. June 1982 HFK]
[NOTICE: In the upper section of this particular Page -6- that the year of August 10th, 1980, is manipulated/changed/amended in large Black Ink pen, to become "1975," by Howard Franklin Knight Jr. [?] attempting to "push back" the date of this particular incorporation, so that it would seem as if the organization had an "older" foundation (date). "Chief" Wayne J. Hoague had left the Homer St. Francis Sr.'s led group located in Swanton, Vermont by January of 1977, if not not at an earlier date. Therefore, this document is assuredly dated AFTER the year 1975. Richard W. Phillips allegedly signed this Incorporation's "Articles of Association".Pay particular close attention to the signature's for the 3 original Incorporator's (except for Wayne J. Hoague's lack of signature), all three have neat and typed lines, on which to sign their names. Yet, PAY CLOSER ATTENTION to the seemingly manipulated, inserted line onto which ALLEGEDLY, Elwin "Joe" Merle Pero (apparently he went by "Joe" informally) had to sign his name. The date appears to be "7 June 1981" and below his supposed "scrawled signature" it reads, " Chief Joe Pero - Coos Band of the Abenaki Nation, RFD Swanee Bean Road in Thetford, Vermont 05075. On the right hand side of this particular document page, Howard Franklin Knight Jr. did write (his initials) etc., as "HFK to get Joe's signature per order R. Phillips, Chief - Combined Confederation May 1981. Circled is HFK. Done: 7 June 1981 in presence of Alden Palmer - Sr. Councilor". Again, Howard Franklin Knight, Jr.'s placed his initials as being "H.F.K." onto the document.
In retrospect, Elwin "Joe" Merle Pero died on October 13, 1983 ... of a "Widely Metastatic Adenocarcinoma of the Lung" (Cancer) which had been developing for "years" ... and per his Death Record (as well as his marriage record and children's birth records) all indicate that he was "WHITE" as a ethnic-identifier. Why didn't Elwin Merle Pero sign his FULL LEGAL name to such a document, if it had such legal importance? Was this document actually truthfully signed by Elwin "Joe" Pero of Thetford, Vermont with his full awareness, in June 1981? Or was it really in the summer of 1983? Did he have the mental awareness of what he supposed signed?
According to the now-defunct "Koasek (Cowasuck) Traditional Band Council of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation" Website ("As Authorized by the Tribal Council © 2006 and updated on September 18, 2006) ..... "Per the Spring of 1981 Chief Phillips suddenly quits (no reason was given) as the Band Chief ... and Awassos (Bear) Clan Chief, [Arthur W. Seymour] takes over temporarily as the Band reorganizes after he takes the ancient Cowasuck oath of being a servant of all the Cowasuck People that he will represent from that day forward. In the Fall of 1981, Chief "Joe" Pero is ALLEGEDLY chosen as Band Chief and holds the office until his death and Tolba Clan Chief, Howard F. Knight Jr, is elected as "Acting" Band Chief of the "Northeast Woodlands Band of the Abenaki Nation" until after Chief "Joe" Pero "passes over the river" in 1983.
WAIT JUST A MINUTE...on the Koasek of the Koas Inc. website, it indicated that "Joe" Pero was made "Chief" allegedly in 1980 in one section ... yet ... according to this "Time-Line" History of The "Koasek" Band, it later states that in the Spring of 1947, Elwin "Joe" Pero of Thetford, Vt is chosen as Sachem (Chief) Nolka (Deer) Clan of the Cowasuck by his uncle. He serves as Clan Chief until his death in 1983. His brother, Reginald, succeeds him as Nolka Clan Sachem until his death in the 1990's [actually, Reginald Arthur Pero died on May 03, 1993 in Thetford Center, VT]. Present Nolka Clan Chief unknown.
Didn't Richard Phillips, surrender his "position" as "High Chief" of the "Woobanakick Eastern Woodlands Abenaki Nation Vermont band", on 19 March 1983? So, the question begs to be answered, as to how Howard Knight Jr. could be "Acting" Band Chief of the "Northeast Woodlands Band of the Abenaki Nation Inc." in the Fall of 1981, BEFORE Richard Wilfred Phillips had supposedly created and signed this "Declaration" surrendering his Chief-lie-ness of an incorporation that he, in part, created in 1979 with Wayne Hoague and Arthur "Bill" W. Seymore?
