Abenaki Artifacts to Return to Original Burial Ground
Seven Days - VT's Independent Newspaper
Did I just read that correctly?
HOW DO THESE WANNABIAK KNOW that those bones are "THEIR ANCESTORS"? Historically and most definitely GENEALOGICALLY, the current contemporary group of persons claiming to be "Abenakis" in Franklin County, VT have NEVER proven to anyone in the Vermont Public to any convincing documented level, that they were or are HISTORICAL Abenaki Tribes. Or even connected to an Abenaki Community. Not April A. Merrill (Homer St. Francis Sr.'s alleged thieving daughter) right along with her side - kick "Abenakis" the Lampman's (in particular Louise Lampman - Larivee (Leonard "Blackie" Lampman's daughter). Or ANY of those people in Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont!
Does anyone in Vermont ever read the Attorney General's Report findings and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Federal Acknowledgement Reports ... or does everyone in Vermont have their heads up their backsides and can't smell Bullsh** in "Abenaki" La-La-Land? I am really beginning to wonder and ponder this dynamic.
I mean, Giovanna (nee: Morselli) Neudorfer - Peebles can CLAIM that as a state employees in the Division of Historic Preservation, there in Vermont, that the State Agency doesn't want to see a "market" for "Native American" and Abenaki "artifacts" where "money exchanges hands" etc.
But let's THINK about that hypocritical position/perception in what Mrs. Peebles has stated, shall we?
According to NPS, NAGPRA, a public law enacted in 1990, “provides a process for museums and federal agencies to return certain Native American cultural items—human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony—to lineal descendants, and culturally affiliated tribes.”
Swanton's Missisquoi group of alleged Native Americans (now-State-of-VT-"recognized) have NEVER PROVEN they are the lineal descendants of the Abenakis, nor have they been shown to be culturally affiliated to any Abenaki Community, historically or otherwise.
Fact: One VT created "tribe" recognized now by the State of VT Legislature and Governor(s), subsequently "recognized the three other groups (like they were patting each other on the backsides, in 'domino effect") BUT that was simply in reality, one FAKE "tribe" / Incorporated Group of "wannabiak" patting the other created FAKE "tribe" / Incorporated Group "recognized" by the Secretary of State agency within VT as a 501(c)3 non-profit, on the backside. The reality is nothing more than that! And the "expert" scholar's "evidence" can be documentarily proven to have been manipulated and downright falsified! This has been PROVEN at least three times, before mentioned and shown in this blog. Is the Dept. of Historical Preservation, simply supporting these "Abenaki" groups, in order to have "job security" or are they just into the business of exchanging money, in the profit scheme, of digging up those Abenaki Remains etc, and implying that those remains and cultural items 'belong' to these contemporary "abenaki" frauds, because, to do so, it is beneficial to both, D.H.P. and the frauds themselves? Think about that for a while.
What happens when D.H.P. (Dept. of Historical Preservation) gets notification of someone "accidentally" finding/ exhuming human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects and cultural patrimony within the State of Vermont and or New Hampshire ( ... any state for that matter)?
Tell me that Giovanna Peebles and the D.H.P. haven't received numerous repeated "GRANTS" and "REIMBURSEMENTS" since at least the 1970's for reburying the Abenakis and other Indigenous burials and cultural "artifacts" dug up within Vermont, that $$$$ does not "exchange hands" as a result of her and others involvement?
Is this calling Mrs. Giovanna Peebles "calling the kettle black", when she chastises John and Anita Boucher, who by all right title and interest could have sold those "artifacts" in their possession, going against nothing in State or Federal Law in attempting to do so, and yet here is DHP representative Giovanna Peebles, claiming quote, "We do not think there should be a market for these things, but the reality is, there is a market for these things."
Yeah, right ... they wouldn't want a 'market' for these burials and associated funerary objects "artifacts" dug up in Vermont, on property owners lands, because they at DHP don't want competition or infringement on their own 'market' of getting a paycheck from NAGPRA and "anonymous donors" etc. Grants, and 'reimbursements" to evaluate, study, examine, and rebury those human remains and or "artifacts".
DHP (and their allies mentioned below) have perpetuated a 'market' or a 'racket' going on, where they have been getting paid, and do today 'get paid' ... to study, archive, and to rebury human remains and artifacts of indigenous peoples within Vermont. So does New Hampshire and every other State.
If they weren't exchanging money, for creating a 'market' for their digging up and then reburying the deceased along with the funerary objects and cultural objects, they'd be out of a job, because they wouldn't be getting a paycheck for desecrating and disturbing and creating that market surrounding Abenaki burial sites etc.
It's all a matter of perception. The left hand claims the right hands been dirty, but forgets that both hands have been playing in the same dirt, whether it's Giovanna Peebles or Anita Boucher.
