"There are two distinct groups pushing for recognition, the sentimentalists and the avaricious."
"Sorrell's position (and also that of Gov. Douglas) AGAINST "Abenaki" "Recognition" may be unpopular among sentimentalists and racial opportunists, but it is the right one for Vermont."
Around The Region
Native American Panel Meets First in Newport
Mabel "Billie" Victoria (nee: Burton) Largy
with Lucy Rose (nee: Pion) Cannon - Neel
(looking at the camera to Billie Largy's left).
Three Abenaki Tribes Seeking State Recognition
By Robin Smith
Continued from Page A1
"I think it's a tragedy. It's something that this commission should take on and deal with," he said.
Others at the well-attended forum and potluck lunch echoed his comments.
The Nulhegan Abenaki tribe would like to see Title VII brought into the schools, Largy said.
The commission is also tasked to update research and books for teachers, Willard said.
"It's going to revolutionize the way we think about Abenaki," Wiseman said.
Sagamoo [Roger A. Sheehan] said there has been a lot of distrust between tribes. "You are probably looking at the most honest, open-minded commission you are going to get," he said.
The willingness to work together drew repeated applause from the more than 40 people at the meeting.
Willard said tribes are agreeing to disagree and still work together.
"No one chief speaks for another," he said.
There are a few who can claim full-blood heritage, many said.
Trying to identify Native Americans by the percentage of Abenaki blood they inherit - be it full, half or less, is a form of genocide, Willard said. Almost every ethnic group has intermarried over time.
Alexie Noyes of Plainfield, VT who said she is a friend of an Abenaki friend, said she was so glad to be at the meeting.
"My hear is so full ... People have decided to sit together in peace."
She said her daughter and son were taught that there were no more Native Americans in Vermont. The eugenics programs of the last century, intended to "clean up the dark people," was "such an institutionalized denial of the past of the state," she said.
"Men in the eugenics program throughout the northern parts of Vermont [sic] to seek out Native Americans to split up families," she said.
Ten years ago, she said, she took her drum to events where she was so warmly received.
"There were women in those old homes who wept when they heard the drums," she said. They were taught to hide their moccasins when they were young.
One tribe, the Clan of the Hawk in Evansville, did not seek recognition Tuesday, said Lorene Liberty-Curtis of the Clan of the Hawk.
"I guess we are just going to keep watch," she said.
The commission voted to update an out-of-date curriculum to distribute to all schools in Vermont.
November is Native American Month in Vermont. The commission intends to make next November a real celebration of Abenaki culture.
The commission intends to meet with Gov.-Elect Peter Shumlin in January.
December 08, 2010
Whitekiller wants law against "impersonating an Indian"
The Chronicle Newspaper
"Abenaki would be subject to state laws"
Letter the Editor
"Legitimate Native Americans can get documentation"
January 12, 2012
the Chronicle Newspaper Page 09
There is the TRUTH and there is the "truth."
the Chronicle Newspaper
"Abenaki chose to hide because they were in danger"
Some Abenaki Close To State Recognition
By Ian Patrick O'Neill
A NOTE OF INTEREST:
There were serious problems of plagiarism in Martin Luther King's academic work. There were serious problems with King's dissertation. Can anyone recall "Barney Rustin" and his 'working relationship' with Michael King a.k.a. "Martin Luther King"?
So, how much plagiarism and 'appropriating' has gone by these dubious "VT/NH Abenakis" whereby the so-called "Abenaki 'culture' and 'heritage' has been fraudulently inappropriately usurped, whether directly or indirectly, from books or from Odanak/Wolinak, by this "Vermont Indigenous Alliance" in part or in whole?
Because Julius Canns own son, Ronald Canns initiated over here in New Hampshire, as an advocate and employee of the Boston Indian Council, solicited groups of alleged and re-invented "Abenakis" and "Penacook" "Indians" in the mid to late 1974 into 1975. Then Ronny Canns jumped the Connecticut River, and went up to the St. Albans/ Swanton, VT area do the same thing, he'd done in the Merrimack County, New Hampshire area. But, then again, Ronald Canns late (now deceased) father, Julius Canns wouldn't mention that publicly now would he, sitting in the VT Legislature or in his advocating of the late (now deceased) Homer St. Francis or Homer's daughter April Merrill, that his son's connections to being the catalyst for the alleged Swanton "Abenaki" community being created, of which Julius Canns himself advocated for "tribal recognition" almost immediately upon stepping into the Montpelier State Legislature in 1992! All one has to do is take a search of archival newspapers in New Hampshire and review what was really going on back then.
