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ELNU Abenaki
New Vermont Native American Commission Meets
The Associated Press
October 20, 2010

MONTPELIER -- A newly appointed Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs has started
meeting in what officials say is a step toward creating a system for recognizing Indian tribes in the

Tuesday, the nine-member commission heard testimony on the history of tribes seeking state
recognition in Vermont. A new state law created a process for the commission to recommend tribal
recognition, which the Abenaki hope will allow them to sell their crafts as Native American and seek
federal funding for education and other benefits.

The law is intended to address the shortcomings of a bill passed in 2006 that created the
commission and recognized the Abenaki as a minority population in Vermont, but failed to allow
them to label their crafts as Native American.