I am a descendant of the Millette family of “Petit Village de Rivière-du-Loup” of Yamachiche. I have never been there only there only through the stories of my grandfather. He, as well as all Millette’s behind him are from Yamachiche area.
The things I was told about “Rivière-du-Loup” of Yamachiche;
That the large family of 16 children lived in a small house at Petit Village. They were very poor and sleep in cots above each other. The floor of the house was dirt and in the winter the snow would come into the bedroom at night. The boys would awake in the morning and look at tracks in the floor to see what came through visiting while they were sleeping.
My Grandfather’s brother would go out hunting each day for food for the family. He would leave each morning with his gun and one bullet. He would return each night with game. Sometimes, with as many as five rabbits but every time with his gun and one bullet. This puzzled the younger boys. They couldn’t figure out how he got game and still had his bullet. So one day the boys followed him and finally found out the secret was he used snares!
My Grandfather moved to New Hampshire in the States and he moved, got married and had children he was very poor. One of his brother’s back at “Petit Village de la Rivière-du-Loup” of Yamachiche worked in a mill and would send money or gifts for the kids for Christmas. My Grandfather always wanted to go home to visit so one time he got a babysitter so he and my Grandmother could go home to Petit Village to visit. When he got to the border they told him he could go in, but he could never go back to the States. I am not sure why. But had children back in New Hampshire so he never got to go home again. I am looking forward to going “home” and visiting in my Grandfather’s honor.
My Great Grandfather Christopher Millette came to New Hampshire after my Grandfather moved there. He was very upset about something that happened to his land and home at “Petit Village de la Rivière-du-Loup” of Yamachiche. He got a lawyer and was trying to file a suite against Canada. I am not sure all of the details but hopefully someday will find the records. I know he said Canada took his land while he was gone and he wanted it back.
When in the States my Grandfather was picked on for his accent and was often called “dumb Frenchmen” by drinking buddies which made him very mad! My Great Grandfather was a small man and one night a very large man called him “dumb Frenchman” and my Great Grandfather jumped up and hit the guy so hard he broke the guy’s nose and said “I ain’t NO Frenchman!!” He always said he was Indian.
Retrospectively-speaking, it was on August 01, 2008 that I had posted Nancy's genealogy up online, in varied genealogical forum website, such as www.genform.com, www.ancestry.com, and www.rootsweb.com, etc. Of course, she (Nancy) and her supporters/allies and 'members' of her group INCLUDING Carollee Reynolds herself, quite vehemently began to "smear me" and insinuate and "character assassinate" my person (even more so than they did in 2008) when I was on the Yahoo Message Boards "Olidahozi" and "Abenaki News Issues" etc, simply because of this blog's content and the questions I was asking (as of 2009 herein) of each and every one of them. Naturally, my putting up Nancy's genealogy for the first time, online, caused a outcry protest. Peggy Fullerton, and company made numerous complaints and protests to the above mentioned websites and Message Boards, demanding that Nancy's genealogical ancestors be taken off these sites that I'd mapped out.
Now on March, 03, 2012 Carollee Reynolds did in fact (I see) indeed re-posted Nancy Millette's genealogy up again, online.
Here's the link.
Obviously, after August of 2008, I have done much further research regarding Nancy's ancestors (so didn't Suzette LeClair, Paul Joseph Bunnell, etc.) and what did Nancy Millette-Lyons-Doucet, along with her cronies, do?
Their actions and words speak for themselves eh. Suffice it to say, Nancy did not like the "exposure." Why was she so afraid, and hostile? Here's why.....
Or did the late Nancy (Millette) Cruger, then living in Bethlehem, Grafton County, New Hampshire, working as a 'Town Promoter' for the Town of Littleton, Grafton County, New Hampshire simply "cook up her own little Indian Story" regarding her own Great Grandmother Flora "Una Ana Ingerson" - Hunt MERELY BASED ON Bruchac's Fox Song book AFTER it was published, gifted or bought by her in the winter of 1993 or the Spring of 1994 before her Pow-wow at Remick Park, in Littleton, NH?
I know she just couldn't wait to show "Chief" Homer St. Francis Sr. and "Tribal Judge" Mike Delaney ... her family picture, to them when she'd heard or found out, that they were handing out St. Francis/Sokoki of Missisquoi "Tribal Cards" to anyone that claimed that they were "Abenaki" or Indian. Even Mary Warren got one, and she wasn't even "Abenaki" either!
Then again, I got one too, the previous October of 1993 while living in Washington State, that signed by "Tribal Judge" Mike Delaney, and they didn't even know my family, at all. Go figure. Making up "Abenakis" and "Abenaki" alleged "incorporation's/communities" every which way they could through the years since 1976...... that's what was going on!
How many "abenakis" today are genealogically legit; and how many were simply created out of thin air, based on a "Grandma Said So" dynamic, who got a "Membership Card" or became a "Chief of the Koasek" like Nancy Millette-Doucet did, based on the above 'stories' over the years?
So it is, that it begs to be answered, what in the world possessed Nancy Millette to concoct such a 'story' that Flora was taught by her mother Almire, pretty much anything, when that very mother, left that child's father George W. Ingerson, when the child wasn't even 5 years old?
Just the right time of growing up, to stop making up "stories" and begin knowing when what was coming out of one's mouth, was either the truth or not, to my thinking. Yet, according to Nancy, "she'd made a promise to her Great Grandmother Flora, to find her people."
So, since that is the genealogical reality regarding Nancy's late father's direct paternal lineage ancestry, then really what merit or validity does the notarized March 30, 2007 Affidavit actually have, when it was signed by Nancy Millette-Doucet on that date?
And on another note of address herein, Nancy said in this notarized Affidavit of hers, that she wanted to (quote) "going home and visiting in my Grandfather’s honor." Per this March 30, 2007 Notarized Affidavit she herself signed.
Yet eight (8) days before this Affidavit was created by her, she'd released this news article to the media:
March 22nd, 2007
Meets South at Nawihla!
The Koasek Abenaki Nation will host it’s first Native American Festival and Pow Wow on June 2 and 3, 2007 at the Woodsville Community Field, Woodsville, NH. The schedule includes over 30 arts and crafts venders, four drum groups, December Wind Native Folk Rock Band on Saturday night and a special guest performance each day featuring the Aztec Dancers from Mexico. A detailed time schedule will be available to the public in advance of the Pow wow.
The Luis Salinas and family Aztec dancers have performed all over the United States. They will do many dances and explain their culture and what the dances mean before each performance. The most exciting part of the show will be when they invite the public in the circle to dance with them on some occasions. They will end their performances with a traditional Fire Dance; one of the most outstanding Aztec dances.
The Native American Pow wow has been named Nawihla which in Abenaki means
“ I am returning home”. Haverhill and Newbury meadows have historically been the center of commerce for the Koasek Abenaki until the contact era. Back in historic times many other tribal nations would come to the meadows to trade with Abenaki by way of the Long River ( the Connecticut River). Nawihla will be a huge celebration welcoming the Abenaki and other Native People back home. It is especially an honor for Chief Nancy Lyons to return home with her people. Chief Lyons was born and raised in Haverhill and went to Haverhill Academy and Woodsville High School.
To bring back a glimpse of what life was like for the Abenaki in the meadows the El Nu Abenaki Tribe will set up a historic village complete with blanket trading and craft making demonstrations through out the weekend. The public will be welcome to visit the village and ask questions and even purchase some of the hand tooled items on the trade blankets.
Nawihla organizers have been working in partnership with other area business for the Native American event. Haverhill Alumni Hall will host a lecture with Trudy Ann Parker on May 30th. Trudy Ann Parker (Abenaki) is the author of Aunt Sarah, Woman of the Dawnland and Big Snow Little Snow. Aunt Sarah is a book about Trudy’s Aunt who lived to be 108 winters. Big Snow Little Snow is based on the logging day of the Connecticut River. On May 31st Joseph Firecrow, Northern Cheyenne Granny Nominee will perform a music concert
at Alumni Hall.
Chief Nancy Lyons will be working with area schools on the possibility of featuring Fred Wiseman and his DVD Against the Darkness to area schools prior to the pow wow weekend. Against the Darkness gathers together, for the first time, an impressive array of genealogical information, historic objects, documents and photographs to refute this cleansing of Northeastern indigenous history. Using live action and voiceover by young Abenaki actors and the stirring music of songwriter Peter Buffett, this digital video inspires as
well as informs.
The video footage has been carefully screened by over 100 American and Canadian Abenakis of all ages. Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Wendat, Mohawk, Narragansett, Wampanoag, Pequot, Mahican and Euroamerican elders, scholars and filmmakers provided an "external" Native perspective. Their sage advice has been incorporated into the Against the Darkness System.
