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Land Acknowledgment 

The Field Center is located in what is now known as the Town of Rockingham, Vermont near the village of Bellows Falls/Kchi Pôntegok (Great Falls) about 30 miles upriver from Brattleboro/Wantastegok (At the River Where Something Is Lost).

It is home to 50 acres of forest rising up from the banks of the Williams River and is used by bobcat, coyote, bear, moose, frog, deer, rabbit, fox, turkey, porcupine, hawk, eagle, weasel, owl, beaver, opossum, skunk and vast communities of non-human beings.

Image of a bright orange salamander crawling on the forest floor, surrounded by leaves and moss.
Image of the nearby river, many rocks warped and fractured by the clear waters

We acknowledge that these are also the traditional and ongoing homelands of the Algonquian-speaking Abenaki [a-BEN-aki], one of the five nations in the Wabanaki (Dawnland) Confederacy. The Abenaki and their ancestors have lived and thrived as part of this land, and throughout what is known today as northern New England and southern Quebec, for twelve thousand years before their land was stolen, facing genocide through waves of Euro-American and Canadian colonization (which continues).

The present day political constructs on this land were built through and inside of that experience and by those superimposed forces, including processes of legal recognition or erasure. 

As a result of these long-contested processes, today this area is home to the Elnu Abenaki, one of four Vermont State-recognized Bands (2011). Note that not all Native communities and individuals are affiliated with a recognized or organized band.


Elnu Abenaki Tribal Website | southeastern Vermont
Nulhegan Abenaki Tribal Website | northeastern Vermont

Missisquoi Abenaki Tribal Website | northwestern Vermont

Koasek Abenaki Tribe | east central Vermont

We encourage you to connect with these people! The Abenaki are very much alive and active in the area and we invite you to learn more about them and their realities.

Image of a swallowtail butterfly resting on a white daisy.
Image of a nearby prairie of wildflowers and tall grass at sunrise

This acknowledgement was co-written and approved by Rich Holschuh, Chairman for the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs

We also strongly encourage you to seek out and connect with Indigenous communities around you as a practice - regardless of where you live - to learn about them and to listen to and support them. Engaging with, amplifying, and prioritizing voices from Indigenous and First Nations people is an essential part of the ongoing reconciliation and healing work that is necessary in these Lands.
HERE IS A MAP to help you find and acknowledge the tribes in your area NOTE: please contact local nations to verify

We resolve to learn and honor the true histories and realities of the spaces and places in which we live and work, and to integrate these truths into our own perspectives - no matter how painful - and to acknowledge our complicity and our power in making positive change through our decisions. We are currently in the process of constructing a permanent, physical land acknowledgement at the Field Center.

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