Link to pdf of the 2018 Executive Proclamation by VT Gov. Philip Scott: Indigenous Peoples’ Day VT 2018
From the Feb. 22, 2018 article in VTDigger.org.
Middlebury… will honor four other distinguished men and women with honorary degrees this year:
Jeanne A. Brink is an Abenaki artist and activist. She conducts workshops and programs on Western Abenaki storytelling, history, language, culture, basket making, oral tradition, dance, games, and current issues throughout Vermont and New England. Tracing her Abenaki heritage back to the early 1700s, she continues the tradition of Western Abenaki ash splint and sweetgrass fancy basketry as a master basket maker. Brink has served on the Vermont Commission for Native American Affairs, the Lake Champlain Basin Program Cultural Heritage and Recreation Advisory Committee, and many other local organizations. She is the author of several books about Abenaki art and language.
The Middlebury College Commencement ceremony will take place on the main quadrangle at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 27. More than 5,000 family members and friends are expected to attend.
Via Rick Pouliot at Gedakina:
We wanted to pass this information along for the 2017 Deer Island Memorial on behalf of the Natick Nipmuc Indian Council. Folks interested in paddling and/or walking/running should contact Kristen Wyman: email@example.com
We also wanted to mention that even if you can’t participant as a paddler, runner or walker – please come out and support this important event. In addition to a morning circle at Deer Island, there is an afternoon circle at the Falls in South Natick, followed by a community potluck social. If you can – we know that the paddlers also appreciate being welcomed after the 18 mile paddle; and runners/walkers appreciate the support as they run/walk into South Natick.
Hope to see you on the 7th.
Rick Pouliot GEDAKINA
Natick Nipmuc Indian Council DEER ISLAND MEMORIAL 2017
SACRED PADDLE and WALK Saturday, October 7, 2017
All are invited for a Day of Remembrance in honor of the Native peoples forcibly removed in October 1675 from South Natick and the other “Praying Towns” by the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and imprisoned on Deer Island in Boston Harbor during the resistance known as King Phillip’s War. The few who survived returned to their aboriginal homelands to rebuild their lives and tribal nations. We remember the ancestors’ sacrifice and survival through ceremony on Deer Island, a Sacred Paddle through Boston Harbor up the Charles River and a walk from Brighton to Natick. The day ends in prayer at the falls in South Natick and a Potluck Feast and Social.
8:00 AM Paddlers meet at Community Rowing, 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton, MA
8:30 AM Paddlers are shuttled to Deer Island for 9:00AM arrival, gear-up & safety instruction
9:00 AM Welcome Circle/Discussion (Spectators Only) at Deer Island, 190 Tafts Avenue, Winthrop, MA
9:30 AM Prayer and send-off . Sacred Paddle departs from Deer Island. Sacred walkers caravan to Brighton.
10:30 AM Walkers depart to the falls in South Natick
1:30 PM Sacred Paddle arrives at Community Rowing , 20 Nonantum Rd. Brighton (Time is approximate)
3:00 PM Ceremony at the falls in South Natick , 58 Eliot St., Natick, MA
4:00 PM Potluck Feast and Social at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 39 E Central St, Natick, MA 01760
Special thanks to Gedakina, Nipmuk Nashaounk, and all our volunteers.
Organized by the Nolumbeka Project: Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.
• Doors open at 10 a.m. We are offering ample time during the day and between presentations for conversations, personal reflections and individual touring of this historically significant district of Great Falls and the 341st anniversary of the battle that changed the course of King Philip’s War
• 10:30 a.m. – Presentation by Nolumbeka Project Board members David Brule and Nur Tiven.
• 1 p.m – Ceremony officiated by Tom Beck, Medicine Man and Ceremonial Leader
of the Nulhegan – Coosuk Band of the Abenaki Nation.
• Special guests during the day include Loril Moondream of Medicine Mammals and Strong Oak of Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition.