Greetings and Gratitude


Giving Thanks From Moccasin Tracks To You

Some links to listening to recent interviews..we will be back on air Jan 9 (Noon-2PM), Jan 13 (Noon-4PM) Jan 16 (noon-2PM and Jan 23 (noon-2PM)

Its a beauty of a snowstorm and giving thanks for the warmth of a woodstove and shelter. With some awesome presentations close by, Moccasin Tracks has been audio recording and editing for community radio broadcast thru the Pacifica Radio Network. Interviews conducted on Moccasin Tracks live broadcast at WRUV FM have also been posted and we will share those links below.

We wanted to give heartfelt thanks to our community radio stations that rebroadcast the syndicated shows and also big thanks to Onion River Community Access TV for mentoring Moccasin Tracks and broadcasting the stories and news of the original peoples that we produce. thru Vermont Media Network your local cable station can broadcast these programs as well. Go to search for Moccasin Tracks to find all the editions including the Saratoga Native American Festival Part 2 just released.

Listen here to Moccasin Tracks interviews broadcast on WRUV FM Burlington Nov thru Dec 2017:
Fidel Moreno, indigenous filmmaker, is presenting the screening of Gathering Our Hearts At Standing Rock along with Water Protectors Jonahruh
Roberts and Ryan B Curtis who share stories and music. Thank-you. Moccasin Tracks host, Deb Reger, interviews with Fidel at the end of this podcast. He shares his feelings and wonder at his experiences at Standing Rock.
This edition of Moccasin Tracks features A Conversation With Evan Pritchard, and songs with Evan and on Canoe Song he plays guitar. Music is from a CD but the conversation is not the best quality audio.(tech difficulties at the station)
We talk about celebrations of the season,landkeepers, ceremonial stone landscapes and intentional fires. Evan Pritchard encourages us all to nurture our spirits and “don’t let anyone put out your inner fire”, to sing up the Sun and practice gifting all year! Always an honor to have Evan on air. find out more at:

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Moccasin Tracks recorded a talk/presentation by Dallas Goldtooth, campaign organizer for “Leave It In The Ground”, Indigenous Environmental Network. “Dallas Goldtooth, a celebrated activist and comedian, will be the featured speaker at the signature event of Native American History Month at Champlain College on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., in the Champlain Room at the Center for Communication and Creative Media. Goldtooth is an organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, one of the co-creators of the 1491s comedy group, an organizer of the Keystone XL Campaign, Standing Rock activist, a Dakota linguist, artist, comedian, and powwow emcee. His talk is entitled “Resistance, Renewal, and Laughter: Our Fight to Protect Mother Earth.”

In this segment of Moccasin Tracks, Dec 26, 2017 we are broadcasting from WRUV FM Burlington on the campus of University of Vermont. Grandmother Tsastilqualus talks to us from the Matriarch Camp, holding space in solidarity with all the peaceful camps that are protecting the Salmon in the traditional territory of her Nation. The women have been at camps, some for longer than 3 moons protecting the water and life from the commercial fish farming areas that are pooisoning the Wild Salmon.This is part of her DNA she tells us, the Salmon are the culture of her Nation. She is now at the camp outside offices of Fisheries and ocean in Victoria, BC. Support and information can be found on the Facebook pages: Cleasning Our Waters

As an Indigenous Woman from Labrador, Denise Cole has been walking “with straight eyes and clean hands” for many years as part of the circle moving with spiritual work as is her duty/responsibility. The resistance to the Mega-Dam Project known as Muskrat Falls is cultural genocide of her Nation. Her community is downriver and at risk of flooding caused by this project. Already the Land has been plundered. Denise tells of of her personal spiritual work that continues to make a growing circle of solidarity. Find more info at the social media sites and on Land Defenders and other indigenous led and solidarity groups working together to protect the water and land and life.

