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LogoThe White Pine Association is a not for profit organization located in the heart of Koasek historic territory. The White Pine Association is dedicated to preservation of the history, culture and languages of the Abenaki people and assisting the Koasek and other historic bands of the Abenaki Nation in their mission of preservation, education, health and healing.

The White Pine is made up of trustees who are Abenaki Tribal Citizens and Non-Native people who are members of the community of Wells River, Newbury, Haverhill, NH or have a commitment of to the region and the mission of the White Pine Association.

The White Pine has successfully established a language program of the endangered Abenaki language and is freely giving the language back to the enrolled citizens of the Koasek, Missisquoi/Sokoki St. Francis band, Nulhegan Band and El Nu Tribe via a website hosting audio files and pdf files of the dictionary of the Stephen Laurent and Jesuit Aubrey translation of the Abenaki Language.  We are continuing the language preservation mission with a goal of eventually hosting language immersion programs.

The White Pine Association is also re-establishing our ancient flint corn which was gifted back to us in 2006 by Charlie and Sarah Calley. This amazing corn was grown by the Abenaki in the Koas Meadows on both sides of the CT river in the areas now known as Newbury Vermont and Haverhill New Hampshire.

The White Pine Association is presently working in preservation of the history of the Koas Meadows and establishing a Cultural Center to celebrate our Abenaki history along with the history of other nationalities of people/other nationalities who have settled in the Koas Meadow Region ( Newbury VT and Haverhill, NH).  We thank all those who have supported our efforts over the last two years and look forward to working with all in the future. 

It is with Great pleasure and pride we give to you, the enrolled citizens of the Abenaki Nation your language to learn, copy and preserve forever, for your own use and for the next generations!

Encampment Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

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When: June 25-26, 2011

Native American EncampmentMembers of the Elnu and Missisquoi Abenaki tribes, the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk and Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation will gather will gather at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for the annual celebration of the region’s Native American Heritage. As in other years, tribal members dressed in garments like those worn by their ancestors over the centuries will demonstrate singing, drumming, basket making, quillwork and bead decoration, food preparation, and other life skills.

This year, there is something new to celebrate: official recognition by the State of Vermont was granted to the Elnu and Nulhegan on April 22, and other applications are pending. “A new dawn has risen,” said Nulhegan Chief Don Stevens. Video footage of the April 22 Recognition Day declaration and celebration will be screened during the LCMM event.


The Native people at the encampment are experts in living indigenous arts and traditions, which they expect to share, rather than sell. They have researched, reconstructed, or apprenticed to learn long-forgotten techniques and now are able to create outstanding beadwork, quillwork, basketry, pottery, woodworking and other items for personal use or commissioned pieces. Cherished family stories and photographs provide the basis for a presentation by Koasek Chief Nancy Millette Doucet, who has recreated the clothing worn by an ancestor in the nineteenth century.

The Koasek have also established a program to help preserve Abenaki as a living language. “I have been amazed by the richness and depth of the new cultural and historical information generated by the Vermont Indigenous bands in their research for applications for Vermont State Recognition,” says Frederick M. Wiseman, Ph. D., Director of the Wobanakik Heritage Center in Swanton. “This is a potential new stage in Vermont culture and history – for Native people to work on their own history and culture and then present the results.”

The weekend includes hands-on activities for children, a demonstration of the ancient art of twining textiles, wampum readings, singing, drumming, dancing, and documentary video about the region’s Native American heritage created by student Lina Longtoe.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 June 2011 08:27 )

Towns to Honor and Celebrate their 250th Anniversary

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Newbury, Vermont and Haverhill, New Hampshire will be celebrating the birth of their towns in a year long active celebration throughout the year of 2013.  Whereas, Newbury and Haverhill see themselves as one large community the two will be setting full calendars to coordinate this incredible list of events. First including all annual events already in place the towns will add on to schedule with activities all year on both sides of the river.

The White Pine Association will be working with the communities to bring forth the Indigenous histories in activities of events and programs that were first introduced in Burlington Vermont’s Quad Celebration. The White Pine Association will add onto the events the celebration of Mission Des Loupes that was built in the Koas Meadows in 1675.