Here Rep. Kesha Ram looks at "Nulhegan" "Chief" Donald W. Stevens, Jr. whom is standing with "Elnu" "Chief" Roger A. Sheehan. Some people conclude that Rep. Kesha Ram was ONLY interested in her own "political job security," to be standing there, scoring political points with these dubious "Abenakis." Some people have concluded 'SHAME ON HER' for not standing up against this fraudulent process of "Abenaki" recognition! Especially considering that these very "Abenaki" "Chiefs" attempted to mock her, diminish and ridicule her publicly so some people shake their heads, pondering just WHY would she continually want to be associated with this ilk ... photographically or otherwise?
Again, in my own conclusion(s), I have a name for such people. It's called "political prostitution," and anyone doing such are political prostitutes!
These self-identified "Abenaki" people ought to be
ASHAMED OF THE THEMSELVES!
but they know no guilt
These "Abenaki" groups in VT are what I think of as
The "Recognition Process" for these
ALLEGED and REINVENTED
"Abenakis" of Vermont
(and New Hampshire)
WAS and IS
ALLIED TO THESE GROUPS
Two Abenaki Tribes Now Recognized by the State of Vermont.
[No, that ought to read ... "Two FAKE Contemporaneously created "Abenaki" "Tribes" that have fraudulently been "recognized" naively, by the VT Legislature."]
Nancy Lee (nee: Millette) Doucet
Representative Kesha Ram
Roger "Longtoe" A. Sheehan
Donald Warren Stevens Jr.
Senator Vincent Illuzzi
Nulhegan "Chief" Donald Warren Stevens, Jr.
testifying in front of
Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
Peter W. Galbraith (Clerk)
Timothy Ashe (Vice Chair)
Vincent Illuzzi (Chairman)
William H. Carris
The Coos County Democrat Newspaper
Abenaki Incorporation Confabulations
By Douglas Lloyd Buchholz
Doesn't Luke Andrew Willard look COCKY? SMUG? ARROGANT?
(I think so)
Ahhh, LOOK at the "Nulhegan-Coosuk" FLAG
Quite "Colonial-istic"... to my thinking.
all of it comes conceptually from somewhere else....
NOT from the People's of N'dakinna
Yet, these "Abenaki" "Tribes" sanctioned by the State of Vermont
claim to have all of these "things"
and that they are thee "Abenaki" "Tribes" of VT.
and or N.H.
Another Cocky, SMUG, ARROGANT "Chief" of the
EL-NU "Abenaki" Tribe"
Roger A. "Longtoe" Sheehan
Or was that a part of the TOLBA, Inc.'d in Vermont?
Or a Woodland's Re-Enactor Group?
Or a CONCOCTED/CREATED "Sub-Band"
of the Nancy Millette/ Brian Chenevert led
"Koasek of the Koas" "Abenaki" Tribe"?
Nulhegan and Elnu Abenaki Tribes
Move Towards State Recognition
By Ian Patrick O'Neill
The Caledonian-Record Newspaper
Newport Native American Blasts Vt. Recognition
By Robin Smith
The new appointee's, to the restructured VCNAA are ALL members or allies, to the very groups seeking Vermont State Recognition.
Native American Affairs Chairman Wants Security
By Robin Smith
Page 1 of 1
The Caledonian - Record Newspaper
In My Opinion ...
State Recognition Of The Abenaki ... The Big Picture
By Luke Willard
[Now, this photograph is REALLY 'HISTORICAL ... right'?]
I just want to get my hip-wadders on because it is "deep" alright, this wordy bull-sh** from this Johnson State College Professor loves to fling at the Northeast Kingdom people. And was this so-called Northeast Kingdom "Nulhegan" "Cowasuck" group etc. really, all of 'em "hiding in plain sight" for generations? ... while NO ONE historically bothered to mention such a huge population of "Abenakis" (or should I say Indigenous people?).
NOTICE, that they have vilified anyone (in this "Abenaki" Recognition Process) associated with and or had membership with the Community of Odanak, such as Richard "Skip" Bernier of Coventry, VT. UNLESS such person agrees with the Vermont Indigenous Alliance, such Trudy (nee: Call) Parker, or the like.
Wife of Ernest Walter Largy (son of Walter James Largy and Evangeline Catchpaw)
Mother of Alan Ernest Largy
Mother-in-law of Julia Marie Bracy
A Bed Sheet from Walmart or K-Mart for an Abenaki Dress Regalia?
Must be an Vermont Abenaki Culture Trait eh?
For Native groups, recognition challenged
By Daniel Staples
The Times Argus Newspaper
For Native groups, recognition challenged
By Daniel Staples
March 06, 2011
Willard said one of the problems for the commission was finding expert scholars who are informed about the issues while not connected to the groups.
Every so-called 'Expert' 'scholar' that the restructured current VCNAA and the 'VT Indigenous Alliance' has chosen ... has had and or continues a 'working relationship' with the groups, that comprise the VT Indigenous Alliance groups whom seek VT State Recognition!
"My motivation is first and foremost that these incorporations are not tribes," said Douglas Buchholz.
Buchholz has been following the process and says that these groups solicit membership and have no proof of their ancestry other than "the confabulated stories that have no basis in historical record."
According to Buchholz, the genealogy used for the applications, which has been redacted from the applications that are seen by the public and was left for only the scholarly panelists to review, already has been scrutinized by other scholars and found to be lacking.
Buchholz also reiterated that his opposition to these recognition's in no way minimizes the legitimacy of the heritage of the fraction/minority of the members [such as Jeanne Brink/Trudy Parker/or those descended from an actual historical Abenaki Communitysuch as Odanak or Wolinak] of these groups.
Mr. Wiseman and Mr. Willard fail to show for the interview I had planned
with them. I'm a little surprised, but will track both of them down soon. I
still want to speak to you about a few things.
Call me at work.
(802) 479-0191 ext. 1155
If you get this tonight call me on my cell
Subject: Lost number
I have a meeting with Luke Willard and Dr. Wiseman in less than two hours. I
lost your number, but want to speak to you about a few things.
Call me at (802)479-0191 EXT. 1155
OR on my cell (802)279-9285
Monday, 7 Mar 2011 9:16 AM
From: Fred Wiseman
Cc: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; 'luke
Subject: **SPAM** your article
Dear Mr. Staples,
So you used Bucholz as your source in today's article on recognition.
The whole article is very strange, but I will focus on one assertion which involves my supposed conflict of interest -- which you declined to investigate with regards to professional ethics regarding conflict of interest in the disciplines of geography anthropology, history or folklore - the applicable fields to the professional/academic evaluation of data such as the recognition applications.
"Wiseman gave the leaders of the tribes of the VT Indigenous Alliance documents that set out what information they should include in their applications, and then claimed to be objective in his decisions concerning those tribes when they had utilized the information that he given them for that purpose."
You fail to note the source of this "leaked" document, which was originally sent to Brian Chenevert and Rep. Masland, when I offered to help them seek recognition last spring. You will see above the line where I gave the tribes the info, that I was offering it to them as well. I offer my help to any Native group seeking recognition or with any other kind of problem that my expertise is applicable to. So the preamble of the document proves an absence of bias. My loyalty is always to the data, not the political entities who choose to use it.
never be tolerated in any kind of academic discourse.
Fred M. Wiseman, Ph.D
Their recognition foundation was 'created' out of nothing! The group based in Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont allude and elude, evade and manipulate their claimed 'data' research to imply substantiation. Through Frederick Matthew Wiseman of Johnson State College, these (let's see now...) 6 groups USED his 9and John Scot Moody's work) collected 'research' that the groups coughed up like some sick cat's hair ball, and presented it as the cat's meow to the Vermont Legislature and their 'stacked' VCNAA representatives/ advocates, right along with the VCNAA's hand-picked scholars who were claimed to be 'independent' but actually have a 'working relationship' dynamic that spans years!
The Newport Daily Express
"Experts" allow false claims to slip by
or just read and watch the video:
The Newport Daily Express
State Recognition Process Riddled With Conflicts of Interest
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: VERMONT SENATE ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE ABENAKI VOICES
From: Denise email@example.com
To: Mike Townsend, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: "Denise L. Watso" email@example.com, Richard Bernier firstname.lastname@example.org, timmy email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Subject: Abenaki Pride 2010 for the Historically Known Peoples
Date: April 06, 2010 12:40 AM
Attachments: abenaki fact sht apr 5 2010.doc
To Whom It May Concern:
I humbly request that members of the state legislatures of Vermont oppose S.222, a bill designed to confer state recognition upon groups who claim the rights, lands, and ancestors of Abenaki people without offering any proof to support these claims. I further request that the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs allow testimony from historically-known Abenaki people regardless of whether their primary residence is in Vermont, New York, Canada or elsewhere. We are the "Original Vermonters."
