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Federal Recognition
Abenaki Nation presses case for state recognition


The Abenaki Nation of Vermont and its supporters pressed the tribe's case for state recognition at a hearing on Wednesday.

The tribe wants state recognition in order to obtain federal education, cultural and housing grants and to market arts and crafts as Indian made. "We're just asking for the same rights every other social group has," Debbie Bezio, a tribal member, said, according to the Associated Press.

But the attorney general and the governor say state recognition will lead to federal recognition. The tribe has filed an application with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and is on the "ready" list for consideration.

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Abenakis argue for recognition (AP 5/5)

Relevant Links:
Abenaki Nation - http://www.abenakination.org

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