IF anyone stupidly assumes these are allegedly stolen document records (as both Howard F. Knight Jr. and his sidekick Paul W. Pouliot, so want to believe and convince people, that these records MUST BE THEIR ALLEGEDLY "STOLEN" RECORDS, I have News Bulletin for the both of them!) ... LOOK at the Richard Phillips concocted "Declaration" document again, that was dated March 19, 1983. See that "Stick-Em Note" paper attached to that document? Get a really good look at it now!
That is Paul Tamburro's handwritting! Paul Tamburro was a member of Paul Wilson Pouliot's "Culture Vulture Incorporate Club" a.k.a. COWASUCK OF NORTH AMERICA, INC. located in Franklin, Worcester County, Massachusetts for years! (This group was created in part by Howard Knight Jr. in late 1992 and or early 1993) Mr. Tamburro LEFT Paul's Incorporate group in 1998 -2002. With the documentation copies, in his possession, that he got from Howard Knight Jr. Subsequently, Paul Wilson Pouliot gave to Paul Rene Tamburro (in Tamburro's appointed position on and after Sept. 01, 1993) as "Emissary and Tribal Representative" in the states of California, Oregon, and Washington ... Tamburro received documents freely and willingly from Paul Pouliot, Howard Knight Jr. etc.
Paul Tamburro was also appointed by Paul W. Pouliot as being the "Cultural Sub-Chief" for the Cowasuck Band-Pennacook/Abenaki People.
I'll get into the "details" about Paul Rene Tamburro later on, as I work on these documents and post them on this blog. Yet, [AFTER?] Paul R. Tamburro was removed or had removed himself from Paul Pouliot's Inc. group (either in 1998 or 2002) and Tamburro had joined up with the "Traditional Abenaki of Miazipskwik and Related Bands" Inc. and led by Connie Brow (Homer's cousin), George Gromley, David R. Gilman, John K. Lawyer, and Ina Emily (nee: Thompson) ... he mailed or handed-over-in-person these documents (copies?) to Bruce Dubois.
It is to my thinking, that these documents subsequently went "all over the place" and eventually arrived into my possession. Now I share them on this blog, in black and white clarity. The documents in my possession were NEVER stolen in the first place, from either Howard Franklin Knight Jr. nor Paul Wilson Pouliot. Their claiming or implying that these documents ARE the documents that these two people (Cowasuck Chiefs?) who both CLAIM are THEIR "stolen records" is just plain BULLSH**, and their confabulated "stories" of having had their documents stolen from some unknown person or persons, is simply a confabulation on each of their parts, to try and protect their playing around with the 3 D's.
For all of you folks out there that didn't go past 8th Grade math, or simply are confused at this point, reading this blog lately ....
1. Wayne J. Hoague was the 1st appointed/elected "Chief" of ASHAI.
2. "Chief" Homer W. St. Francis Sr. took over the "Inc" Chief position and R. Kent Ouimette helped oust (remove) Wayne Hoague.
3. Wayne Hoague complained in January 1977 in the Burlington Free Press newspaper, about the 3 D's going on within ASHAI.
4. He was declared that he was no longer "Abenaki" by Homer's follower's, etc.
5. Wayne, Richard, and Arthur created a new "Abenaki" Inc. sandbox in which they all could play in and invite others to play in as well, attempting to gain Federal Funding, like the Homer Camp was suddenly receiving.
6. Howard Knight, Jr. relocated to Vermont from Texas with his wife and children in 1979, and whereupon seeing that it could be FUN to play in the "Abenaki" "Cowasuck" Inc. sandbox to he joined up with his sidekick Phonie Cowasuck Abenaki Culture Vulture, Mr. "Joe" Pero and Co. R. Kent Ouimette and Richard Phillips were as I said before, living together at 15 Jewett Street in Swanton, Vermont.
