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Federal Recognition
Abenakis press Vermont for state recognition

Members of the Abenaki Nation testified before the Vermont Economic Development Committee to make their case for state recognition.

In 1976, former governor Tom Salmon recognized the tribe but governor Richard Snelling revoked it a year later. Recent opponents include former governor Howard Dean, the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Tribal members said they need recognition to preserve their culture, including the right to market their arts as authentic. They say gaming is not on their agenda.

The tribe's petition at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is on the "ready" list.

Get the Story:
Abenaki renew appeal for official recognition (The Barre Montpelier Times Argus 2/16)
Abenakis Fight for Recognition (WCAX News 2/15) Senate committee to consider resolution on Abenaki recognition (AP 2/15)

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