Author Archives: Deb Reger

About Deb Reger

Volunteer Community Radio Broadcaster hosting a radio show called Moccasin Tracks on WRUV FM Burlington (Vermont). Weekly at and 90.1 FM Locally. We broadcast the "Indigenous Perspective" the original peoples(aka before the colonizers), Native music, interviews and news including:Rebroadcasts of National Native News ( and First Voices Radio with host Tiokasin Ghosthorse (

Book Review: The Relentless Business of Treaties How Indigenous Land Became U.S. Property – Martin Case

GUEST_fbcb903f-3791-4588-b3af-e6c3e7a0d964We hope to talk with author, Martin Case soon on  Moccasin Tracks.  This  book is researched history that will always break my heart and leaves me questioning how do we forgive this ugly truth or can we? The so-called property system we live with today was shaped by the men who signed treaties. Big respect to Martin Case for the work that goes into this kind of research yet gifts us with an understanding.  He tells us who the treaty signers were from military officers to land speculators, business owners, traders, settlers who wanted land for themselves.

The book’s focus is with Minnesota and the treaty making times of late 1700’s through 1800’s.  The Northwest Territory included many Nations that were swindled  by so-called treaties, and there is still court rulings today that look at decisions from that time period.

We look forward to conversing with Martin Case about this revealing work and appreciate looking at these past tragic acts to move forward with truth. The book is available thru the Minnesota Historical Society Press.  Moccasin Tracks is heard on WRUV FM Burlington Fridays Noon-2PM.

Thanks, Deb Reger, host and producer of Moccasin Tracks and find us on

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Let The Landscape Speak For Itself with Doug Harris, Narragansett Tribal Deputy Officer for the Narragansett Tribal Historic Preservation Office

Moccasin Tracks was honored and humbled to be able to record and video this important presentation at the Annual Elders Gathering at Sunray Peace Village in Lincoln, Vermont July 2018.  Doug Harris has made this presentation dozens of times in towns, schools, churches and other public places to inform and suggest collaboration in protecting Sacred Sites and in particular the Ceremonial Stone Landscapes set in prayer by the ancestors of the Original Peoples.  This is a 4-part series that we release here after review and editing.  The series is available to community access TV in your area thru, where Moccasin Tracks is pleased to volunteer and broadcast.  We have to thanks staff and post production manager, Zach Zorn for teaching and encouraging Moccasin Tracks in presenting these videos of current and public affairs regarding the  Original Peoples of N’dakinna and in this greater area of so-called New England.

In contemplating the relationships of the many Nations both with each other and Earth and all life we realize how important it is to Protect and support the protection of Sacred Sites for the greater good of all life.  In these videos you will hear the stories of some of these sites now under Protection and the process of identifying and preserving these most sacred sites for the future generations.  Thank-you for honoring and protecting sacred sites where you are.

Here is the link to Part One:

Here is the Link to Part 2:



Part 3:





Thank-you for all you do to protect water, mother earth and all life!

Let The Landscape Speak For Itself

Doug Harris, preservationist

From The Elders Weekend at the Peace Village in Lincoln, Vermont we are grateful to everyone who made this possible to be able to film this presentation by Narragansett Tribal Deputy Officer for the Narragansett Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Doug Harris. The presentation is called Let The Landscape Speak and we are honored to be able to share this with everyone who may be interested in protecting Sacred Stone Landscapes and Ceremonial Stone Sites. In this first part of the presentation Doug gifts us with background information and stories of working with Eastern Tribes and Southern Tribes in this important work. He continues to work to identify and protect sites with all tribes, towns and Nations that have cultural interest in this preservation. In this segment Elder, Michael Bastine shares information that speaks to the word “Indian” and how the original peoples were seen as In-dios (people with God within) could we say spiritual? there was not a country called India yet, Michael tells us. Doug is also using the opportunity to address the children gathered. Meri Kitchens shares a welcoming song and Doug gifts us with an introduction to his work and how he was assigned to be the deputy officer by medicine people of his tribe. This is a preview and we welcome comments as we continue to edit this program at the community access TV, Thank-you Sunray and Wisdom of Elders Gathering for allowing Moccasin Tracks to film. contact Deb Reger for more information about the film at for information about the Peace VillageMVI_0956.MP4.00_58_40_13.Still0030003101DSCF4633.jpg
Part ONE:
Part TWO
In this segment Doug continues his presentation and describes the relationship with towns and the making of MOU’s to protect the sites that have been identified.  He shares about some of the sites that have already been protected.
There is more to be edited and these posts are a preview of the complete presentation which we will continue to work on.  We are also thankful to ORCA media for the use of cameras and editing computers.  Thank-you to the Narrangansett Tribal Historic Preservation Office and to Deputy Officer, Doug Harris for protecting Sacred Sites and
Ceremonial Stone Landscapes for future generations.

