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American Indian Alaska Native Emphasis Program

As a member of Vermont's Civil Rights Committee, it is an honor to serve as the American Indian/Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program Manager.  The role of the Special Emphasis Program Manager is to foster the value of diversity within NRCS, promote cultural awareness, and support equal opportunity in NRCS program delivery and employment.  This is accomplished by establishing and maintaining a network of professional support and effective relationships with American Indian and Alaska Native Organizations and groups.

Please see the Vermont Special Emphasis Program page for contact information.

NRCS celebrates Native American/Alaska Native Month in November

In 1986, President Reagan designated November 23-30 as American Indian Week. Four years later, President Bush proclaimed the first National American Indian Heritage Month. Each year since, U.S. Presidents have proclaimed November as American Indian Heritage Month.  Also, as part of this celebration, each year native artists from around the country submit their artwork to the annual poster contest.  After a selection is made, the winning poster is distributed for display.

The Creation of American Indian Heritage Month

2010 Presidential Proclamation

Winners of the National Poster Contest

American Indian Alaska Native 2012 Poster Contest Winner














VT Diversity Day

The Vermont NRCS employees experienced their first statewide Diversity Day in 2007.  The day hosted many speakers and presenters, one of which was Howard Lyons.  Howard, an accomplished musician and lecturer, is a member of the 6 Nations Iroquois Confederacy, Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan, Haudenosaunee.   He shared with employees, songs in his native language, history of the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy, lessons of our human connections with nature, and provided an opportunity for everyone to gain insight into his Mohawk heritage and culture.

Native People in VT

Local Collaborative Project - The Abenaki Heritage Garden in Burlington, VT is a collaboration of Abenaki Tribes in partnership with the Intervale Center, Burlington Area Community Garden, the University of Vermont, Friends of Burlington Gardens, Sacred Seeds Network, Gardener's Supply and NRCS. For more information, please visit the Intervale website and view the Abenaki Heritage Garden Brochure.

Information on the Skitchewaug Site - A Native American archaeology site on the Connecticut River.

US Census Data on Native People in Vermont   

VT State recognition of Abenaki Bands - The St. Francis/Sokoki Band successfully obtained VT State recognition in 2006. This is out dated.  The legislature determined that the 2006 recognition was illegal so they revoked that designation and enacted another law that vetted tribes to make them prove their heritage.   In 2011 and 2012 four tribes were state recognized.  They are the St. Francis/Sokoki Band of Missisquoi, the Nulhegan (NE Kingdom) the El Nu (SE Vermont) and the  Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas (mid Connecticut River area).

Vt Federally recognized tribe - NRCS formally consults with the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation who are a federally recognized tribe.   They were pushed into Wisconsin to their present reservation in Munsee, Wisconsin about 200 years ago but still have ancestral homelands in most of Addison, Rutland and Bennington Counties extending south from the mouth of Dead Creek to the Massachusetts border and west of Green Mountain foothills to the NY border.  All ground disturbing practices planned within the Mohican homeland of Vermont are submitted to their Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for her review and concurrence of No Historic Properties Affected.

Guide to USDA Programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Federal Employment Web Site

A Guide for USDA Programs for AI AN 2007 - This is a link to USDA Programs that are available for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Tribal Colleges and Universities

Tribal Colleges and Universities - This a link to tribal colleges and universities in the US.

A reference Guide for NRCS Employees

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Title 410, Part 300, Key Tribal Policies, Procedures and Partnerships

Other Web Sites of Interest

Society of American Indian Government Employees

American Indian/Alaska Native Employees Association For NRCS

Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs

Abenaki History