Teach the Children Well


Lucy Cannon Neel, Chairperson of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs presented at the Benson Village School on  December 21, 2016. Lucy shared about the history and continued presence of Native Americans in what is now the state of Vermont. The students experienced traditional cultural materials as well; they were even able to drum (video below)!



Abenaki Women Share Heritage With Champlain College Community


Lucy Cannon-Neel travels all over the Green Mountain State to teach Abenaki history and culture to elementary school students. But on Wednesday, she found herself co-leading an Abenaki drumming workshop to a much older audience at Champlain College.

The workshop was the last in a series of events organized by Melody Brook, operations manager of residential life and adjunct professor with the Division of Education and Human Studies at Champlain College, to commemorate Native and Indigenous Heritage Month. Cannon-Neel, a registered nurse, is the chair of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. Brook is the commission’s vice-chair.

Read the full story at Seven Days.

Vermont to Observe Indigenous People’s Day: the Back Story


Vermont is joining other states and towns around the United States in recognizing the second Monday of October as Indigenous People’s Day and “re-imagining Columbus Day as an opportunity to celebrate indigenous heritage and resiliency,” according to the proclamation.

The possibility of the town of Brattleboro adopting a similar proclamation came up at Tuesday’s Select Board meeting. In a 2-3 vote, the board decided not to put the question on the annual Representative Town Meeting warning without a petition coming forward. The Town Charter requires signatures from 5 percent of registered voters in Brattleboro in order for an article to get warned.

Rich Holschuh plans on getting that many signatures — approximately 400 signatures — in time for the next board meeting on Oct. 18. The Brattleboro resident is a member of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs.

How did that come about? Read Chris Mays’ story in the Brattleboro Reformer.