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UVM celebrates Vermont’s first Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Members of the Abenaki Tribe and Burlington community participate in Indigenous People’s Day celebrations, Oct. 15. Two Abenaki Chiefs, Chief Don Stevens and Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan, as well as Lt. Governor David Zuckerman and President Suresh Garimella, were present at the event.

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer

October 21, 2019

Chief Don Stevens and Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan stood at an altar with sweetgrass and a pipe for the Oct. 15 healing ceremony. They had not performed a ceremony on this land for decades. The Abenaki have been in Vermont for thousands of years, but are not a federally recognized tribe. Additionally,...

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