Luke Andrew Willard resigns as Chair of Vermont Indian Commission
May 8 2013
November 30 2006
Mark Mitchell is appointed to the VCNAA by Governor Jim Douglas.
Mitchell is also a member of the St. Francis/Sokoki Band of Abenaki Indians of Missisquoi.
September 01, 2008
Mark William Mitchell resigns as VCNAA Chairman.
2. Donald W. Stevens Jr. = Homer/ April St. Francis-Merrill's STOOGE - PUPPET
Don Stevens appointed Chairman of the VCNAA by Governor Jim Douglas.
Donald Stevens, a Missisquoi Abenaki.
Donald Stevens, a member of the St. Francis/Sokoki Band of Abenaki Indians of Missisquoi.
December 02, 2008
Charlene (nee: Willing) McManis Resigns from Vermont Native American Commission.
May 05, 2009
Donald Stevens resigns as VCNAA Chairman.
3. Paul Davis Bell = Homer/ April St. Francis-Merrill's STOOGE - PUPPET
January 16, 2009
Governor Jim Douglas on appointed Paul Davis Bell from Colchester, Chittenden County, Vermont to replace Charlene McManis on the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs.
Paul Bell is a member of the St Francis/Sokoki Band of Abenaki Indians of Missisquoi. He was a former Tribal Council member.
May 27, 2009
Paul Bell resigns as VCNAA Chairman.
4. Charles L. Delaney Jr. = Homer/ April St. Francis-Merrill's STOOGE - PUPPET
November 05, 2009
Governor Jim Douglas appoints Delaney-Megeso, Chair of VCNAA
Charles Delaney-Megeso was the Missisquoi St. Francis/Sokoki Abenaki Band’s Ambassador to the Vermont and U.S. governments during part of the 1990's.
June 22, 2010
Charles “Megeso” Lawrence Delaney Jr. resigns as VCNAA Chairman.
These Chairpersons of the VCNAA proceeded to manipulate, deceive, and complained only to resign and then complain and whine some ever more so about the VCNAA because they wanted to make the VCNAA "look bad" ... because they wanted to manipulate the SYSTEM, to CHALLENGE it, and thereby subsequently hoping to PLACE their groups sole REPRESENTATIVE'S on the VCNAA (eventually), so that they could direct the VCNAA, to be able to GRANT THEMSELVES approval for State of Vermont Recognition, with the illusion of transparency and unbiased aura.
The ONLY person's "who stalled all business because of their own destructive agendas and refusal to set their sights on positive goals for the betterment of Vermont's Indian people" were these afore-mentioned VCNAA Chair person's ... 'their supporters'/allies and or 'members' of April St. Francis - Merrill, like Charlene McManus (the VCNAA Secretary at the time!); simply BECAUSE they did not want a TRANSPARENT and UNBIASED Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. The Chair person's who were and are REPRESENTATIVE of and AGENTS for primarily the Swanton-based group WANTED to gain POWER and to be in CONTROL of the VCNAA, so that they could then APPROVE their own State Reocgnition (s) when the possible time came.
And let's not forget Frederick Matthew Wiseman, PhD of Johnson State College who clearly and obviously manipulated the "scholarly" data that he used, for his own POLITICAL "Abenaki" agenda, as he was also Homer/ April St. Francis-Merrill's STOOGE - PUPPET as well.
For example, the falsification and intentional mis-identification of those particular Four Indians of Alburg, Grand Isle County, Vermont ca. 1863; and that RPPC Postcard image of Chief Nicholas Panadis of the Waubanakus, Highgate, Vermont.
The new commission was made up of people who were mostly new to the bureaucratic environment and therefore had not yet become jaded or ineffective by it.
This is obviously my resignation from the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. It is effective immediately. I say no goodbye's because I'm not going anywhere and I look forward to maintaining friendships and working relationships with each of you.
A few parting words of advice...
Do not let the Division for Historic Preservation lord over you. They have a duty to provide you with certain services and assistance, not the other way around. Lastly, and if you remember anything about my service to Vermont's Abenaki people, please remember this - CHALLENGE THE SYSTEM.
Please SPARE us Luke Willard of your mouthy diatribe of egotistical arrogant B.S. Nonsense about how the "new" Commission you were Chair person on, allegedly was any 'better-than' in comparative to the previously appointed one.