The events listed above have been sponsored by the Town of Haverhill, Nootka Lodge, Woodsville Guaranty Bank and Koasek Tribal Nation.
Really? I thought she stated that “Petit Village de la Rivière-du-Loup” of Yamachiche was where her Indian ancestor's "home" was? Either she was confused, making stuff up, or simply needed to get her directions straight, as to where her "home" actually was. Last time I checked, her "home" was in Swiftwater (near Bath Twonship), in Grafton County, New Hampshire living at 45 Pioneer Park, with her husband, Mark E. Doucet!
So which was it? “Petit Village de la Rivière-du-Loup” of Yamachiche or Haverhill, N.H./Newbury, Vermont? I'm sort of confused here (by what she was implying). That's two countries, and 218 miles apart from each other. If her ancestor's home (hypothetically) was, for the sake of argument, this Yamachiche, in Quebec, Canada, then how can she be a "Koasek" "Abenaki"? Secondly, she claimed her ancestors were FROM the Haverhill, N.H. - Newbury, VT areas. Sure, they moved up or down into those area's, from other geographical locations previously. That doesn't make her or those ancestors "Koasek" let alone "Abenakis" now does it?
And that DNA claim of her's by National Genographic after November 27, 2008, I think is just more of her nonsense and delusions. She claimed to be showing the Haplogroup Marker X.
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 2:13 PM
From: email@example.com [Nancy Millette - Doucet]
To: firstname.lastname@example.org [Eric Scott Floyd of Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts]
[she also used the email address of "Nancy Millette" Foxsong06@yahoo.com. foxsong06]
Subject: no more bullshit
My DNA came in from national geographic. I am very much Native American and if I hear anymore bullshit I will be proving in court defamation of character and proof in front of a judge! I am sick of the bullshit from Salmon [Douglas Lloyd Buchholz], Paul Bunnell Paul Pouliot and Ray Lussier. Now I have blood and bone results they better be careful about what they have to say about me or they will see my records up close while sitting on stand in front of a jury!!
Ok, so what does "that" mean?
The mtDNA Haplogroup X Project was opened in May, 2006 per FTDNA.com, as a resource for those wisHaplogroup X diverged from Haplogroup N more than 30,000ybp. It further split more than 20,000ybp into 2 main subgroups, X1 and X2. Haplogroup X is found in Europe, the Near East, Central Asia, North Africa and North America, and is believed to have migrated to the Americas about 15,000 years ago, making up a very small component of the Native American population (less than 3%). Bryan Sykes in his Seven Daughters of Eve book named this mtDNA haplogroup Xenia.hing to learn more about their Haplogroup.
So, again if it (the DNA testing) was so legit, then why didn't Nancy Millette-Doucet state and show the results of that DNA testing; and subsequently allow other's to independently evaluate, the alleged "testing results" and the merit of her claim(s) of being "Abenaki" or "Koasek" etc?
Here's what I previously stated on this blog, my thoughts on DNA testing in regards to Native Americans:
What was Nancy Millette doing? Fill in your answer._________________.
(I know what I wrote down.)
The answer is, that it has no truth to it whatsoever, no standing, no merit, no validity and no truth to her Declarations, her created Oral Histories, her Proclamations, her stories .... whatsoever. Period.
Her ancestor(s) did not go there, they did not live there, they did not visit there, and they did not come from “Petit Village de la Rivière-du-Loup.” If those ancestors did go there, live there, visit there, or leave from there, there would have been some indication historically-socially-and genealogically speaking. But it doesn't exist, because it never existed documentarily in the first place!
It only existed in Nancy's mind......yet again.
She helped herself pure and simply said. In a lot more ways than I will say here.
Say I am wrong? .... I knew her for years too, at least since 1994.
When the FACTS genealogically sat right there in the very Town Clerk's Office's that she'd lived in for years, and the township she was employed in for a number years as well?
She wasn't crippled, she could have done the very same trip down to the Town Clerk's Office's and seen for herself the very same historical records, that I did find. ..... But she didn't. Why not? It was because she wanted to believe what she wanted to. Whether it was truthful or not, is up to interpretation eh.
MYTH, Story-Telling, Concocted "Oral Histories", that have not been SUBSTANTIATED, with any real historical documentation. Why? Because they are not Abenakis in the first place and never were Abenakis?
The rotten apples do not fall far from the rotten tree, as they would say.