Vermont Recognizes 2 Abenaki tribes
January 19, 2011
Two Abenaki tribes are now recognized by the state of Vermont.
Lawmakers passed a bill last year setting up a recognition process so tribes can sell their goods as
The Native American Affairs commission reviewed the tribes' requests, making sure they met certain
criteria like documenting genealogy and membership. The request will now be reviewed by
The Abenaki say this new recognition means a lot. "Recognition gives us back our identity allowing
our people to sell their arts and crafts and to be able to participate as American peoples," said
Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Tribe.
"I think it's a start to healing many old wounds between the state and Abenaki and different Abenaki
bands and tribes," said Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan of the Elnu Tribe.
One other tribe is now going through the process to be recognized. It takes about 2 to 3 months.
Kristin Carlson - WCAX News