You all approved yourselves for VT State Recognition GENERICALLY, and were "evaluated" by your hand-picked "Scholars" who've had a working-relationship for retrospective years with your "Abenaki" Indian-ist incorporation's, and then were approved by the allied Vermont Politicians Illuzzi, and Hinda Miller ... to name just a few.
There was NO REAL independent, unbiased EVALUATION/ VALIDATION/SUBSTANTIATION of ANY of the FOUR groups (or is that 5 now?) Application's content/claims regarding their data used for Vermont Recognition. It was not "historical" let alone valid data. No one really did any homework, or background research into these groups genealogies, socially or historically, of anyone's members sovereign from this "Abenaki" ilk in Vermont. They used particular "front" people like Trudy (nee: Call) Parker, Norm M'Sadoques and others (like Jeanne Brink and Cheryl Heath), to make it APPEAR that the genealogical records of the whole groups were allegedly Abenaki Ancestor connected.
Timothy de la Bruere and Louise (nee: Lampman) Larivee TRIED to obtain Title V and VII over to Orleans County, Vermont for the "Abenaki" residing there. They couldn't get it.
I think it was because of subtle manipulation(s) and SABOTAGE by none other than April St. Francis Merrill and Jeff Benay, creating "walls" that Louise and Tim de la Bruere couldn't climb over. So they abandoned that endeavor, out of sheer frustration.
Or was it because of an alleged signed CONTRACT by Senator Patrick Leahy and the so-called Missisquoi-Sokoki group, led by then Blackie Lampman and or Homer ... and subsequently by Homer's only daughter April A. St. Francis-Merrill, that Title V and VII would BE available and ACCESSIBLE ONLY to that "particular Swanton-based group" of alleged and re-invented "Abenakis" ???
But, once the "new" VCNAA Commission was installed/appointed, the "walls" seemingly disappeared and the newly reconstructed/restructured VCNAA sought Title V and VII Indian Education with renewed vigor, and did obtain Title V and VII over into Orleans County, Vermont (?). Now they want to tap into Indian Child Welfare, meant for legitimately documented Native American's that are Federally Recognized. They want the $$$$, the Grants, and the Right, Title and Interest that Federally Recognized BIA Native People's have, without ever really having to SHOW - PROVIDE or SUBSTANTIATE that they are even Abenakis or even Indians, in fact, genealogically or otherwise.
It's all about POWER and CONTROL through your inflated EGO's, led by the likes of Luke Andrew Willard and his cronies. It's about Identity Theft against the Abenakis, their ancestors of yesterday and their descendants today and tomorrow. It's about DISTORTING and REWRITING Abenakis further out of existence, and INSERTING yourselves into the reality of BEING ABENAKIS, of which does not legitimately belong to you people.
You are a bought-and-sold "Wannabiak", a _________ to my thinking Luke Willard ... to the very SYSTEM that you claim to allegedly "challenge"! Right along with everyone else on that VCNAA, to my thinking. And running off to enjoy the woods, plant your seeds in that contemporary "mound gardening" you mimic from Rasle's book, and rekindling old friendships with your like-minded ilk you call your "friends" is so your modus operandi. Everyone of the VCNAA Chairpersons, INCLUDING you, have RESIGNED. I wonder why that is. Because it isn't too your liking? Oh yeah, that's right. YOU got what you wanted, and for months you just stopped answering emails from the VCNAA and even stopped attending the meetings.
You all are Wannabiak, officially by the State of Vermont Legislature and Governor merely GENERICALLY "recognized" ; not as an Abenaki man, not as an Abenaki Tribe either.
Hmm ... running around retrospective-speaking, with Bruce Louis DuBois and Richard "Skip" Bernier while claiming to be "Nulhegan" creating and incorporating that newly constructed group in 2004 with Nancy Cote and Billy Largy (aka Mabel Victoria nee: Burton), while BEING A MEMBER (card-holder) of yet another group? Tell me it isn't so! Were you Band Hopping and Shopping like so many others Luke?
How many generic "Abenaki" Wannabiak groups were you in and got a membership card with Luke Andrew Willard? 3-4-5-6 or 7?
