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S.117

Introduced by   Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District and Senator Miller of Chittenden District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Abenaki people; state recognition

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to recognize the Abenaki people in Vermont.

AN ACT RELATING TO STATE RECOGNITION OF THE ABENAKI PEOPLE

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  1 V.S.A. chapter 23 is added to read:

CHAPTER 23.  ABENAKI PEOPLE

§ 851.  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The general assembly intends this chapter to acknowledge:

(1)  The Abenaki people can trace their lineage in Vermont for hundreds of years to the Missisquoi nation that occupied areas of northwestern Vermont prior to the arrival of European explorers and settlers to the area.

(2)  The Abenaki people are the indigenous people of Vermont and their descendants are present in the state today.

§ 852.  RECOGNITION OF ABENAKI PEOPLE

The state of Vermont hereby recognizes the Abenaki people as a matter of state law.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us