Our Beloved Kin A New History of King Philips War by Lisa Brooks : Preparing for Community Radio Interviews With Moccasin Tracks

We invite you to join us in reading some new amazing work by Wabanaki authors including Our Beloved Kin A New History of King Philips War (Yale University Press)by Lisa Brooks, Sacred Instructions by Sherri Mitchell (North Atlantic Books), Savage Kin Indigenous Informants And American Anthropologists by Margaret M. Bruchac.(University of Arizona Press) and Speaking Of Indigenous Politics; Conversations With Activists, Scholars and Tribal Leaders by J. Kehaulani Kauanui (University of Minnesota Press)


We just finished this history book and we ask how could a history book be a “page turner”? So interesting its hard to put down and so full of relationships with place and relatives and cycles of life. Maybe its because we live in this area known as N’Dakinna so rich in Wabanaki history or is it the interesting way the research is presented? or is it because there is a great emphasis of the respect the original peoples had for their women and yes, it must also be the style of writing Lisa Brooks gifts us with. Whatever you conclude you will not be disappointed. Yes, the horrific is true but we know the alnabok (the people from the dawnland) have survived and continue a relationship to all life.

Today the languages are being revitalized and celebrations of the natural cycles of Mother Earth are taking place. One can only feel gratitude for the peoples survival after reading the truth of this history. We can feel a deeper understanding of the trauma experienced by the ancestors but also respect the determination of the descendants to acknowledge the loss and treachery and move towards healing with Intertribal remembrances like canoe trips and other celebrations.

Reading “Our Beloved Kin” is experiencing a true story about domination and land theft in a country that continues to practice domination and stealing from the original peoples. Send in your questions for Lisa Brooks, professor at Amherst University, for our radio interview later this fall or join us on air at WRUV FM Burlington.


Living Culture Celebrated on Moccasin Tracks Links To Current Programs

14713632_1107020152681106_2425154700586291587_nAll week the syndicated Moccasin Tracks show is being rebroadcast featuring an interview with Elnu Abenaki citizen, Melody Walker Brook on Moccasin Tracks.  After just recording the TedxStowe, Melody shared a little of that experience and news from other members of Elnu Abenaki Tribe.  It always encouraging and inspiring to talk to Melody and the conversation from that radio broadcast can be heard here:

The Ted Talk can be watched here:


Also included in the syndicated Moccasin Tracks show is a story told by Carolyn Black Hunt (NH Abenaki) called Grizzley and Black Bear.  Listen here:   laughing-couple-photo-1  We are working on another audio edit of Carolyn from a film project that can be seen here:


Celebrating Living Culture on Moccasin Tracks continues and this week we talked to Perry Ground, Haudenosaunee storyteller and Water Protector Grandmother Carole Bubar-Blodgett we will write about them next time!  You can find links on the facebook page for Moccasin Tracks.

One last effort being made that i wanted to share and that is for broadcaster and host of First Voices Radio, Tiokasin Ghosthorse.  He is selling tee shirts to keep doing radio. Support here:

This one is for Tiokasin… it helps.

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We always appreciate First Voices Radio and rebroadcasting.


2018 Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project

DSCF4442We have recently posted Part 3 of this series and wanted to again share this wonderful project from the Committee on the Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs.( Here is the link to Part 3 from the recording and videoing by Moccasin Tracks producer, Deb Reger.  please write to us at


We enjoyed the weekend recording and videoing this wonderful Spiritual Retreat, hosted at the Northwoods Stewardship Center.  We are honored to share with you this archive video; 2018 Introduction To Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project.

2018 Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project Video Recording With Moccasin Tracks

Thank-you to the organizers and participants for allowing us to record and video this event. Its been over 3 years in the planning and this years retreat was a follow-up to the 2017 gathering. Please read about the ongoing efforts by the organizing committee below. Thank-you to Carol Billings McGranaghan for posting.