If Homer St. Francis Sr. could do it ... If Howard F. Knight, Jr could do it ... if Paul Wilson Pouliot could do it ETC ETC then David Descouteaux - Hill and Reynold Choiniere could do it too.
So like all good little boys in Vermont wanting to grow up and be a Wannabiak, Luke Willard learned to INCORPORATE, creating his very own make-believe "Abenaki" Club now officially called a Vermont Recognized GENERIC "Tribe" from these afore-mentioned "Chiefs" and he also built himself probably Tree Fort and all (Even making his very own Membership Cards now that he signs and issues for $$$) while his cronies Donald Warren Stevens Jr.and Billy Largy solicited by email, telephone etc, new members from all across Vermont into the "Abenaki" Club.
They could all be "abenaki" "artists" together in one Big Happy Nulhegan Indian-ist Family in Orleans County, Vermont ... telling their wannabiak Fairy Tales (and those stories are SCARY, I assure you) over a evening fire, drum and beater in-hand, while the children listen naively to their Wannabiak "Elders", so that they too can grow up as Wannabiak, just like their parent(s) !!
Heck, even Jeanne Lincoln-Kent, Sherry Gould and Paul Tamburro joined the Nulhegan Bunch, and got their "Cards" BTW, Jeanne lives in Winsted, CT, Paul Tamburro lives in WA or Illinois (or wherever), and Sherry/Bill Gould live in Bradford, New Hampshire.
May 16, 2002
Fax'd Email Message
Vermont State Legislature
Vermont State Senate
Ladies and Gentleman:
It is hereby agreed that the Vermont Abenaki, including but not limited to, the Algonquin-Wabanaki Confederation, the St. Francis-Sokoki Band, the Clan of the Hawk, the Alnobak Nebasakiak and other sub-clans, have occupied and inhabited the land we know as the State of Vermont since time immemorial.
It is also agreed that there is no proof that the Abenaki knowingly or cooperatively extinguished Aboriginal Title to the land occupied by the State of Vermont.
It is finally agreed that the Vermont Abenaki, defined above, should receive the status of recognition at the state level, which would lead to federal recognition to preserve their culture, heritage, and sovereignty for future generations.
From: Northern Border
Luke A. Willard
To: Clan of the Hawk
Chief Spirit Water
Did Mr. Luke Andrew Willard EVER SUBMIT ANY SUBSTANTIATING DOCUMENTATION, GENEALOGICALLY-SPEAKING, to ever validate his claims of being "Abenaki"? I think not.
Myra Mae Leonard, born September 23, 1887 at Barton, Orleans County, Vermont was the daughter of Michel "Mitchell" Lyonnais dit Leonard [who was born 20 Oct 1855 at Ste. Thomas d' Aquin, Compton, Compton County, Quebec, Canada] [NOT Ste. Thomas de. Pierreville in Odanak, Quebec, Canada!] and his wife, Rosa Phebe Jéróme, born to John Jéróme and Adaline Spring whom married 15 Aug 1860 in Glover, Orleans County, Vermont. This John Jéróme did IN FACT, have some sort of connection(s) to the Chittenden County-based Jéróme's, him having married first, to Julie Anne Julian on 30 Oct 1844 in Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont.
Myra Mae (nee: Leonard) married to Samuel Charles Paul in 1908. His parents were William Francis Paul and Lydia Ann DeGoosh. Lydia's 1st husband was Joseph Labarre dit Labor. It was this Joseph and Lydia, who ARE the ancestors of Leigh Larocque (the Vermont Legislative Politician), Darryl (Darrell) Richard Larocque, and indeed Joseph and Lydia are the ancestors of Jesse James Larocque, the ash basket maker; including Wes J. Davey, Charles "Chuck" Carl Labor, and many more....
What is interesting doing a genealogical research of the Lyonnais dit Leonard is that his sister Marie Celina Lyonnais dit Leonard married to Eusebe Vallée, and it was Marie and Eusebe's daughter, Marie Louise Vallée whom married on October 29, 1907 to Louis Panadis dit Benedict, son of Edwin Panadis dit Benedict and Marie Anne Denis, WHO WERE ABENAKIS of Odanak!