The Towns meet once a month at the Haverhill Selectmen’s office. These meetings will help coordinate all aspects of the 2013 celebration with the core committee and break out committees that will focus on individual merits of building such an event. We encourage organizations and individuals who would like to take part in this extremely exciting celebration to come to the meetings. For more information please call Nancy Millette Doucet Committee Vice Chair at 603-747-1015.


Recognition of the Koasek Abenaki of the Koas

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Vermont House of Representative Kate Web has just informed us that the Koasek recognition bill is “on the wall” of the House.  This means that the bill, which was officially “read” this legislative session, is in line to be taken up at the beginning of the 2012 legislative session.  Since the Nulhegan and Elnu Bills passed the committees and the full General assembly unanimously, there is no possibility that the Koasek Abenaki of the Koas  will not pass both houses!! 


As a backup—even if the legislature DOES NOT take up the bill, the Koasek of the Koas will automatically receive recognition WITHOUT ANY ACTION BY THE LEGISLATURE OR GOVERNOR exactly two years after its submission to the Vermont General Assembly, in March 2013.  So there is no possibility that recognition will  not come.  All that is needed is patience.  The Vermont Abenakis have waited almost 40 years, now for Koasek, recognition is assured in 2012, or 2013 if nobody does anything—not very likely.

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 April 2011 20:42 )

Mike Fenn Benefit

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Local resident and tribal member, Mike Fenn age 28 and father of two has recently been diagnosed with brain cancer. On April 30, 2011 5PM there will be a Benefit Dinner for Mike and his family which will be held at the Middle School in North Haverhill NH. A $15.00 donation at the door for dinner is recommended.Dinner will be catered by the Little Grill.

 At the dinner there will be a Chinese Auction and Super Raffle with a $1000.00 grand prize.

The White Pine Association has set in place a Mike Fenn Donation at the Wells River Bank.  Just send checks payable to White Pine Association, Put MIKE FENN FUND in memo and send to    Wells River Savings Bank 34 Main Street North PO Box 645 Wells River, VT 05081-0645.

But most of all send prayers. 

Thank you White Pine Association Board of Directors


White Pine Association intiatives in preserving the old ways

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The White pine association has decided that, in concordance with initiatives elsewhere in the Abenaki Alliance to follow more closely the old ways.  Therefore, this summer we are planning on converting our former “Office” into a longhouse, so that ceremony and community is ascendant over the mundane paperwork that requires an office setup.  This does not mean that the work necessary to gain and administer grants and plan for cultural events will not take place there, just that the format will change.


However, to accomplish this we intend to be “off the grid” and entirely self sufficient, just like the longhouses of our Iroquois allies.

This requires that we purchase a generator to provide reliable power for lights and a laptop  computer   We will also need a wood stove (perhaps two) for heat -- another option would be propane heat.    We are going to fund raise for these two items to make the White Pine Association longhouse a reality.  Any help or donations would be appreciated.


Professor Fred Wiseman has offered to provide interns next fall semester to help paint and decorate the longhouse, for one or two “work weekends” in September or early October and so we hope to have the project finished by harvest supper time.  His students will also manufacture Abenaki-culture appropriate decorative accessories for the longhouse.

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 April 2011 20:36 )

Loss of dear friend and advocate

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The Ellen L. Lutz Indigenous Rights Award and Fund

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Ellen Lutz

The international Indigenous rights organization Cultural Survival announces the creation of the Ellen L. Lutz Indigenous Rights Fund and Award, in honor of its former executive director, who died on November 4, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.

The fund will underwrite the Ellen L. Lutz Indigenous Rights Award, which will honor a heroic advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Ellen L. Lutz was a fierce advocate for human rights throughout her life. As executive director of Cultural Survival she expanded its mission and partnered with Indigenous Peoples around the world to defend their beleaguered lands, languages, cultures, and human rights. She worked at Cultural Survival until just weeks before her death, and requested that her work be continued into the future, saying: "Never give up; never give in. Once Cultural Survival commits to working with an Indigenous community, we are in it for the long haul."

The Fund and Award will honor Ellen Lutz's indomitable spirit by supporting those who carry on her work. If you have questions about the Ellen L. Lutz Indigenous Rights Fund, call Polly Laurelchild-Hertig at Cultural Survival, (617) 441-5400, extension 18 or email polly [at] cs.org.

Memorial services for Ellen will be held on April 30, 2011, at First Parish Unitarian Church in Cambridge, MA, and in May 2011 in New York City.

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