Protecting Sacred Sites: A Conversation On Moccasin Tracks

This month a nesting Blue Heron stopped the construction on a pipeline project in Western Massuchusetts. We give thanks for his opportunity to appreciate the man in charge who’s consciousness put life first even for this brief nesting cycle and we applaud the Blue Heron gifting us with story and lessons of life.

Does a pipeline construction project have the right to desecrate Sacred Sites when a Nation with relationship to treaties and Federal Status ask for their most Sacred Sites to be protected and preserved? Who will stand with those peoples to Defend and Respect?



In this interview on Moccasin Tracks, we talk to Deputy Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribe Historic Preservation Office and Anne Marie Garti, attorney representing the Narraganset in this case. We learn about the National Historic Preservation Act that gives the Narragansett Tribe the right to protect their most sacred sites, Ceremonial Stone Landscapes (CSL).

It is humbling to try to think with a consciousness that prioritizes these messages the ancient ones left within these CSLs.

Doug also reminds us of a time when all the Nations in the Northeast US of today and beyond would gather at Gloosap’s Cave for month long ceremonies.

Thank-you for supporting the Original People’s and upholding your part in Peace with Mother Earth and thank-you to the cousins of the Abenaki Nation, the Narragansett Indian Tribe for their continued effort to protect the Ceremonial Stone Landscape on their traditional territory.

Listen here: intro music is from the CD Fuerto with Steven Rushingwind and the Native Groove and the song is called Corazon del Amour from el Cerrito Records and

From Attorney Anne Marie Garti

Motion to Intervene:

Request for one-day extension:

Answer in Opposition to the Requests for a Notice to Proceed with Construction


Doug-HarrisDoug Harris, Deputy Officer for Narragansett Tribal Historic Preservation Office.

Request for Rehearing:

Environmental Justice and Nuclear Waste: From New England To Texas

nuclear-waste-1471361Moccasin Tracks recorded the Tour (From New England to Texas Environmental Justice and Nuclear Waste)  presentations in so-called Brattleboro, Vermont May 6, 2017.  The presenters Rose Gardner, Kevin Kamps and Deb Katz.  Follow the links below to listen to the presentations.  Thank-you to everyone for supporting this tour and the work of these grassroots organizations.

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DSCF3853  (presentation by Deb Katz)   In this podcast  Kevin Kamps speaks to nuclear waste.

Rose Gardner speaks here:

Thank-you for your presentations and to everyone who keeps us informed on this critical issue that will need good minds together to solve.

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Phanem-anon Celebrating Indigenous Women and Leadership Recordings

18034246_1301748206567505_1689876625759766649_nThese amazing women gave presentations last week at Dartmouth College an event organized by Native American students with Native American Studies Program.  A description follows and links to the individual presentations.  Thank-you to all the organizers for a very fine conference!

“Indigenous communities across the world have struggled to adjust and deal with the negative effects of colonialism. We are faced with the destruction of our identities and traditional ways of being, while at the same time we weigh the costs and gains of our continuously changing world. Who has what it takes to lead our communities in their pursuit of survival? We invite the Dartmouth community and the public to join in conversation with the four presenters on four major issues in Indian Country (and beyond)– DAPL, the Keystone XL Pipeline, Indigenous gender issues, treaty rights, history, and UNDRIP for international indigenous peoples, and Indigenous Women in politics. Please join the Native American community at Dartmouth in welcoming these extraordinary women, while engaging in opportunities to bring awareness of prominent indigenous issues.”

Sponsored by: Native American Studies Program, Office of the Provost, Environmental Studies Department, the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Office of Sustainability, Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum, Office of Residential Life and the Living Learning Communities, Native American Program, and the First Year Student Enrichment Program.

