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NHPR: Why Vermont tribes, New Hampshire groups might claim to be Abenaki without ever proving ancestry

    “There’s ample, ample evidence, documentary evidence that the individuals today claiming to be Abenaki in Vermont, who are members of these tribes, are the descendants of primarily people who came from Quebec in the 1800s.

    “And so they identify 15, what they call Abenaki families, again, to about the mid-1800s. And if you actually follow those individuals back in time, in terms of historical documents, then you recognize really quickly that they’re actually French Canadian from Quebec, and that they’re part of this movement of Quebecois people who are immigrating to Vermont, in the 1820s and 30s.”

    Read more at New Hampshire Public Radio.

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