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Vt. Commission on Native American Affairs to hold public hearings

Burlington, Vermont - November 15, 2010

The Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs has its first meeting Tuesday in Newport. The group is tasked with establishing a process for state recognition of tribes and its holding a series of public forums around the state to get input.

Mike McCune spoke with Luke Willard, chairman of the commission and a member of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe in Orleans County.

Willard explained that federal arts and crafts law prohibits non-federally recognized and non-state recognized tribal members from selling their crafts as native-made or Abenaki-made

"There's a big difference between an Abenaki made basket  and one that says nothing." said Willard.

"It was our idea within the commission to do something that hasn't been done before,' he said, "to take the commission on the road, as opposed to just meeting in Montpelier."

"Different people from different regions have different needs, and we want to hear what they are," he said.

For more, watch the video on The :30.

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