Note: At the first General Assembly of the Occupy Burlington encampment, GJEP ED Anne Petermann grounded the space in the history of the Indigenous Peoples of the region: the Abenaki. She opened the circle by stating, via “people’s mic” that, “the land that this encampment is on is the traditional land of the Abenaki People. This land was never ceded, never signed away in a treaty, but was stolen. It has been occupied by the state of Vermont. In 1992 the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that any rights the Abenaki People had to their traditional lands was no longer valid due to “the increasing weight of history. For these reasons, I am asking the Occupy Burlington encampment to recognize that this land is Abenaki land.” The proposal was met with nearly unanimous twinkling of fingers supporting it.
The GJEP Team
PDF: Letter from Burlington Mayor’s office to Occupy Vermont after next two photos.
Full Mayor Kiss Letter from Burlington Mayor’s office to Occupy Vermont