With permission Moccasin Tracks recorded this presentation for community radio rebroadcast. Thank-you! This program was designed and organized by the students at Dartmouth College Native American Studies Program.  (listen here to Dr. Jennifer Denetdale)

Indigenous Leadership and Gender in the 21st Century Jennifer Nez Denetdale (Diné) is a historian and scholar of Indigenous Studies, she specializes in theories of colonization and decolonization, Native women & feminisms, and critical Indigenous Studies. She is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. This is the first speaker of the conference Phanem-anon: Celebrating Indigenous Women and Leadership organized by the Native American students at the Dartmouth College Native American Studies Program. Professor Denetdale is the author of Reclaiming Diné History: The Legacies of Chief Manuelito and Juanita (Univ. of Ariz. Press, 2007), two Navajo histories for young adults, and numerous articles and essays. She has been recognized for her scholarship and service to her nation and community with several awards. Micah Daniels (Dine) introduces Professor Denetdale and shares a little of the background of this project and the inspiration to organize this conference with her fellow students. Thank-you to the students and presenters for allowing Moccasin Tracks to record!!  “Listen here to Millilani Trask”DSCF3834In this podcast Moccasin Tracks recorded Mililani Trask (Kanaka Maoli) who speaks to Women’s Involvement in Hawaiian Politics. She is introduced by Kalaeola’a Trask-Sharpe, a student and organizer of this event with other students of the Dartmouth College Native American Studies Program. Mililani Trask (Kanaka Oiwi) is a Native Hawaiian political speaker, attorney, and champion of indigenous and human rights. During the Hawaiian sovereignty movement in the 1980s, Trask founded Ka Lahui Hawaii, a Native Hawaiian initiative for self governance. She worked as a diplomat and has testified multiple times at the United Nations, advocating for the passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She remains prominent in Native Hawaiian politics, and currently serves as an advisor to Innovations Development Group, a firm focused on bringing clean, renewable, energy to Hawaiian
The next speaker is Ellen Gabriel.  Listen Here:
On the second day of the conference Phanem-anon Celebrating Indigenous Women and Leadership, Ellen Gabriel from Kanehsatà:ke (Mohawk Nation) gifts us with this presentation. From the Environmental Studies at Dartmouth, “Ellen Gabriel (Mohawk) is revered for her work as an activist in defending the individual and collective rights of aboriginal people in Canada. Gabriel is most known for her involvement in the dispute between the People of the Longhouse, her community (Kanehsatà:ke) and the Canadian government; when she was chosen to be the official spokesperson during the 1990 Oka Crisis. Gabriel has travelled internationally to Japan, France, Holland, and Strasbourg to educate people about indigenous human rights. She has also participated at various international forums and negotiations.” This event was organized by the Dartmouth College students from Native American Studies Program. Thank-you for allowing Moccasin Tracks to record for community radio!
DSCF3844DSCF3846DSCF3846 copy Winona LaDuke speaking on Indigenous Women and the Environment: DAPL and Keystone XL ..this is part 1 of Winona’s talk. Winona LaDuke (Ojibwe) is a well known environmentalist, economist, writer, and leader. She founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project in 1989, focused on buying back traditional lands from non-Natives for indigenous sustainable development. In 1993, she founded Honor The Earth, an organization which seeks to create awareness and support for indigenous environmental issues, Native development, art, and policy. Honor The Earth and LaDuke were centrally involved at Standing Rock, using media to garner large support against the Dakota Access Pipeline.Listen Here:

Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project

The Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs is sponsoring a camp experience for interested Abenaki adults to grow their learning in traditional ways. It is called the Abenaki Cultural regeneration Project and will run for a week beginning on June 4, 2017. This camp is being run in collaboration with the Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston, Vermont.

In the long view a recovery of cultural knowledge and identity has tremendous potential for many applications in the lives of contemporary Abenaki society. Returning cultural knowledge to all persons of Vermont Abenaki heritage is vitally important for identity, for strengthening healthy life skills and to preserve our special culture for future generations of Abenaki. The result of these efforts, especially on the younger generation of Abenaki is expected to provide tribal members a sense of pride and a deeper knowledge, a clear sense of identity and a stronger value system from which to draw upon in their lives.

We plan to include instruction/practice in woods lore, plantlore, spiritual practices, history and language.

If you are interested in joining the camp and are willing to share what you learn with younger members of your tribe fill out the application.