Evelyn S. (nee: Storey) Willard
Where is that historical family Bible Luke, that you SAY shows alleged connection(s) to the Watso Otôndosonne Otôdoson ancestry, connected to Odanak down to your ancestor(s)? WHY didn't you PROVIDE that evidence to Bruce and Skip Bernier between 2002 and 2005? I don't think you could then, I don't think you can now. Because the "evidence" NEVER EXISTED in the first place, in your possession or in anyone else's Luke.
January 19, 2004
From: Luke Willard
Bruce Louis Dubois,
“How could you do that to me? You told me many times that you didn’t know how to lie. That statement alone was a lie. The last time we saw each other we made amends, shook hands, and even hugged. I know now that it was just an act, like the rest of your life. I am going to respond on Wobanaki [Yahoo Message Board] to your posting, but not until I have calmed down. I don’t want to do it, because even after everything that happened I still felt down deep that we were friends and that we were just going over one of those bumps in the road.
Bruce, I am Abenaki and I CAN PROVE IT! You don’t know nearly as much about genealogy as you think you do. In the past year I have accumulated more information on Abenaki families than you guys will ever have. As I said, I do not want to do it, but I am going to respond with the same cruelty and I will do my best to discredit and humiliate you, as you have me ….”
P.O. Box 1251
Derby Line, Vt. 05830
Thank you for your time, we await your response and if there is anything you could do to help with my search on Luke, I would greatly appreciate it.
Cindy and Dawn
Cindy Lee Dague and Dawn Macie are daughters to Nancy Lee Alice (nee: Côté) Thomas - Dague – Rolls (formerly married to Charles Wendel Thomas and James Walter Dague)
In Derby Line
Local Abenakis forming a new band, seeking state recognition
By Anne L. Squire
Express Staff Writer
DERBY LINE -- For 30 years, various groups of Abenakis have petitioned the Legislature and the governors for state recognition. This status would give that group an official status within Vermont. Federal recognition, which has very specific criteria and is usually much harder to achieve, brings benefits such as health access and scholarships. Many tribes that have federal recognition have casinos on their land, which bring the tribes a considerable amount of money because Indian casinos are exempt from federal taxes.
For most of the 70's and 80's the most vocal Abenaki group in Vermont was the group at Swanton, under the leadership of the late Homer St. Francis. That group applied for state recognition, but Attorney General William Sorrell
--------See Abenakis Page Nine.......
From: Nancy Cote
To: Grandfather Thibault
Subject: First Natioins
Kwai Grandfather [Phillip J. Thibault]
This attachment is meant to dissolve the majority of people within the
Nulhegan Band from the fact that things were down without the consensus of
the entire group and especially without permission from the chief and sub
All of us realize that this has gone far enough and that we have made a
horrible mistake by using our hearts to think that someone could change, we
were wrong in doing so.
I have tried to talk honorably on your site but cannot stay silent too much longer with this individual [Luke Andrew Willard] slamming everyone. He has a personal agenda of his own and furthermore I have much proof documented to back up this statement.
Do what you want with the letter about the Woodpecker, a wise individual gave this to the group to protect us from the ways of a young, willful, self serving, warrior want to be individual.
My apologies come to you sincerely as I am honored to have your opinions on all things. The majority of the people including the chiefs Raymond Bernier and Charlie Girard have given permission for me to use their names to rectify this situation. Today I have started and it will be done honorably with the consensus of all for the purpose of today and the tomorrows of our children and their children.
With much love,
Subject: Re: [NA-ABENAKI] VT Local Abenakis forming a new band, seeking state recognition
Wood Pecker - "Lobatahigasak"
(half red-head )
The Power of Rhythm and Discrimination History is filled with pieces of discrimination against Native Peoples, separating them from their Ancient Cultural Traditions. People, as individuals are just jumping into situations with little or no analysis.their sharp bill and it's long tongue can reflect their own mental faculties
to show how in their daily mental ideals "their true selves," and their own flight, unique to only themselves.
This conspicuous behavior is not in the best interest to the greater rhythm of all our peoples needs, to unite and facilitate our common ancestral heritage, that is the foundation we must all build upon.
It will take many wise Elders to resolve this problem. We are as a community, working towards those goals, and openly except greater wisdom linked to this resolution. It is important for all to examine this dimension
of those who are just jumping into things, (as we are within our own peoples) to resolve this issue among our own foundation, so that we truly are on the right path.