As a historically-known Abenaki person with documented evidence in the records of Vermont, (in the mid 1800's, John Watso, my grandfather's grandfather, shared many Champlain Vally place-names in the Abenaki language with Rowland Robinson), part of our Abenaki original territories, I would like to voice my grave concerns with this bill and the impacts it will have on Abenaki people.How can the Vermont legislature pass such a genocidal law, removing my people from the history books and denying us our rights? How can they accept the word of people who refuse to provide evidence of how they are connected to historically-known Abenaki families? How can this be anything but an abandonment of their responsibilities to the Abenaki people and to all Vermonters, Indian and non-Indian?
Indian law is not the jurisdiction of state government, and our territories extend beyond the boundaries of states and countries. However, state recognition and standing committees can accomplish much good for us all. All historically-known Abenaki people should be recognized by Vermont's government as part of a sovereign nation, and as partners moving into the future.
These new groups such as the "Elnu", the "Koasek", the "St. Francis-Sokoki", and others should be asked to provide their evidence rather than have their claims accepted without question. Just a few years ago, Vermont's Attorney General and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs found no evidence that this last group, the "St. Francis-Sokoki", were anything more than a social group. The first group, the "Elnu", are well-known reenactors. Some Indians are reenactors, but being a reenactor does not make you Indian and therefore eligible for the possibility of Federal Recognition.
The burden of proof must be on these new claimants to our Abenaki heritage, and Vermont's political officials should not allow such a great travesty to pass with a stroke of a pen. These groups are allowed to make claims based on family....
[continued from page 1]
assumptions and declarations of Indian heritage, this is nothing more than self-identification to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the entity that determines and denied the "St. Francis group". The Bill to be decided by the Vermont government is not equipped to make such determinations, possibly perpetuating violence against the original Abenaki of Vermont.
We are a historically documented people. We were never in hiding as the storyline has been woven to support the baseless claims of self-identified "Abenaki". We have suffered the loss of our lands, the denial of our indigenous rights, the creation of an international border, warfare, poverty, oppressive governments, residential schools, racism and so much more. And now outsiders dictate our history to us and demand to be recognized at our expense. Why? So THEY can sell baskets and traditional arts which WE have long produced so that we might survive generation after generation. So THEY can access Federal funds to teach their children about OUR ancestors? So THEY can learn to speak OUR first language? So THEY can continue to claim the bones of OUR ancestors?
This is contrary to the spirit of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples endorsed by S.222. It is not too late, however to address the injustices faced by generations of my people. Now is the time for Vermont's elected leaders to work with historically-known Abenaki people to establish new relationships that respect our indigenous rights and our human dignitity, and that strive to secure a better future for all the residents of our ancient homeland.
Our ancestor's voices will be heard as we continue to speak and keep our names in honor of them. Abenaki names are still alive and spoken, it is not a hidden secret as these self-identified claim. The legislators of Vermont must allow us to voice our grave concerns. This Bill will have the biggest impact and detriment on our Abenaki community, children's future and ancestor's legacy.
We will proudly share our Abenaki history and historically known names with the Vermont State legislators. It is an honor to speak and share our family names well documented in what is now referred to as Vermont.
Denise L. Watso (wajo)
Re: Recognition from the State of Vermont
To whom it may concern,
There exist two Abenaki communities, Wôlinak and Odanak; both are members of the AFNQL [Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador]. Our ancestral territory is mainly found in Quebec and the states of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. However, four "tribes" from Vermont: the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, represented by Roger Longtoe Sheehan, the Nulhegan Abenaki Trib, represented by Don Stevens, the Koasek Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation represented by Nancy Millette-Doucet as well as the St. Francis/Sokoki Band of Abenakis of Vermont aka Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi represented by April St. Francis Merrill, assert they are Abenaki descendants and are either in a recognition process with the State of Vermont or have already been recognized.
Should a non-Aboriginal government (the State of Vermont) have the right to decide who is Abenaki? The answer is NO!!!
The biased process has proven unable to show any tangible or concrete proof of that these groups belong to the proud Abenaki Nation. In addition, the recognition process did not consider one of the most important elements, genealogy. None of these pseudo-tribes had to present their bloodlines!! This is pure and simple theft of our cultural heritage.
I, Jacques T. Watso, elected member of the Abenaki Council of Odanak, do not recognize these pseud tribes in the State of Vermont. I do not recognize the government of Vermont and their recognition process. I will not let a non-Aboriginal government dictate who is Abenaki. Since creation, we have been occupying this territory. We know who our members are!
I storngly recommend that you give no legitimacy to these four pseudo-tribes. To do so would be an insult against the Abenaki Nations of Odanak and Wôlinak.
Jacques T. Watso