Carol Irons
PO Box 298
Albany, Vt 05820

info and questions 802-755-6143
or email:

***posted here by request of committee member and Commissioner, Carol Irons***
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Traditional Abenaki Ash Baskets and Apprenticing with Master Artist

A Conversation With Kerry Wood and Aaron Wood On Moccasin Tracks Feb 23, 2017

We are delighted to have had an opportunity to talk with Kerry Wood and her son Aaron Wood about making baskets with traditional Abenaki techniques and values.  Both apprenticed with Master Artist Jeanne Brink and the Vermont Folklife Center Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.  Aron shares a bit about harvesting and preparing to weave the basket which he says is about 90% of the work!  dscf3769DSCF3766.JPG

Kerry tells us about the fancy work on this basket and tells us about the baskets her Great Grandmother Elvine Obomsawin and family made for their livlihood.  She says there was a time they got 5 cents for a basket!dscf3762DSCF3768.JPG  Listen to our conversation from the live broadcast on WRUV FM Burlington.  DSCF3770.JPG

Join the Abenaki Artists Association and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for Abenaki Heritage Weekend, June 25-26, 2017.

Red Warrior Society And Mothers Against Meth Alliance/East Coast Tour Stop In Montpelier

16388063_758674144287603_1936467527259763983_nIn the following podcasts of the audio we collected Feb 2, 2017 at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier, Vermont, Moccasin Tracks is honored to have recorded these voices from the front lines of the No DAPL Prayer camps that are still in resistance near Cannon Ball, ND. These Warriors speak from their hearts in an effort to inform and educate. They tell us their personal stories and we are honored to be able to share them with you here. Also you will here from founder of Mothers Against Meth Alliance, Julie Richards (Oglala Lakota) who has a vision to build a safe house for youth on her reservation. Listen here to Julie Richards personal story.

16425895_757775347710816_7359956142123805683_nthis is the banner they brought with them and we will be posting the complete presentation on    this is Ernie Cobiness on the tour…just the song  and this is the Ernie, his presentation and song

here is Victor Puertas and other Red Warriors on tour:


Thank-you Red Warrior society and Mothers Against Meth Alliance!  We appreciate your work !  Mni Wiconi! Water Is Life!




Water Protectors From NDAPL Join Us On Moccasin Tracks

DSCF3734.JPGDSCF3733.JPGJust back from the resistance to DAPL Prayer Camps Neddie Katsitsiaionhne, Leadhorse Choctaw and Daniel stop by WRUV FM Burlington for a Live radio interview with Moccasin Tracks, a weekly show hosted by Deb Reger and friends.

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Music Credits: Prolific The Rapper Remix Black Snake with Tribe Called Red, Pow Wow Stadium, original song ( Gabriel Ayala, Encore CD, Deez Mas (records) La Isla, song ( Annie Humphrey, Spirit Horses from Makoche Music Daniel Guzzman King (Oneida Nation, Wisconsin), Neddie (Mohawk Nation) and Leadhorse Choctaw join us on Moccasin Tracks in this Part 1 of Moccasin Tracks from the live broadcast on WRUV FM Burlington, Feb 2, 2017. Just back from the Oceti Oyate Prayer Camps these Water Protectors share their experiences. Neddie sings for us. Daniel reads about Rizol and the health consequences of the buffalo, people and all life as quarantine is happening on the Cannon Ball Ranch. ( Also check out : Water Protectors have also been poisoned by this chemical spraying. Daniel also shares from information on the Pipeline #3 going thru Minnesota. Also listen to Part 2 with the Water protectors on Moccasin Tracks, Feb 2, 2017. Moccasin Tracks is heard weekly on WRUV FM Burlington at 90.1FM and Thursdays noon-2PM with host and producer Deb Reger We are syndicated on Pacifica Radio Network weekly, contact for more info. Tracks


Joining us in the air studio at University of Vermont student and community radio, WRUV FM Burlington we are honored to have Neddie Katsitsiaiohne (Mohawk Nation), Daniel King from the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin and Leadhorse Choctaw, Water Protectors just returning from the resistance to DAPL camps near Cannon Ball ND, to gather supplies to take back to the Haudenosaunee camped in resistance to the DAPL. They tell us about ceremony and the importance of providing spiritual support for the Water Protectors on the front lines and share personal stories. Thank-you to all the Water Protectors!! Neddie also sings another Round Dance Song in this segment of Moccasin Tracks. Other Music includes Northern Cree,Ewipihcihk CD, Young and Free song from Canyon Records and Thomas X from Red Lake with Rez Rap Records, Have A Nice Day CD and song. Poem by Sherman Alexie, Autopsy. Also we played A Tribe Called Red, Electric Pow Wow is the track from the CD: A Tribe Called Red

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