We highly respect your wisdom given, and are awakening to our needs to beconnected, to the greater rhythms of all our Abenaki peoples needs. as a Nation - confederated as it was when the drum sang as the heartbeat of all our peoples.
We are undergoing transformations within our own consciousness and our doors are open - extending a courtesy and a gentle heart towards one and all. The tools of transformation must be properly gathered from all sources, so we extend a courtesy to all to help us see the greater vision in uniting our peoples.
We have some internal affairs under consideration linked to a certain individual who is jumping into situations with little or no analysis, acting on their own. Therefore, this matter is being closely investigated. We are all searching for our voice that leads us to unity respectfully. We are humble to Creator, and seek his Spiritual Guidance.
Did you notice on the Incorporation papers, that Nancy Cote - Rolls SHUT DOWN the Incorporation in October 2004, and then it was later re-activated again? How is this a bon-a-fide legitmate Abenaki Tribe, what with her and they doing these tactics and manipulations?
Luke was SOOOOOOO Nulhegan-Coosuk that he joined:
Luke was SOOOOOOO Nulhegan-Coosuk that he joined:
Luke was SOOOOOOO Nulhegan-Coosuk that he joined:
Luke was SOOOOOOO Nulhegan-Coosuk that he created his very own "Tribe":
Please refer to this area of my blog:
Read the ENTIRE Open Letter to Governor Jim Douglas.
Luke Andrew Willard and his cronies of like-minded ilk, went after very specific person's on the VCNAA prior to ...
... that being namely Judy (nee: Fortin) Dow - Timothy de la Bruere - and Jeanne Brink retrospectively-speaking.
WHY? Because of these 3 people on the VCNAA seeking a TRANSPARENT TRUTHFUL UNBIASED RECOGNITION PROCESS, FOR EVERYONE throughout Vermont.
Directly and indirectly ... these 3 VCNAA persons became a THREAT.
Raymond "Palm Reading" Lussier, Jeanne (nee: Lalime) Lincoln Kent, Frederick M. Wiseman PhD all wrote letters of angst and with an 'axe-to-grind' against Mrs. Dow, Jeanne Brink and Tim de la Bruere.
They claimed Jeanne Brink and Tim de la Bruere were somehow "agents" of Odanak, out to stop these alleged and re-invented groups self-proclaiming to be "Abenaki Bands or Tribes" from gaining Vermont State Recognition. Both Jeanne Brink and Tim de la Bruere were BORN IN VERMONT. Yet, in a game of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey (the 'tail' being ODANAK) the Vermont Indigenous Alliance and their Professor from Johnson State College felt THREATENED by these two O'Bomsawin descendants!
They claimed Odanak wanted LAND in Vermont, and that they wanted to pursue Casino Gambling within Vermont.
To 'take out' Judy Dow, April St. Francis - Rushlow - Merrill resorted to calling or communicating with Judy Fortin - Dow's estranged sister Nancy Comstock by telephone call which April Merrill alleges to have received on March 1, 2008 at 8:50 AM.
April St. Francis - Merrill had to DISCREDIT Judy (Fortin) Dow (right along with Frederick Matthew Wiseman) because ARCHAEOLOGICALLY-SPEAKING it was beneficial to them, due to the Intervale, Vermont Indigenous Native Burials and Archaeological Studies going on there.
So... Luke Willard, Donald Stevens, Jr. and even Mark William Mitchell continue to hastily CLAIM that the former VCNAA was inept, a do-nothing Commission, "stalled all business because of their own destructive agendas and refusal to set their sights on positive goals for the betterment of Vermont's Indian people" ?
YET, it was these very people, comprised of the Vermont Groups seeking Recognition such as Luke Willard himself, along with April and her STOOGES (listed above) who kept STALLING all business of the former VCNAA, and who have had destructive agenda's, and who have ONLY had their sights on their agenda's and goals, to the detriment of Vermont's ABENAKI People all along.
Judy, Tim and Jeanne DID the BEST THEY COULD while on the VCNAA, considering the SABOTAGE, the DECEIT, the MANIPULATION and OBSTRUCTIONIST'S that the VCNAA Chair persons ACTUALLY were, while they too were on the VCNAA Commission!
TALK IS CHEAP.