As an introduction we read a letter sent to the UN. We talk to Terri Sappier at the Wolastoq Grandmothers Cultural Camp which stated in the summer of 2017 when the providence of New Brunswick made an agreement with the Sisson Mining Co. As Terry says they are not leaving. She took a year to prepare to go back to living on the traditional territory of her ancestors. She says everyone has inherent rights and that these Grandmothers are practicing their inherent rights. ” The proposed tungsten and molybdenum open pit mine and tailings facility will be operational for the 1 generation leaving behind irreparable damage for time immemorial. The money raised will be used to help with costs such as fuel, food, and materials to build a traditional educational institution (healing lodge)for everyone who wants to learn about the Wulustukyik (Maliseet people).”


Thank-you for listening to Moccasin Tracks and supporting the perspectives, music and Voices of the Nations you hear on this radio show!


Statement From Pessamit First Nation Regarding Project Hrydro-Quebec


From The Pessamit Innu First Nation

A planned catastrophe

PESSAMIT – 07-11-2017: The Pessamit Innu First Nation accuses Hydro-Quebec of failing to uphold its obligations and responsibilities by filling its hydropower reservoirs to near capacity despite the “Precaution Principle” and various laws and regulations applicable in Canada. Hydro-Quebec’s procedures in managing its reservoirs do not take into account any potential damage to communities, the environment, and wildlife resulting from the discharge from reservoirs of exceptional volumes of water. These management procedures have recently caused an environmental catastrophe involving 43.4 miles of the Betsiamites River (Northeastern Quebec), and also is jeopardizing the safety of those using the waterway.

Following last week’s heavy precipitation, Hydro-Quebec discharged large volumes of water into rivers downstream of its installations, increasing water levels and flows to unsurpassed heights, according to Innu tribesmen whose ancestors have occupied the territory for thousands of years. At Hydro-Quebec, the situation is attributed to “exceptional” autumnal flooding resulting in abnormal levels of water in the reservoirs. Spillways on the Bersimis-1 and 2 hydroelectric dams (on the Betsiamites River), those on Manic-5, 3, 2 and 1, on McCormick, Toulnustouc and Outardes-2, were opened one after the other, causing devastating impacts on the environment and wildlife, and creating a catastrophic situation that has not occurred since the Manic-Outardes complex was built in 1978 and Bersimis was completed in 1962.

A total loss
In the wake of these “exceptional” measures, the Betsiamites River, the principal access for the Pessamiulnut to their traditional territories, over-flowed its banks into wooded areas made up of centenary trees that had never before been inundated. Debris of all sizes, including a great number of whole trees, were driven into the river. Clay embankments were also washed out by the flow, creating foreseeable damage to Atlantic salmon spawning sites (spawning season being about to begin). Furthermore, at least six traditional camp sites located in wooded areas were greatly damaged or totally destroyed, including the total loss of the Unikamit site, managed by a Pessamit company called Mashkuss Aventures.



The Chief of the Pessamit Innu Band Council, Mr René Simon, has no doubts as to the actual causes of this situation: “Hydro-Quebec can go on forever about an exceptional seven day downpour occurring in October being the sole factor in the discharge of large volumes of water from the reservoirs, but it’s a lie! 2017 precipitation data for this period, compared to normal precipitation data from October 25th to 31st, do not justify releasing so much water at such a time. While it is the case that precipitation was above average during this period, overall precipitation for the summer and fall of 2017 was less than average. In fact, it hardly rained at all in the Quebec North-Shore region during this summer and fall. Why then were Hydro-Quebec’s reservoirs filled to such a level that they were ready to overflow after only seven days of rain?”

The smoking gun
The answer is simple: in its frantic race to attain new contracts, Hydro-Quebec has assured its potential clients in New England that its hydropower reserves would be increased beyond the Province of Quebec expected requirements (reminder: New-England’s decision is expected in January 2018). Solution: maintain reservoir water levels as high as possible in view of increasing energy producing capacity upon request. The problem is, such a procedure doesn’t take into account strong and unexpected periods of rain, as occurred in October 2017. Result: reservoirs overflow and spillways are opened, whatever the consequences.

