Passamaquoddy Tribe to Launch Language Immersion Program

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Passamaquoddy Donald Soctomah will serve as program administrator.

From the Bangor Daily News:

PLEASANT POINT, Maine — A three-year, $750,000 federal grant from the Administration of Native Americans is aimed at helping the Passamaquoddy revive their language.

The tribe will use the money to develop two language immersion programs for preschoolers and a handful of adults — one at each of the reservations in Pleasant Point and Indian Township, said Donald Soctomah, who is serving as administrator as an in-kind contribution required by the grant.


1676 and Beyond: Tribes, Race, and Untold Histories

A flyer for the upcoming presentation by David Tall Pine White and David Brule to be held at Greenfield Congregational Church on November 7, 2015, from 10 am ’til 12:30 pm. Now what? –  a contemporary perspective through a historical lens.

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A Theme of Invisibility: Abenaki History in New Hampshire

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From the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript:

Franklin Pierce professor Robert Goodby used this statement as his premise during a talk on the Abenaki presence in New England at the Greenville library on Wednesday, Oct. 14th. “There is a theme of invisibility,” said Goodby. “Native history is largely invisible to people, and there is a lack of information about native history.”

“They’re still here,” said Goodby. “They never left.”

She Feeds Them All: Peggy Fullerton of Koasek

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Teprine Baldo has written a wonderful piece about Peg Fullerton and her work in her blog, Strawberry Moon:

“So today I want to highlight a special farmer, seed saver with Seeds of Renewal, Indigenous singer (Voices of the Koas) and so much more, Peggy Fullerton.  Founder of the Sagakwa farm in Piedmont NH, Peggy is a member of the Traditional Abenaki Koasek band.  I interviewed her to better understand her life as a farmer, her struggles, joys, triumphs and roots.  Enjoy.”

Abenaki Site at Intervale NH Preserves Native American Encampment

Full story at the Conway Daily Sun:

The Intervale site was once an encampment of  Abenaki, established by them to make and sell baskets to the visitors lured to the White Mountains in the late 19th century. The Abenaki were descended from the original inhabitants of the area; the camp was founded by Odanak Chief Joseph Laurent 1839-1917 (Sozap Lalo, author of New Familiar Abenakis and English Dialogues) and his son Stephen Laurent, postmaster in Jackson, NH.

Wabanaki Artists Take Their Place at the Portland Museum of Art

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From the Portland Press Herald: The Portland Museum of Art Biennial, “You Can’t Get There From Here,” opens Thursday and, for the first time since the museum began its every-other-year survey of contemporary art in Maine in 1998, it includes art made by Maine’s Wabanaki Indians. Baskets by Secord, Jeremy Frey, George Neptune and Sarah Sockbeson are among the works of 32 artists chosen for the exhibition.

The Biennial Exhibition opens Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 and runs through Jan. 3, 2016, at the Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, Maine. Info: 207-775-6148 or 


Vermont Abenaki Host Historic Gathering in Shelburne

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For the record, this historic event was held a month and a half ago at the Shelburne Museum. This is the Burlington Free Press’s coverage.

“We’re not extinct. We’re not dead,” [Chief Don] Stevens said. “Abenaki people have always been here, they continue to always be here, and we are very involved with the fabric of Vermont and also the outside of the world.”