Anyone bother to do their diligent homework .... as to these "groups" claiming to be "Abenakis" in Vermont?
Any state or local government agency or institution of higher learning is considered a museum under NAGPRA because they receive federal funds through grants, loans, contracts, or other means.
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, § 3001(8); 43 C.F.R. § 10.2(a)(3)(iii)
If a federally recognized Indian tribe requests artifacts in the control or possession of a federal institution or museum, the tribe must establish cultural affiliation. NAGPRA defines cultural affiliation as “a relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced historically or prehistorically between a present day Indian tribe…and an identifiable earlier group.”
Ok, so has these State of VT "recognized" "Tribes" established cultural affiliation, in that they have convincingly traced historically and or prehistorically or GENEALOGICALLY between the present day group and the HISTORICAL Abenaki Communities/ Groups?
I think not. Not by any stretch of the imagination, implied or otherwise. What Frederick Matthew Wiseman, the late James Peterson, etc have done is IMPLIED CONNECTION(S) that the BIA's O.F.A. studied and researched, and came to the conclusion that it such implied connections to historical communities of Abenakis, was based on "smoke and mirrors" tactics.
The D.H.P. assumes that all-human remains, funerary objects, and items of cultural patrimony can be affiliated with modern now-State recognized VT "tribal" groups, who have claimed and continue to falsely claim they are "Abenaki" (Missisquoi/Koasek/Nulhegan/ or Elnu) "tribes".
This assumption is wrong.
The majority of human remains that have been and are likely to be found in the states of VT (and or NH constitute what are known as unidentified and unaffiliated human remains.
The archaeologists and so on, with their allies such as David Skinas, David Stewart-Smith, John Moody and Donna (Carvalho) Charlebois - Moody ... who TOOK HER MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME OF ROBERTS ... (trying to imply falsely that she was an O'bomsawin?) upon her divorced from Robert Charlebois, Deborah Blum, the late James Peterson, and the likes of Frederick Matthew Wiseman, PhD (to name just a few off the top of my head right now)... right along with Giovanna Peebles ASSUME that those bones are the ancestors of the people comprising now-State recognized VT "tribal" groups. Such is not the very likely reality. They all pat each other on the backsides, smiling at one another, for a job well done, after a body is dug up or pottery shard is found, and then reburied after pictures are taken, and they each and most everyone of them receives their paychecks, reimbursements, grants etc.
Those employee's of the Department of Historical Preservation, etc along with Giovanna Peebles GET PAID to dig up i.e. "preserve" "discovered" archaeological sites and burials, through NAGPRA Grants and Reimbursements, and so doesn't John and Donna Moody as well. They are PAID for their "services" ... time ... travel expenses etc.
So there IS a continuing consistent, viable MARKET for digging up Native Peoples and their burial items within VT and NH. Because if they would stop, they wouldn't be getting PAID in the legalized State Sponsored MARKET of looking for, and digging up the ANCESTORS OF ODANAK's contemporary Abenakis, etc.
Giovanna Peebles, and John and Donna Moody would have put in job applications elsewhere! Because their "market" in living off the "bones and burial items" days would be over, if they did not "discover" "uncover" and "preserve and protect" those bones and burial remains.
Whether Mrs. Anita Boucher happened to sell, trade or bequeath under some hidden financial arrangement between an "anonymous donor" or what have you, versus the DHP and their "market" in dealing with Abnaki and Native Indigenous Burial Remains and Funerary items, its simply a matter of perception. The "money exchanging hands" is the SAME, and it is just as dirty and desecrating to those Abenaki ancestors the Missisquoi contemporary post 1975 incorporate group wants to so desperately claim for themselves as "their ancestors".
As for Bernie Mortz, claiming that, quote, "These are almost like the bones of our ancestors" ...
Bernie Mortz is full of sh** ... those bones are the ancestors of Odanak's late Chief, Nicholas Panadis and his families ancestors who lived and died in Missisquoi.
And if the Koasek Wannabiak Group that was created and orchestrated by the late Nancy Lee Millette - Cruger - Lyons - Doucet was legitimate and historically connected to Koasek Community, then how come Bernie Mortz has recently left the group as it's Chief, taking with him the website they had, and ran off to, the arms of the Nulhegan bunch up in Orleans County, Vermont? Go figure ...
Then again, Vermont's had its head up it's arse for a while now, regarding Abenakis vs. Vermont Wannabiak, preferring to "recognize" the latter instead of the the Abenakis.
Because it was and is easier and more financially sustainable to the State of Vermont's corrupt politicians and agencies such as the DHP to "recognize" and play 'Patty Cake' with the "Abenaki" PRETENDERS like Bernie Mortz and Donald Warren Stevens Jr. etc due the 'mutually beneficial alliances' and the 'developed relationships/arrangements' between the Vermont/NH "Abenaki" FRAUDS and the DHP folks since the 1970's!