FAX: November 02, 1995 04:39PM VT SECY OF TRANS. COWASUCK OF NORTH AMERICA
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
THE COWASUCK PURPOSE
The Cowasuck's Purpose in writing this grant is to expand and enhance the already developed (main council) infrastructure which provides services and resources to assist the Cowasuck (COOS) Bands of the Abenaki Nation, *or other Abenaki, and Native American Peoples. These networks ["Abenaki" Corporations] need this grant assistance to provide the much needed services described below. The following network of self help assistance and guidance will increase the service level of the Cowasuck (COOS) Bands of the Abenaki Nation and also promote and provide the basic essentials of life; living without hunger, being clothed, having proper housing, and experiencing the spiritual and cultural awareness that is part of the Abenaki's, *or other Native American's Heritage, as well as the community at large.
1. To preserve and protect the Spiritual and Cultural Heritage of the Cowasuck (COOS) Abenaki Peoples. This would be accomplished by developing educational and cultural programs to teach and preserve the history, legends, lore, religion, language, and culture of the Cowasuck (COOS) Abenaki peoples as a whole.
2. To support Cowasuck (COOS) Abenaki people or other Native American Tribal Councils, groups and organizations in their efforts to preserve and promote Native American issues and concerns.
3. To establish a network of foster and adoptive care homes, and build, purchase or otherwise provide affordable housing for Cowasuck (COOS), *or Abenaki Peoples.
4. To establish employment opportunities by promoting already established Cowasuck (COOS) or Abenaki *or other Native American owned and operated businsess and aiding in developing new businesses.
5. To acquire land with expansion potential to build a Council Hall with a teaching center, tribal court, and rehab center.
6. To establish a legal council and advocacy group to assist in court cases in all areas of the judicial system.
Our objective is to acquire 1000 acres or more of land that has a healthy forest, sufficient open land to support livestock, and a good source of water. It is our philosophy to make this land self sufficient, holistic, and able to support the immediate Cowasuck community working on the grounds. The projected livestock to be raised are as follows: deer, elk, cattle, pigs, rabbits, turkeys, goats. These animals will be raised along with wild edibles, and an abundant fruit, vegetable, and herb garden to be used as a food, medicinally, and a spiritual source for the Cowasucks. Members will also be able to hunt and fish or this land.
It is proposed that land will be gifted or purchased in the future for expansion to meet the needs of the people. The property will be used as a safe refuge for individuals in need, however they will be required to act according to the Abenaki judicial laws and work on the land for their room and board. This property will also be home to the council hall and library. The Council Hall will have a capacity of 500 people, will be used for Abenaki meetings such as cultural, musical, story telling, educational, religious, etc. The library will be an art and literary center where people can enjoy the rich strong culture which makes up the Native American people.
The development of these centers are intended to pay for themselves through there utilization as a living historical museum. Monies will be derived from tourism, educational Native American trips, Pows Wows as well as other ventures that may present themselves. The property will be tax free under the Suzerain-Trust relationship with the respective governments.
This will include the ability for Abenaki* or Native Americans to be able to buy, sell, or trade, tax free, while doing business on this land.
Another use of this purchase is to establish a human care a facility for the elderly, the disabled, child care, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, and other physical educational uses to promote wellness.
Finally, a burial site will be designated using traditional and modern sites. Also a veterans memorial site will be instituted for those who served, past, present, and future.
[NOTE: Remember recently in a posting I mentioned that Howard F. Knight Jr. used the word "suzerain" from the documents (posted earlier) from the Native Peoples Resolution up in Alaska...]
Council Office Expenses for direct cost, indirect cost, including setup costs, and fire and security systems.
Establishment of Genealogy Department, includes computer network between Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada and Vermont and Massachsuetts.
[Roland Demers in Sherbrooke; Howard Knight Jr in Vermont; and either Paul Wilson Pouliot and or Raymond "Loodking Glass" Lussier both in Massachusetts]
Establish Judicial System, includes purchase of State law books, retainage for legal counsel, and legal research.
Revolving loan fund for start up of new enterprises with maximum loan amount of $500.00. Interest will be simple at set at 1% above prime with a maximum pa off period of one year.
Purchase or rental of utililty and office space, for council complex until a larger track of land can be purchased or gifted.
Develop and purchase a Heritage and Cultural Center, which will includes for stories and music and:
1. School presentations in close proximity, as requested in both english and french.
2. Cost to cover direct cost of presenters.
3. Cost to cover miscellaneous materials such as books, brochures, etc.
Research library for cultural and heritage life style, religion, Abenaki history, treaties, etc.
Emergency Reserve fund to supplement any and all funds.
Mens Council newsletters, includes postage, research supplies, for outdoor activities, etc.
Women's Council newsletter, includes postage, learning supplies, education, etc.
Seed money for a Memorial fund, this includes flowers, cards, ceremonial items, etc. This fund will be self sufficient from council donations in the future.
$100.00 Public relation charitable account for non-Abenaki Xmas donation.
River & Stream Water Quality Cleanup Project, this includes the purchase of testing supplies, equipment, testing services, reports, and cleanup activities to be conducted on and and around Lake Memphremagog.
$235,800.00 Total amount of grant requested.
Upon receipt of this grant all expenses will be accounted for and documented. Grantors will receive a copy of the income and expense statements at years end. This is an intitial budget to obtain neccessary funding to help our members and families now and in the future.
*(or) The Council reserves the right to support any group, council, or individual it chooses.