Clean Energy?
“This is the type of management we are up against,” says Chief René Simon. “While Hydro-Quebec is discharging its reservoirs, it’s also abandoning all precautions. Damages sustained by members of our First Nation, those inflicted to our Nitassinan (traditional territory), to various animal species and fish in the Betsiamites River, are only part of the story. When our non-Native neighbours discover the damage inflicted to territories they use for work and recreation, they too will experience the fallacy of Hydro-Quebec’s Clean Energy concept. Hopefully, the citizens of New England will do the same before January.”


Photo 1: Total loss of the Unikamit site, managed by a Pessamit company called Mashkuss Aventures.
Photo 2: Kim Picard and Jean-Luc Kanape, owners of Mashkuss Aventures, saw their dream washed out by the flow.
Photo 3: The Bersimis-2 hydroelectric dam discharged exceptional volumes of water.


For more information:
Louis Archambault
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Moccasin Tracks: Links To Podcasts, Updates and Book Reviews


Original Thinking A Radical ReVisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature by Glenn Aparicio Parry

Now available at the University of Vermont Library! With the slim sliver of a moon against the dark we are moving with the light and giving thanks. In a curious state of mind there are questions and as we read thru Glenn’s book, “Original Thinking”, we are moving with his questions that pepper the book throughout and appreciation for his writing and teaching.

Glenn Aparicio Parry shares stories from cultures that point to a cognitive way of thinking that gives voice to Traditional Knowledge (AKA Wisdom) of the original peoples.

From the Living Cultures of today he shares his empirical knowledge and gifts us with the academia research that authenticates.

Yes! read the book and reach out to all dimensions that we exist with and especially reach out to Mother Earth for a deeper understanding.


Reflections and Mirrors


(also my homework assignment)
Reflections and random observations

On my way to school, which incidentally can be a challenging task as an older adult, there was ample
opportunity to reflect and really see reflections. There was in the mirror all that surrounded me like the mountains and sky and the standing silent ones and there flew a hawk. It really is a fine tune (i.e.: music) for the heart filled with gratitude. Then the car mirror flew off and left was the dark blank frame, a hole surrounded by life spirit of the mountains, sky, clouds and all manner of standing silent Nations.

Our conversation around the topic “Sacred Politics” started with a way of seeing or knowing being explained by author, educator Eco-psycologist, Glenn Aparicio Parry, as part of the relationship original peoples had with their environment. He says the Wisdom of these peoples can be reflected with the continuous cognitive ways and relationships that are still practiced today. Traditional peoples still practice ceremony and have reverence for the spirit of all life. What we talked about was being keen observer, also our first assignment for Documentary Film Making class….go observe before filming.

This is an audio experience, its live radio broadcasting from the center of campus to the center of listeners hearts. First music with Redhawk Woman followed by interview with Glenn Aparicio Parry.

Listen here:

So i thought about the mirror and will glue one on there but as a human being or a filmmaker i want to remember to see what is not seen on this dimension, in the mirror, but perhaps appealing to something else not an argument but rather intuition or a reflection.

We continued the conversation because the Grandmothers are always reflecting the old ways in each crystal they plant activates others to reflect light and move with healing energy and kindness and peace. With Founder of Grandmothers Circle The Earth, Susan Kaiulani Stanton, we talked while the Elders reveled in their journey thru the mountain along the shores of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Listen here to our conversation:

Next week i will look at the prompts for writing a reflection, but look for an old school book report on “Original Thinking A Radical ReVisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature” by Glenn Aparicio Parry too.

Interview with Steven Rushingwind:

Music and interview with Steven Rushingwind from the award winning CD, Fuego by Steven Rushingwind and the Native Groove we hear Fuego,

Tambor De La Noche and Danza Del Corazon Steven Rushingwind announces a new Cd being released later in October, 2017. He also tells us about his tour of Japan and later more touring with his group Steven Rushingwind and The Native Groove including stops in Florida. With his final words of the interview Steven shares his heart. It is always fun to catch up with Steven Rushingwind who encourages us to feel the healing in playing music.

Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project 2017


Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project 2017
Links To Archives And Audio Collected With Moccasin Tracks

Living Culture, is how we describe the original peoples, a cognitive way of thinking and being in relationship. We are deeply in appreciation of the renaissance of Abenaki Culture and Wabanaki traditions in music, art, language and way of life that we witness and sometimes have the opportunity to record or video in this land called N’Dakinna. We say thank-you to the original peoples, the Vermont Abenaki Nation for gifting us with this opportunity and in turn we gift the viewers and listeners with this glimpse of Abenaki Living Culture.

Each of the Bands and Tribes are practicing a revitalization and this is just a small glimpse into this Nation. We are learning allyship and Moccasin Tracks uses community access radio and TV to give the voices and stories of the original peoples air time. We especially want to thank Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs, Northland Stewardship Center, all the participants and presenters and special thanks to Carol Irons for making this happen.

Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project 2017
description by Carol Irons

“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.

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Links To Presentations

In this movie Evan Pritchard (Micmac) shares basic Native American Sign Language and gifts us with teachings from the many Elders he has studied with. He gifts us with song, stories and traditional ways and lifeways that embrace Algonquin Traditions.

Filming by Moccasin Tracks with photography added by Kerry Royce Wood. In this episode Evan Pritchard (Micmac) is presenting spiritual teachings and the group plays Hand Games or Stick Game and learns songs and more Native American Sign.

In this video, Moccasin Tracks continues with a presentation by Evan Pritchard, at the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project held June 4-10 , 2017. Evan Pritchard, ” a descendant of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations) is the founder of The Center for Algonquin Culture, and is currently Professor of Native American history at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he also teaches ethics and philosophy. He is the author of Native New Yorkers, The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York. He is also the author of the widely praised No Word For Time, the Way of the Algonquin People, and many other books, including an Algonkian language series.” In this presentation, the participants pick a Bird Medicine Card and Evan leads with song, interpretation and discussion. Stories about Bird Medicine and songs are shared. The Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs sponsored this event and the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project will continue with more workshops in the planning for 2018. More info at: The commission will begin meeting monthly in September, 2017.

Dr Mariella Squire presented Language and Cultural Abenaki History at the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project 2017. This was filmed by Moccasin Tracks at the Northwoods Stewardship Center in Northeast Vermont. Prepared for community TV broadcast this presentation gifts the viewers with a glimpse of the topics covered in this adult camp for these future teachers. Dr Mariella Squire is a professor at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. We include songs and photographs by Kerry Royce Wood (Abenaki Basketmaker and participant). Thank-you for supporting the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project. DSCF3925

From the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project 2017, Moccasin Tracks recorded this Abenaki Language class with Dr Mariella Squire. Language was just one of the many workshops held at the Northwoods Stewardship Center during this week long camp for adults.

Red Martin shares his skills of firemaking with a bow drill to the students at Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project Camp. Big thanks to Red Martin for sharing. During the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project Red Martin joined the group bringing kits for all the Abenaki students to take home and practice firemaking. In this video Red Martin shows us how to use the tools in the kit for firemaking. This was just one of the many workshops experienced by the group during the week long camp at the Northwoods Stewardship Center. The Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project was held June 4-10 and was sponsored by the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. Moccasin Tracks was able to record and video and grateful for the experience. Thank-you to Kerry Royce Wood for sharing pictures and all the participants. Special thanks to Carol Irons and family for the support. And thank-you for your interest in Living Abenaki Culture.

Audio Links

Recorded at the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project by Moccasin Tracks with Brian LaPierre (Abenaki) and Jo Hamlin. Plant Lore

During the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project 2017, Moccasin Tracks recorded this segment of an evening presentation with Evan Pritchard. He is speaking to sending prayers thru song and animal helpers to the “Creator” or Manitou and teaching the group this song for the Eagle. This event was part of the week long camp for adults sponsored by the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs ( special thanks to Carol Irons more info on Evan Pritchard’s website about his work

Intro To Wildcrafting with Jo Hamlin

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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: