Gov. Shumlin Signs our

Recognition Bill into Law

(s.129)An act relating to recognition of the Koasek Abenaki of the Koas as a Native American Indian tribe.

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Sec. 1. 1 V.S.A. § 855 is added to read:


The Koasek Abenaki of the Koas Abenaki Nation has filed an application for tribal recognition with the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs and has complied with the recognition requirements contained in subdivisions 853(c)(1)–(9) of this title and is hereby recognized by the state of Vermont as a Native American Indian tribe.

Sec. 4. 1 V.S.A. § 853 (a) (3)

“Recognized” or “recognition” means acknowledged as a Native American Indian tribe by the Vermont General Assembly.

Approved by Law and Signed into Law by Gov. Shumlin May 7th, 2012. Here are some pictures from that Day's Ceremonies:

Band Elder Trudy Ann Parker giving Acceptance Speech

Sen. Vince Illuzi with Gov. Shumlin

Circle of Courage Youth Drum Group performing an Honor Song for Chief Nancy Millette Doucet. Nulhegan Drum Group performed a Warriors Song in honor of her and the fight for recognition.

Alliance Chiefs of the Four VT Recognized Tribes
Chief Don Stevens Nulhegan
CHief Roger Longtoe Sheehan El Nu Tribe
CHief John Churchhill Missisquoi St Francis Sokoki
Chief Nancy Millette Doucet Koasek Abenaki of the Koas