Below is the Missisquoi constitution that describes the structure which maintains authority over its citizens and lists the criteria that needs to be satisfied before a tribal citizenship card is issued.
The Abenaki People of the St. Francis/Sokoki Band of the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi and our descendants, recognizing the need to preserve the heritage of our Ancestors, our culture, our history, our language, our ancestral native lands, and our sovereign right to live free and commune with the spirits of the natural world, do hereby establish this Constitution as the Great Law of the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi.
"Aboriginal" shall mean a person who is identified as a citizen of a Band or Tribe and who is by National, State or Federal definition considered to be an aboriginal by the United States or by any other Band or Tribe.
"Nation" shall mean one or more Bands or Clans sharing a common heritage.
"Council, Band Council, or Tribal Council" shall mean that Council chosen according to the laws of the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi.
A "Citizen" is any enrolled individual of the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi.
The "Board of Elders" is a group of five or more citizens, age 50 years and over, who are steeped in the Law of the Nation.
"Enfranchised" shall mean a person registered on a Band or Tribal list and who is of the full age of fifteen (15) years.
"Tribal Property" shall mean any building, land, structures, or equipment of any nature belonging to and controlled by the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi.
"Tribal Trust Assets" shall mean property of all kinds, real and personal, tangible and intangible, including, but not limited to, stocks, bonds, trade accounts, notes receivables, marketable securities, notes, accounts receivable, equitable assets, probate assets, chattels, nominal assets, mineral rights, fixed assets, investments, real assets, equipment, cash, patents, trademarks, goodwill, and any other liquid or fixed asset.
"Governing Body" shall mean the Band or Tribal Council, chosen by the enfranchised members of the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi according to the voting procedures set forth in this Constitution.
"Abenaki Territory" shall be those geographical areas within the present day borders of the New England States as well as other territories which have been and are now, historically and traditionally, the homelands of the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation and to such other lands as may hereafter be acquired by the Nation or held in trust for the use and benefit of the Nation by the United States.
section 2. Persons desiring to -be considered for citizenship must submit an official enfranchisement form and genealogical proof of Abenaki descent to the Chief and Tribal Council. The Chief and Tribal Council shall review the submission of documentary proof by the ptitioner, making use of the genealogical research conducted by the Abenaki Research Project. The Chief and Tribal Council shall make use of the following criteria in determining eligibility for membership.
a) Documentation of direct descent from an Abenaki family listed on the 1765 James Robertson lease.
b) Any person of Abenaki descent as determined by the Chief and Tribal Council, who is not a citizen of any other North American Tribe and who is not a citizen of any other country, is eligible for citizenship. The Chief and Tribal Council may seek advice and council from the Board of Elders regarding citizenship eligibility.
Section 3. The Tribal Council acts as an advisory group to the chief and shall enact resolutions which shall have the force of law when approved by a simple majority at a regular citizenship meeting. These resolutions will set procedures for the following:
a) Procedures to be followed by a person applying for Tribal citizenship.
b) Procedure to be followed in accepting the voluntary resignation of a Tribal citizen.
c) Citizens are subject to statutes of the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi.
Section 4. Should any protest arise regarding the addition to or the removal from the Tribal Roll or List, the procedure of the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi shall be subject to the statutes.
Section 5. The Chief and Tribal Council shall have the sole and absolute authority with respect to any issue regarding Tribal citizenship. Decisions of the Chief and Tribal Council with respect to Tribal citizenship shall be final and not subject to review by any other authority.
Section 6. Falsification of genealogy and proof of such falsification being brought to the attention of the Chief and Tribal Council shall be cause for expulsion from Tribal citizenship pending due process.
Section 7. Instigating or joining in any treasonous activity directed towards the Chief, Tribal Council or Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi shall be cause for temporary expulsion from citizenship pending due process.
THE BEARER OF THIS CARD IS ENTITLED TO THE ABORIGINAL RIGHT TO FISH, HUNT, TRAP AND FOWL; THE RIGHT OF FREE PASSAGE AND TAX-EXEMPT STATUS AS GUARANTEED AND PROTECTED BY THE COLONIAL TREATIES OF 1713 AND 1717, THE JAY TREATY (1794), THE WASHINGTON TREATY (1812), THE TREATY OF GHENT (1815), THE WASHINGTON TREATY (1842), THE SELF-DETERMINATION ACT (1968) AND OTHERS.
WARNING: UNAUTHORIZED USE, ALTERATION, AND/OR MUTILATION OF THIS IDENTIFICATION CARD IS PROHIBITED. ANY UNOFFICIAL CHANGE WILL RENDER THIS CARD INVALID. VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF ABENAKI LAWS PER ORDER OF THE CHIEF AND TRIBAL COUNCIL. FALSIFYING INFORMATION, LENDING THIS CARD TO ANYONE OR FAILURE TO PRESENT IT WHEN REQUESTED BY A PROPER AUTHORITY IS A VIOLATION OF REGULATIONS AND SUBJECTS THE HOLDER TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION WHICH MAY RESULT IN A FINE OF $1,000.00 AND LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP.On the "Abenaki Tribal Membership Card" (front or reverse), nowhere does it mention or show any portion, part or section pertaining to the "Constitution of the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi" thereon.