by White Tale of Vermont
Grade B Vermont Maple Syrup in 1 liter glass whiskey bottles. Made by Abenaki sugar makers at the Nulheganaki Tribal Forest in Barton, VT. Delicious dark, bold maple flavor. Made and bottled in Vermont (2013).
Earthworms -- specifically their waste as it replaces the soil -- are threatening most directly the economically important sugar maple tree as they slowly alter the makeup of the great northern forests of the United States and Canada. Or how about the Asian long-horned beetle (ALB), which kills maple trees and travels on infested firewood.
What will happen when the Maple Trees are gone?
There is an old saying....
If my doubts and subsequent questioning of these 'wannabiak wji n'dakinna' makes me a 'racist' and a 'naysayer' .... then so be it. The State never saw any legitimate proof, I doubt the 3 expert scholars hand-picked by the groups or the VCNAA ever had any real legitimate proof genealogically or otherwise in their hands either. I know I haven't seen diddly squat from any of the four groups, as to the validity of their claims, as to being "Abenakis" let alone "tribes".
APRIL 01, 2013
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia) has proposed changes to the Indian Arts and Crafts act. Courtesy DC.streetblogs.org
Drastic amendment proposed to Indian Arts and Crafts Act
Change would open doors for non-Natives to claim authenticity
By Brandon Ecoffey
Native Sun News Staff writer
WASHINGTON—An amendment proposed to the Native American Arts and Craft act by Rep Nick Rahall (D-WV) if passed would potentially remove protections from Native American artisans across the country and subsequently allow for non-Tribal members to label work they create as “Native American produced”.
The Indian Arts and Craft Act which was originally established in 1990 prohibits the marketing of American Indian and Alaskan Native arts and crafts as authentic unless it is produced by a federally or state recognized tribal member.
The changes proposed by Rep Rahall would insert in to the law language that would allow for members of a non-profit Indian organizations and individuals who are not enrolled members of a recognized tribe to claim authenticity.
“Any individual who is a direct lineal descendant of a person listed on the base roll of an Indian tribe, whether or not such individual qualifies for membership in the Indian tribe,” the amendment reads. “Any individual who is a member of an Indian organization.”
The law provides vague definition of what an Indian organization is and includes language stating the organization does not need to be recognized by any tribal nation.
"The IACA is already difficult to enforce and does little to protect or support Native American artists and small arts businesses, these new changes would render it completely useless,” said Dr. Jessica Metcalfe founder of the Native American Fashion blog Beyond Buckskin. “It sounds like someone in DC is lobbying for this change because companies realize that right now there's a lot of money to be made off of selling our ethnicity. But our ethnicity isn't for sale,” added Dr. Metcalfe.
The amendment has been referred to the House committee on Native American and Alaska Native Affairs.
(Contact Brandon Ecoffey at email@example.com)
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While Odanak witnesses and observes in near complete SILENCE, without a mouse even stirring against the Identity Theft of their own Abenaki Peoples throughout N’dakinna? If the identity of the Abenaki People is not good enough to protect, against the exploitation of those that are clearly genealogically NOT ABENAKI, do not speak Abenaki, and are not ancestrally connected to an Abenaki Community, then what's the point of BEING Abenaki?
Is it about Money $$$, Status, Corporate connection(s)?