Let's see here, Rudolph Kent Ouimette was born on July 17th, 1942 in Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont. Richard "Blackhorse" Phillips was born on April 04, 1937 in Fort Edward, Washington County, New York. Richard Phillip's daughter was born on October 20th, 1965 in Morrisville, Lamoille County, Vermont. Rudolph Kent Ouimette would have been a lot older than Kathy Joyce Phillips, if my math is correct. He was married to Viviane Jean (nee: Richard) at the time of ca. 1980-1981 and R. Kent Ouimette and his wife had a son Duane M. Ouimette on September 23, 1964 in the state of Georgia.
The result of this research, STRONGLY INDICATES, what exactly the stated "family pressure and obligations" might have been, that caused Richard W. Phillips to surrender his "High Chief" position within the Incorporation supposedly on March 19, 1983. And IF folks doubt my conclusion's, here is the actual page from Winifred A. (nee: Jerome) "Morning Star" Yaratz. She is a member of the Abenaki Nation in Swanton, Vermont.
Per the Winifred A. (nee: Jerome) "Morning Star" Yaratz book's 1st and 2nd Printing on Michael Phillips Descendants on Page 12 [Page 224 in my indexing] of the "genealogical" section, it reads as follows:
Kathy Joyce Phillips Born Oct. 20, 1965 in Morrisville, Vermont
Father Richard Wilfred Phillips [NOT Wilford]
Mother Theresa Hill
Kathy lives with Kent Ouimette Unmarried
Kathy J. Phillips and Kent Ouimett's Children:
1. Kasey Ouimette Born April 23, 1980 Adopted by a Family by the name of Unknown Death
2. Erin Ouimett Born Dec. 5, 1981 Adopted by a Family by the name of Death
[Winifred Yaratz attempted to "distort" or "cloak" the truth ... I can understand why. Considering the age difference between R. Kent Ouimette ... an adult ... and Richard's daughter Kathy Phillips ... considering she was only 14 years, 6 months and 3 days of age when her 1st child was born. Then again, if one takes approximately 9 months from 14.6 years and then that would make Kathy Joyce Phillips merely 13 years old when she became pregnant! She was 16 years, 1 month and 15 days of age when her 2nd child was born. Again, taking 9 months from the time of the birth of said child, and that would make Kathy Phillips only 15 years of age when she became pregnant with a 2nd child by Ouimette.
Well, obviously SOMETHING was not appropriate going on!
Clearly and convincingly, the TRUTHFUL reality, shows and provides the very likely reason(s) why Richard W. Phillips suddenly "out of the blue" abandoned the Inc. group BEFORE March 19, 1983! It was NOT "just out of the blue" reason(s) that Phillips left this concocted Inc. group of ALLEGED AND REINVENTED "COWASUCK ABENAKIS". There were very discernible "reasons" (and the dynamics, were documented by Winifred Yaratz, etc). So, contrary to Howard F. Knight's "manipulations" and attempted concealment of the truthful documentation (that he himself signed) the truthful reality of the 3 D's becomes ever more apparent!
7. Richard "Blackhorse" Wilfred Phillips suddenly left the NE Woodlands Inc. group, "due to family pressures and obligations" when all this was Ouimette/Kathy Phillips "business" was going on. That is what was, and is the reality of the situation back then!
[I am not exposing this historical dynamic, to harm anyone, yet I have to bring these "details" to light, to EXPLAIN the Mar. 19. 1983 document and how/why it was created in the first place, and at the same time, show and provide the evidence as to the LIES and DISTORTIONS coming out of the mouth of Howard Franklin Knight's mouth from the early 1980's onward]
8. Because Richard Phillips was one of the three Original Incorporator's of that Inc., and when he had left that particular group suddenly "out of the blue", Howard Knight Jr. conveniently, created the March 19, 1983 document, to explain away Richard Phillips absence. Subsequently, documentarily by seemingly forging names, Howard Knight Jr. sought to "take over" the leadership of the Inc. group in a way, that at least "on paper" would seem to look "legitimate," on the surface of reviewing such documents.
Yet, it was all confabulated B.S. right along with their contemporary "stories" that "their records" "were stolen."
All one has to do is take a closer look at the documents and do the math. It just does not add up, when all the documents are examined. Something not right was going on, and some "Chief's" were/ are being VERY deceitful, dishonest, and manipulating reality, bending it to suit their agenda's, twisting the truth AGAINST the Abenaki Ancestors. At least that is my conclusion(s).
History just loves to repeat itself