Summary Overview:

“ Abenaki People are the original inhabitants in Vermont and have lived in these green hills for 10,000 to 12,000 years. They stayed unacknowledged or facing discrimination after colonization. For several recent generations, Abenaki People in Vermont and New Hampshire have been forced to abandon or hide their own language, customs and even their ethnic identity in order to survive within an overwhelming euro-American dominant society. The result has been a general loss of language, of culturally specific knowledge and values, and of a positive identity.
Because of the eugenics era in the first half of the twentieth century, people of Abenaki heritage were forced let go of cultural ways and hide in plain sight to protect themselves and their children from forced sterilization and institutionalization.
This project aims to reverse that process and promote healing and cultural restoration in the greater Abenaki community.Cultural Regeneration is an urgent need. One’s sense of identity is fundamental to learn in school as well as for socially healthy function. Recent history in Abenaki families has generally been negative in terms of social feedback and the stereo types have not been adequately countered by positive experiences directly related to ethnic identity. As an individual learns about the history and language of her/his grandparents, it generates deeper feelings of belonging within the culture. As an individual learns a few basic, culturally specific lifestyle skills and spiritual practices, a profound grasp of certain values is awakened. These values are directly related to one’s relationship to the environment, to the Great Web of Life, to each other in community, and to oneself as a culture-bearer. Awakening an ancient culturally-based perspective of relationship to the environment can be a life-changing, culturally affirmative, experience. Primary Abenaki values of generosity and sharing, of self-reliance, respect for Elders, the sacredness of plant medicines, the living Earth and elemental Powers, and the teachings carried by animals – all these provide strong guidance for negotiating one’s way through a materialistic society.

I would also like to share the background on the project and what has been accomplished so far.
This project was started 3 years ago by Carol Irons, a member of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. It is in State statute that the Commission cannot receive State money for any projects, but Commissioners can raise money through other means. Carol sent letters to several foundations but only received a small grant from one. She raised some additional money through private donations.
Last June (2 years into the project) Carol arranged to have a week-long retreat at the Northwoods Stewardship in East Charleston, Vermont. There were 7 adult Abenaki participants and 7 teachers. This was to give a basic overview of different cultural areas and included language, history, spiritual, woods lore, plant lore, flint knapping, and fire making. The goal was to “teach the teachers” so that we could go back to our communities and share what we had learned. I was a participant and can truly say it was a life changing experience for me. With the one foundation grant we received (too late to use for the week-long retreat as it had already taken place) – we were able to have a 3 day followup session for the original 7 participants in March, 2018.
I am now the Vice-Chair of the Vermont Commission of Native American Affairs and since last September I have been helping Carol to continue the project. Our goal was to have another week-long retreat this year with new Abenaki participants. Unfortunately we have not gotten funds from any of the different foundations we contacted and have not been able to raise funds from other sources. Thus our attempt at using GoFundMe.
At this point without the funding in place, we will not be able hire teachers, reserve the space, and buy educational materials in time to do a retreat this year. We will use whatever we can raise to fund a retreat next year… giving us time to work out the logistics of hiring teachers, etc.
I hope this background is helpful and I thank you for your time and consideration. “


“With organizers from the Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs and support from the Northwoods Stewardship Center, Abenaki participants were hosted at the Northwoods and were gifted these Basic Teachings with Abenaki Elder Carol Irons. These teachings are basic understandings as many adults and youth are returning to learn these teachings and adapt to their lives. Included in this video are Basic Sacred Pipe Teachings, Smudging, Medicine Bags and Bundles and Energy Fields. Moccasin Tracks was invited by the organizers to archive this weekend event. Thank-you to participants for allowing the filming. Special thanks to the Northwoods Stewardship Center for hosting. And special thanks to the Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs for organizing, oversight and teachings. This project was privately funded with help from foundations and individuals. There is an ongoing fund raising effort to continue this project. We will be posting the next video soon on more teachings including introduction to sweat lodge, drum and power animals. Moccasin Tracks is currently heard on community and student radio at University of Vermont, WRUV FM Burlington. Find more info about our work on also check out website : for information about the Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs




Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project

DSCF4444At the Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston Vermont, Moccasin Tracks was honored to spend the weekend with this group from the Abenaki Nation of Vermont to record and video some of the “Basic Teachings”.  In these pictures the group is making deer hide rattles.  In the coming weeks we will be sharing more pictures and video.DSCF4443DSCF4442.jpgBig thanks to the Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs for sponsoring and continuing to support Living Culture!DSCF4477.jpgDSCF4459.jpgDSCF4457.jpgDSCF4482.jpg

Abenaki Nation Participants in the March 16-18 2018 gathering.  Thank-you!

Commissioner Andrea Brett

Commissioner Carol McGranaghan

Lisa Plourde

Chief Eugene Rich

George Larabee

Commissioner Carol Irons

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Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project Postscript By Request

For the purpose of this article “Vermont Abenaki Nation” or “Abenaki Nation of Vermont” means the group or individual living in the so-called colonial state known as Vermont and since the sponsors, Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs, recognizes all indigenous Nations and serves the state recognized Abenaki Tribes and Bands and those not recognized, registered or enrolled, we at Moccasin Tracks mean all individuals that identify Abenaki as “Vermont Abenaki Nation” etc. with respect to all.