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
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.
The Vermont General Assembly
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