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NOTE FROM THE CHAIR        
Written by Mark Mitchell-
Sunday, 06 January 2008  
AMENDING S117

NOTE FROM THE CHAIR
View Entire Document with links at http://vcnaa.com/joomla/content/view/198/38/

A 2006 law granted Vermont's Abenaki recognition but failed to meet federal requirements for
artists to market their wares as native-made.

The Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs is seeking to change the law and allow the
commission to grant tribes recognition for the purpose of selling arts and crafts.

Please urge legislators to support an amendment to S. 117 that would give the Vermont
Commission on Native American Affairs the authority to recognize tribes and bands which allow
Native artisans and craftspeople to label their work as Native-made.   

There is still a great deal of fear and misinformation around this issue. This is not an attempt on
the part of Native Americans to seize land, build casinos or evade taxes. Two years ago, the
Legislature took the important first step of passing S.117 to grant recognition to Native Americans
so they can label arts and crafts as Native-made items.   

Please contact your legislator and ask him/her to support this amendment so that Native American
people in Vermont can label their crafts as native-made.

·Listing of links for representaives, Senators and newspaper can be found on the VCNAA webpage
http://vcnaa.com/joomla/content/view/198/38/

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