NO. R-90. JOINT RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE EDUCATION AND CULTURAL ENDEAVORS OF VERMONTERS OF MOHICKAN MOHEGAN ANCESTRY AND REQUESTING THAT THE GOVERNOR'S ADVISORY COMMISSION ON NATIVE AMERICAN AFFAIRS ASSIST THEM AS SET FORTH IN EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 97-90.
Offered by: Representatives Maslack of Poultney, Waite of Pawlet, Alfano of Calais, Allard of St. Albans Town, Angell of Randolph, Baker of West Rutland, Barney of Highgate, Blanchard of Essex, Bourdeau of Hyde Park, Bristol of Brattleboro, Brown of Walden, Buckland of Newport Town, Carmolli of Rutland City, Colvin of Bennington, Crawford of Burke, Cross of Winooski, Dakin of Colchester, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Deuel of West Rutland, Emmons of Springfield, Flaherty of South Burlington, Flory of Pittsford, Freed of Dorset, Gervais of Enosburg, Ginevan of Middlebury, Gray of Barre Town, Hathaway of Barton, Houston of Ferrisburg, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hyde of Fayston, Johnson of Canaan, Kehler of Pomfret, Krasnow of Charlotte, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kreitzer of Rutland City, LaBarge of Grand Isle, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Little of Shelburne, Livingston of Manchester, Marron of Stowe, Masland of Thetford, Mazur of South Burlington, McGrath of Ferrisburg, McNamara of Burlington, Metzger of Milton, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Moore of Rutland City, Morrissey of Bennington, Neiman of Georgia, O'Donnell of Vernon, Osman of Plainfield, Perry of Richford, Pike of Mendon, Poirier of Barre City, Postman of Brownington, Quaid of Williston, Richardson of Weathersfield, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Smith of Sudbury, Starr of Troy, Suchmann of Chester, Sullivan of Burlington, Sweaney of Windsor, Sweetser of Essex, Towne of Berlin, Vincent of Waterbury, Vinton of Colchester, Willett of St. Albans City, Winters of Williamstown and Zuckerman of Burlington.
Whereas, improving one's knowledge of the various cultures that are represented in Vermont's population is a worthy objective, and
Whereas, it is particularly important that young persons are educated about the diverse backgrounds that can be found within the state's borders, and
Whereas, in an effort to teach Vermonters about Mohickan Mohegan culture, Vermonters of this ancestry have traveled throughout the state to present lectures and presentations at schools and other locations, and
Whereas, these programs have enlightened the audiences about this culture and have won praise from teachers and school principals, and
Whereas, Vermonters of Mohickan Mohegan ancestry are now embarking on a more ambitious endeavor to establish a cultural village in southern Vermont that will feature displays and other educational activities that will provide the visitor a firsthand demonstration of Mohickan Mohegan life and an opportunity to engage in other economic development endeavors, and
Whereas, this cultural village and other economic initiatives have the potential to be major educational, cultural and tourist facilities, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly commends the important educational and cultural endeavors that Vermonters of Mohickan Mohegan ancestry have initiated and plan to develop in Vermont and requests that the Governor's Advisory Commission on Native American Affairs assist Vermonters of verifiable Mohickan Mohegan ancestry as set forth in Executive Order
No. 97-90, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to forward a copy of this resolution to Chief Golden Eagle (Ronald Roberts) of the Mohickan Mohegan Indian Nation of Vermont at Box 208 in Poultney, Vermont 04764.