Wantastegok 1724: On This Day, February 3

mary cabot annal of brattleboro colonization fort dummer

Active British colonization began here on this day, Feb. 3, 1724 – and it continues.

From “Annals of Brattleboro, 1681-1895”, Mary Rogers Cabot, Brattleboro, VT: E.L Hildreth 1921.

Enacted Documents for S.68 Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Abenaki Recognition & Heritage Week

Here are pdf versions of: S.68, “An Act relating to Indigenous Peoples’ Day” as signed into law by Governor Phil Scott and his Proclamation for Abenaki Recognition and Heritage Week (May 1-5, 2019).

S.068 signed

19-043 Abenaki Recognition and Heritage Week

 

Indian Tobacco

A small but mighty member of the plant nations stands tall at Wantastegok in the early autumn. It is good, strong medicine – wlinebizon. Elie Joubert tells us: The Abenak call it “Akwi odam8w8gan nebizon” = Stop smoking medicine. Lobelia inflata is made from Indian Tobacco and is great to relieve nicotine urges. It is a homeopathic medicine.

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indian tobacco brattleboro 2017

A late appearance by a good friend.

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz at UMass April 4, 2017

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz UMass

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s public talk focuses on North America in the context of US settler-colonialism. Professor Dunbar-Ortiz will discuss the friction between settler environmentalism and Indigenous knowledge, considering what is required for the environmental movement to develop authentic solidarity with Indigenous Peoples’ struggle for survival, leading to real anti-imperialist environmentalism.

Link to file for the Dunbar-Ortiz Poster.

Federally recognized tribes should brace for possible termination policy under Trump

Not to be taken lightly.

Alaska Indigenous

Whether we like it or not, Saglutupiaġataq (“the compulsive liar” in Iñupiatun) is now president of the United States and Republicans control Congress. Federally recognized Alaska Native and American Indian tribes should brace for the worst, including the possibility that Congress may move to terminate federally recognized tribes.

The termination era of 1953 to 1968 involved Congress stripping tribes of their lands and criminal jurisdiction. The policy was thinly disguised as an attempt to lift American Indians and Alaska Natives out of poverty by assimilating them into mainstream society. However the real goal was to privatize and ransack American Indian and Alaska Native lands.

From the American Indian Relief Council:

From 1953-1964 109 tribes were terminated and federal responsibility and jurisdiction was turned over to state governments. Approximately 2,500,000 acres of trust land was removed from protected status and 12,000 Native Americans lost tribal affiliation. The lands were sold to non-Indians the tribes lost…

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