Retired Chief Spokesman/ Senior Advisor
Legal Authorized Agent of the Corporation
Howard F. Knight Jr.
After my official Retirement in Aug. '95, I might be available for Special assignments at the request of the Supreme Council/ Grand Council of the National Federated Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation. HFK
LINK: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_hqC5V9v2WXg/St7A7hry6GI/AAAAAAAABhk/FvV9OYp2vEw/s1600-h/367..jpg Resignation Letter of January 07, 1993 to Paul Wilson Pouliot from Howard Franklin Knight, Jr.
LIKE I SAID
THESE "ABENAKI" CORPORATION'S
About 20 years ago, certain events occurred and actions were taken that started the Medicine Wheel Turning. Now the Medicine Wheel has gone full circle. As everyone knows there is an old axiom "as you sow, so shall you reap", and events as they are now unfolding clearly shows the truth of the Medicine Wheel with its results. This Special Edition of the Dawnland Voice, the official newsletter of the Cowasuck People, shall reveal some of the actions, the events and the reasons of what has been going on. It is time that all of the People of the Abenaki Nation realize what has been happening.
As many of you may know already, and the rumor mills to the contrary, the Councils in Unity, after much discussion of the past, the present and the future at a meeting on April 1, 1995 in Sherbrooke, Que., disbanded the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation International and formed the New National Federation of the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation. Also, after having given Mr. St. Francis a chance, at that meeting, on April 1, 1995, which is now gone of graceful retirement, the Supreme Council ratified its actions of the 23rd of March 1995 in retiring from the office of Grand Chief, Mr. Homer St. Francis. Unfortunately, Mr. St. Francis still doesn't get the message, the days of dictatorial rule and "do as I say, not as I do" are over.
At the April 1, 1995 meeting of the Supreme Council of the National Federation of the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation, with the Original Document of Unity sighed by all the Councils in Unity on August 20, 1994 as the basic document, the Supreme Council also elected a New Grand Chief, Walter Watso of Odenak, Quebec, as well as some other leaders, per our ancient tradition that were needed. It was decided that the rest of the needed leaders to fill the leadership of the Federation will be selected at the next meeting of the Supreme Council, but at least, we were, and we are, finally moving forward, in spite of the , "Old Order's" predictable actions, threats and huffing and puffing.
As may are well aware, the "Old Order" has sent out a lot of very expensive paper that is full of Rabbit, Deer and Moose beans which is only good to start a fire with, if your lucky. We of the Cowasuck Council have decided to ignore the illegal actions of a "Madman gone berserk". We also will look forward and away the rebirth "Like a Phoenix" of a New Council, of the People, at Missisquoi that will come to the Federation, clean and fresh without the stains and dirt of the "Old Order".
The actions that the Supreme Council of the National Federation of the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation have taken are based upon events that have unfolded in the more recent past and of which can be proven by tradition, and by history. Missisquoi does not "Rule the Roost", and does not, and cannot, banish any Abenaki from their ancient territory whether it is in Quebec, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts or Vermont, nor violate any Abenaki person their birthright.
The Cowasuck-Coos Tribal Government has in one form or another always remained within its ancient territory, even when other Abenaki Councils-Tirbal Governments went to Canada at the invitation of the French Colonial Governors, and remained there for a period of time before their return to their respective territories. The modern day Cowasuck-Coos People, under Chief Pero, who died in 1983, were active within their ancient territory at least 10 years prior to any activity at Missisquoi, but they had an advantage; They had the good sense, and smarts, in keeping their heads down and out of the fray that develped and ENSUED, resulting in much controversy during the 1970's and 1980's at Missisquoi, due to Mr. St. Francis and his cohorts in violence when they seized control by, intimidatioin, and/or force, of the Missisquoi Council and the ASHA, even to changing the Missisquoi Council Constitution and By-Laws to legalize as an Abenaki Tradition the idea of Hereditary Chieftainships, which are not, and which will never become such, because, Hereditary leaderships ARE a European concept, not from Abenaki Traditions. Leadership amongst the Abenaki has always been, and shall always remain, elected positions, elected by the Abenaki People and/or through their elected Councils, with decisions being made by concensus as tradition demands, not by "One-Man Rule".
Therefore, to ensure that the full scope of the situation is known to all of the Abenaki People, it now becomes a sad duty, but a necessary one, to make public the following information that: Mr. Homer St. Francis has by his actions and deeds committed the following crimes against the Abenaki People and dishonored the name of every Abenaki Citizen now living, therefore charges are now pending which include, but are not limited to:
1a. Illegal enslavement of the Abenaki People by signing an agreement with a Gambling Syndicate for a Casino, thereby obligating present and future generations of Abenaki People to be at the beck and call of his friends of the Gambling Syndicate.
1b. This obligation to the Gambling Syndicate was made while Mr. St. Francis was the Grand Chief and unknown to the People throughout the Abenaki Nation.
1c. This is one of the reasons why at one time Mr. St. Francis was given an opportunity to retire as Grand Chief, with honor, but that door is now closed.
2. Falsification of documents submitted to the State of Vermont and to the U.S. Gov't concerning Recognition of the Abenaki Nation.
3. Proceeding, without consent, nor the authorization, of the majority of the Abenaki People in signing an agreement with a Gambling Syndicate.
4. Illegally, taking monies form a Gambling Syndicate.
5. Forgery of legal documents.
6. Dishonoring the Abenaki People by creating false rumors.
7. Illegally desenfranchising citizens of the Abenaki Nation, and also the Councils in Unity without just justification.
8. Abusing the Office of Grand Chief for Personal financial gain.