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Panel on American Indian Recognition Seeks New Members
Free Press Staff Report
July 24, 2010

A new law that sets up a process for state recognition of American Indian tribes in Vermont has
revised the makeup of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs and has that panel
seeking nine new members.

The law increased the number of members on the commission from seven to nine, and also
imposed a Vermont residency requirement, according to a news release from the Agency of

"This law establishes a completely new Native American Commission with new responsibilities," said
Giovanna Peebles, state historic preservation officer and director of the Vermont Division for
Historic Preservation.

Gov. Jim Douglas plans to appoint nine new members by Sept. 1, as long as enough qualified
candidates submit applications, according to the release.

The new law requires that eligible applicants must have lived in Vermont for a minimum of three
years and that appointments should "reflect a diversity of affiliations and geographic locations in

Applications are available at http://www.historicvermont.org/ or http://vcnaa.vermont.gov and are
due Aug. 15.

The commission will implement the new process, as set forth by the Legislature, for recognizing
American Indian tribes in Vermont that includes review by the commission, an independent review
committee of experts, and approval by the Legislature.