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The Nulhegan Tribe and AHA has just closed on a 354 acre parcel of land located near Lyndonville, VT. This land has a cabin and sugarhouse located on the property. It is all woodland and has no agricultural areas.
This is a proud moment in recapturing some more of our land back within our homelands. We now have two locations for our citizens to go and reconnect to the land.
The standing of the Vermont Abenaki Tribes recognized by the State of Vermont is being challenged by the Odonak First Nation Tribe of Quebec. The Odonaks are claiming purity of lineage as the only rightful claim to the Abenaki standing in VT. They have also sent letters to Vermont conservation and environmental funding organization requesting they withhold funding to any of the 4 Vermont tribes.
This conflict may be confusing to many and the presentation will focus on the Vermont Abenaki's position, why this is important, and what all Abenakis should be striving for. This will be more than an information session. It is designed to expose participant to a greater appreciation of Abenaki culture.
In June 2023, the South Burlington Land Trust presented its annual award to the Western Abenaki people who honored and protected the land and all beings in what the city. The mission of the land trust stresses cooperation with communities to preserve the land. The Abenaki are an abiding inspiration for our organization and a conscience for all people. Chief Don Stevens accepted the award.
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Pat McDonald fills-in as host today. In the second hour, she's joined in-studio by Chief Don Stevens, Chief of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki Nation, to talk about a recent challenge disputing the legitimacy of Vermont’s State Recognized Tribes.
When environmental activists recently gathered at the Statehouse to push for cleaner energy, they began with what has become commonplace at public events in Vermont — a land acknowledgment.
Earl Hatley, a member of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, strode to a podium wearing a bear-claw necklace. "Kwai," Hatley said, using the tribe's traditional greeting. "Today we acknowledge that we live on and share and help protect the ancestral lands of the Abenaki Nation, the Alnôbak."
Castleton, VT June 2023 -- “Close your eyes. Imagine a world with no cell phones, no computers, no electronics at all; no planes, trains, or automobiles. Listen closely and hear the birds singing, rivers flowing, and wind blowing.” This is how guest speaker Lucy Cannon-Neel addressed the 4th grade class at Castleton Elementary School. She continued, “Travel back in time 1,000 years, long before the pilgrims landed on Plymouth rock, before any European explorers touched the northeastern portion of what is now called the United States.” Ms. Cannon-Neel then had the students open their eyes to see a descendant of the people who were here at that time. She was referring to herself, for Ms. Cannon-Neel’s ancestors were Native Americans from the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation.
Read about the 9,750 square foot building at the Shelburne Museum that is set to feature Indigenous Art from more than 80 bands across America.
On April 26, 2023 Vermont Governor Phil Scott issued his fifth consecutive Executive Proclamation of Abenaki Recognition and Heritage Week.
WASHINGTON, April 28 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Rep. Becca Balint (D-Vt.) today issued the following delegation statement in commemoration of Abenaki Recognition and Heritage Week which begins Monday, May 1
Senate resolution supporting the continuing resiliency and strengthening of the Abenaki communities in Vermont and encouraging a greater appreciation and respect for Abenaki culture during Abenaki Recognition and Heritage Week and throughout the year.
Abenaki Alliance Press Conference 5-2-23
The past few weeks have seen Governor Scott and the full congressional delegation affirm their support for the four Vermont tribes, and announce the launch of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine past discrimination and state-sanctioned eugenics. At a time when Indigenous people should be united in celebrating these monumental strides for our people, Odanak and Wôlinak seem intent on using our media and public education system to lobby for Nuremberg Laws-like verification and cultural annihilation.
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From WCAX-TV website: " Vermont-based eco-friendly cleaning company Seventh Generation is teaming up with the Vermont Commission of Native American Affairs to bring new curriculum into the state’s schools." Please click on the following button to read the article and watch the news release.
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HOLDERNESS — Citizens of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation came to the Holderness Historical Society to demonstrate their traditional life-supporting and survival skills, including how to make a dugout canoe. Co-sponsored by the Hopkinton Historical Society, last weekend’s event drew hundreds of people for a demonstration of ash-splint basket-making, a display of pottery, construction of a birch bark canoe, storytelling and drumming, and the transformation of a 350-pound white-pine log into a dugout. To read the full article, please click on the link below.
Tribal Property is Now Tax Exempt
Here is another legislative bill that was passed this year that impacts our Nulhegan tribe. This will allow our tribal lands to be exempted from all taxes. This will most likely affect our tribal lands in Barton and any we acquire probably next tax year in 2023.
Act No. 90 (H.556). Taxation; property tax; exemption; Vermont-recognized Native American tribes An act relating to exempting property owned by Vermont-recognized Native American tribes from property tax This act creates a statewide education property tax and municipal property tax exemption for real and personal property that is owned by a Vermont-recognized Native American tribe or owned by a nonprofit organization. To be eligible for the exemption, the nonprofit organization that owns the property must be organized for the tribe’s benefit and controlled by the tribe, and the property must be used for purposes of the tribe and cannot be leased or rented for profit. Effective Date: July 1, 2022
View the great coverage of the partnership with Wiley Side Farm in Shoreham.
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