The Abenaki have continuously occupied the land Europeans came to call Vermont for 13,000 years. The first of the Abenaki to arrive saw the last of the glaciers in our state, they tracked woolly mammoths up the slopes of the Green Mountains, they watched California condors scavenge scraps from these kill sites, and they competed with polar bears belugas on the frigid coastline of the Champlain Sea. Open tundra gave way to hardwood forests. The mammoths, polar bears, whales, and Champlain Sea disappeared, but the Abenaki remained, stewards actively engaged with the changing land. We acknowledge the Abenaki and their continued presence on the land.
We acknowledge also that the Abenaki, have and continue to endure a 400 year struggle for recognition, land, and autonomy in the face of European colonization. We acknowledge the Abenaki’s long history of stewarding and caring for the lands we use to run our programs, and that this land is the traditional, unceded territory of the Abenaki.
You can find a map of the territories of indigenous peoples on North America (and Australia) here and learn more about land acknowledgments here. You can learn more about the different bands of Abenaki in the state here: