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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!


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The White Pine Association is pleased to announce the National Geographic DNA Study is now being posted for those who had their test done on location in Koas area last March. People on location were  given papers with an ID # on them and a website where you can check your results. If your results are not there keep checking frequently as the lab is working on them now. Also the first lab results are the Mtn DNA. So males who tested will want to check back the second time for the YDNA which should be started in about a month. 

Thank you White Pine Board of Directors

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 October 2009 19:57 )

language cd's

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The White Pines Association is now in the process of pressing the language cd sets. The first sets were sent to leaders of several bands: Chief Brian Chenevert, Chief April St Francis Merrill, Chief Luke Willard and Roger Longtoe. Sets are now in production to fill the long list of elders and citizens that have been waiting for this long process to get to this stage. We are delighted that we have been able to be of some help in saving the Abenaki Language by having a way to pass it on to others. We are only one small addition to the on going efforts by many Abenaki groups and individuals to save this important endangered language for the next generations. To all those who have ventured into the dedication of saving the Abenaki language the White Pine Association would like to thank you. A rising tide saves all ships and this movement will take alot of work and effort on many peoples part.

We thank you all for your understanding that it has taken some time to get this project to this stage.

Board of trustess the White Pine Association 


Quadricentennial and Nawihla 2009

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Nawihla 2009 will not take place this year as we celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Lake Champlain. Nawihla 2010 will take place in Haverhill New Hampshire and Newbury Vt the first weekend after Memorial Day 2010. Please check here often for other White Pine Events.

 If you are interested in a 2009 Pow wow you may want to visit the Abenaki Heritage Festival on Memorial Day Weekend at Swanton Park. Call Chief April St Francis  Merrill for more information at 802-868-2559

 The El Nu Tribe, Chief Nancy Millette and many tribal citizens will be taking part in Burlington's celebration/ Quadricentennial. To view the list of events in Burlington please visit


check back often as the list of events are still growing!! 

Vermont Indigenous Celebration Signature Event
July 9-12, 2009
Burlington, VT



Last Updated ( Friday, 27 March 2009 13:23 )


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The White Pine Association will be offering Free DNA testing on March 20 and 21, 2009 at the gym in Haverhill Town Office Building on Main Street, North Haverhill, NH. Hours for testing will be Friday March 20st  11 am to 7 PM.  Saturday March 21st from 10 Am to 5 PM. Requirements to take part in this program will include that your family has lived within 25 miles of the historic areas known as the Koas or Oxbow  in the Haverhill NH, Newbury Vermont areas since the 1800’s. If you no longer live in the area but have direct genealogical ties to that area you are also welcome to take part in this program.

 Some ways to show proof of historic family ties can be used from the following list:  birth certificates, US census, death certificates, marriage certificates, family bibles, pages from history of community which identifies your family as being in one of the communities and/or written out oral family history. Copies of proof of long term family residency in the area will be required to take part in this program. Your historic residency to the area documentation can be sent to the White Pine Association (WPA), PO Box 42, Newbury Vt 05051 in advance or you are welcome to bring it with you at the time of the testing.  For people who would like to take part in this program that have historic ties but live out of the area now can still take part in the program via mail.  Just send above documentation into the WPA that shows your family has had early residency in the area and your name and address will be given to the lab to mail your DNA kit to your home.

Testing results will be confidential between the participants and the lab. The laboratory will give your DNA tests a number and your name will not be used for any other purpose except to have so your confidential test results can be returned to you.  The White Pine Association will not be given the result. “We are  only offering and coordinating this free of charge program to the general public rooted within the historic area because so many people have reported they have unsuccessfully tried to find documentation and proof of the Indian heritage in their families, “ states the board of trustees. “ Many had exclaimed they wish they could take a DNA test to help with their pursuit.  There is also a very strong background of many cultures in the area. The WPA is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the rich historic and cultural make up of our homeland for the future generations and helping our communities today with preservation, educational programs, health and human services and more.”

DNA testing does have some draw backs.  Indian heritage for enrollment into a tribe is not determined by DNA markers only.   DNA tests are not complete if the gene crosses from male to female. For instance the test may be negative if the Indian heritage goes from mother to son or father to daughter with the mtDNA and Y-chromosome testing WPA will offer. There is another DNA test that would show this cross over if an individual would like to choose to have it at their own expense.  The genetic make- up needs to follow male to male and female to female in the family line. Also, Indian heritage may not say the exactly tribe a person’s markers come from.  Although DNA testing alone cannot be used to gain enrollment into a tribe it can be a useful tool.  DNA will show markers of heritage whether it is Irish, Scottish, Indian, Italian etc etc. We all have mixed heritage and this gives the people of the Newbury Vermont and Haverhill NH area an opportunity to embrace the colorful past of who they are! 

An example of enrollment into the Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas ( Newbury, Vermont and Haverhill, NH ) for example  would include even with DNA positive results; birth, death,  marriage certificates,  US census that identify a Native American / Indian of that region and you can trace your heritage directly to that person; a family tree with supporting documentation; Persons who demonstrates tribal community involvement  historically and consistently to recent times; family surnames that  are already known to tribal communities and you can trace your linage to that family; person already proven Native American who have lived for generations in or near Newbury, Vermont and Haverhill, NH or have had family members show residency there in historic times which you can show clear relationship to. Family members mean someone sharing a relationship by blood. Near means within 30 miles of North Haverhill or Newbury and finally the person must not already be enrolled in another tribe.

The White Pine Association is very pleased to have this opportunity in bringing this program to North Haverhill, NH to help people find another piece of their genetic puzzle. The scientists and associates will be on location to answer your questions in person on March 20 and 21, 2009.  The same DNA testing has been successfully utilized for the past thirteen years and has characterized mtDNA and Y-Chromosome variation in the East Asian, Siberian and some Native American populations. Other current projects are studies of genetic diversity in modern Aleuts, Indigenous Siberian Peoples, and Neolithic populations from Lake Baikal region by this same team of scientists.

The White Pine Association is a not of profit organization who’s board of trustees are Native and Non Native residents of Haverhill NH and Newbury VT who are dedicated to helping their community with education, preservation and celebrating the uniqueness of our home.

For more information call 802-392-8006 or visit website www.koasekabenaki.org

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 March 2009 11:35 )

White Pine Association’s National Geographic DNA Event Exceeds Expectations

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White Pine Association’s National Geographic DNA Event Exceeds Expectations

North Haverhill, NH- On March 20 and 21, 2009 scientists from the National Geographic visited the area to add another tool of identifying and preserving the history of the Mission des Loupes area and people. In 1675, Jesuit Joseph Aubrey built a mission to Christianize the Indians of the Koas Meadows today known as the Oxbows. For hundreds of years the descendants of the meadow region assimilated with non native population as they moved into the region. The history of the meadows is an important part of what makes the people of Haverhill New Hampshire and Newbury Vermont unique today.

Taking a male and female from families who volunteered to have a DNA annalist under the 5 year National Geographic program hosted by the White Pine Association over the weekend will be used as an important tool for individual families to use in their own genealogy study as well as helping to give a migration pattern to our region. Approximately 400 family roots will be studied of families who have been in the region for hundreds of years. “This is so important to individual families,” state the White Pine Trustees, “and for us it will give us more information as we build detailed historic preservation programs to give to the area children so they can take pride in their colorful past and identity of who they are.”

On Saturday March 21 Professor Fred Wiseman gave a preview of his new film 1609 The Other Side of History.  Trudy Ann Parker told stories of Aunt Sarah, woman of the Dawnland and both she and Fred Wiseman were present for book signing. El Nu Tribal members found enough snow and ice in the field of the White Pine headquarters to have a game of snow snake.  The White Pine’s annual Snow Snake games scheduled in Feb were cancelled due to the blizzard that kept teams from travelling in from Akwesasne, New York, southern and northern Vermont.

The White Pine Association finished their raffle with winners being, First prize: Photo Session (value $150.00) donated by Sonkist Photo. Mike Wood   Waterbury, Vt. Second Prize: (value $100.00) One night lodging in the Jacuzzi room at Nootka Lodge. Donated by Nootka Lodge, Woodsville, N.H.  Colin Wood, Montgomery Center, Vt. Third Prize:  $50.00 gift certificate to Farmway.  Donated by Farmway, Bradford, Vt.  David Merfeld, Piermont, N.H. Fourth Prize: 2009 Garden seeds donated by Huntington Agway of North Haverhill,(value $30.00)  Kevin Fagnant, Fifth prize; Abenaki Book, “Voice of the Dawn” the history of the Abenaki Tribe.  Donated and written by Fred Wiseman. John Fullerton Jr., Woodsville, N.H.   Sixth Prize:  Abenaki Book “Reclaiming the Ancestor” Donated and written by Fred Wiseman.  Shannon Rice East Corinth,Vt. Seventh Prize: 4 tickets to Jax Jr. Cinemas.  Donated by Jax Jr. Cinemas, Littleton, N.H.  Katherine Gaudette,Piermont, N.H.  Eighth Prize: $20.00 gift certificate North Haverhill Pizza and Sub Shop, donated by owner.  Ron and Joanne Fullerton, Woodsville, N.H. Ninth Prize:  Gifts and Creations, donated by Dancing Star Creations, donated Milo Paquin.  Larry Coffin, Bradford, Vt.

The White Pine Association would like to thank the above supporters as well as sponsors; Wal Mart, Town of Haverhill, National Geographic, our board of trustees and Koasek of the Koas Tribal council of elders for their help in making this event a success that exceeded our expectations.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2009 07:57 )

Valley News

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Here is some scans of an article posted in the Valley News about the White Pine Association.

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