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Fri Apr 19, 2024, 09:03 AM Apr 19

Abenaki peoples speak at the United Nations about Indigenous identity fraud in Vermont [View all]

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https://www.vermontpublic.org/local-news/2024-04-18/abenaki-peoples-united-nations-indigenous-identity-fraud-vermont-billboard

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Abenaki peoples speak at the United Nations about Indigenous identity fraud in Vermont

Vermont Public | By Elodie Reed
Published April 18, 2024 at 11:29 AM EDT

At exactly 7:02 p.m. Tuesday, above the heads of tourists, performers and costumed superhero imitators, a digital billboard in Times Square flashed maroon for sixty seconds.

It read: “Stop identity fraud, Abenaki of Odanak and W8linak sole guardians of Abenaki identity.”



Elodie Reed / Vermont Public
For what they say only cost $500, the Abenaki Councils of Odanak and W8linak and the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador bought a billboard in Times Square for one minute of every hour on Tuesday, April 16.


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It was the same message that the Abenaki Councils of Odanak and Wôlinak and the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador delivered Wednesday to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

There, two youth Abenaki representatives spoke during a side event titled: "Identity Fraud and Indigenous Self-Determination: Abenaki Youth Perspectives."

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