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Wabanaki Confederacy Conference 2015
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Friday, 30 January 2015

 PRESS RELEASE

Historic International Native American Conference coming to Vermont in 2015

DATES: August 19th through Aug 22nd

LOCATION: Shelburne Farms,1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482


On August 19th of this year, ancient traditional alliances will meet new modern day issues facing native people today. Tribal leaders and delegates from all over New England and Canada will converge on Shelburne Farms for a 4 day conference to discuss issues like the environment, international trade relations, and other important topics to strengthen old tribal relationships. The conference will end on the last day with a public celebration on Aug 22nd.

Chief Don Stevens, from the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe, was contacted by the Wabanaki Chiefs in late 2014 with a request for the Vermont Abenaki to host the next conference. What makes this event so significant is that the last Wabanaki Confederacy Conference held in the United States by the Western Abenaki people was over 200 years ago. The last conference held below the Canadian border was in 2008 by the Penobscot Nation in Maine.

The Wabanaki Confederacy has been in existence since the 1600’s and included as many as 48 Algonquin Tribes in both the United States and Canada. These tribes consisted of 5 principle nations of Mi’kmaq, Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Abenaki peoples. The original purpose of this alliance was to ally with French forces to stop the invasion of the Iroquois Confederacy and British forces against our homeland. The Abenaki people played a critical role in the Confederacy by protecting the Lake Champlain trade route and the western edge of the Wabanaki homeland.


Unfortunately, Abenaki Tribes in Vermont do not have sustaining financial resources like many of the Federal Tribes throughout Indian Country. We rely on Business partners and individuals who care about issues that affect all of humanity. If you would like to donate or help sponsor this historic conference to pay for food and logistics, please contact Chief Don Stevens at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or call 802-985-2465 for more information. All contributions will be tax deductible.

 

Don Stevens, Chief

Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk - Abenaki Nation

www.abenakitribe.org


The Nulhegan Band of Coosuk – Abenaki Nation is recognized in the State of Vermont as an Indian Tribe per House Bill 85 and per Statute Title. 1. Chapter 23. V.S.A. § 854

 
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