Abenaki Chief Don Stevens appointed to state racial-justice panel

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Chief Don Stevens

Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki Nation has been appointed by Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan to serve on the Racial Disparities in Criminal and Juvenile Justice Panel.

According to the attorney general’s website, the panel’s goal is to “develop a strategy to address racial disparities within the State systems of education, labor and employment, access to housing and health care, and economic development.”

Stevens, a Shelburne resident, said he has been working racial disparity issues for “many years. Mostly in the capacity as Chief and how it affects the Abenaki Community.”

He is working on cultural projects with Burlington’s mayor’s office, regularly attends Vermont State Police Fairness and Diversity meetings at Vermont Law School, and recently testified at hearings before the Vermont Legislature regarding bill S. 281 which researches systematic racism within the state government.

Though his area of expertise is focused on Native people and the Abenaki Nation, he said, “My goal is to take a look at policies and procedures within the criminal and juvenile justice system and offer insights on areas of improvement. There are specific areas within the Department of Corrections and Child Welfare Areas that need to be addressed in regards to Native peoples. As a minority myself, I hope to offer perspectives in whatever areas the panel decides to concentrate on.”

3 Responses to "Abenaki Chief Don Stevens appointed to state racial-justice panel"

  1. Jason Croteau   December 1, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Don is not discussing M’ikmaq access to the commonwealth . one of the problems with the AGO is the failure to provide title viii federal settlement to m’ikmaq / romani and abenkei “gypsys/ native s ” this is also a right to access veterans affairs for title vii instead of the bia . rights though the commonwealth not though the united nations and subsidies from the USDA and consolidation of schools and council on rural development . the term gypsy should not be used in a derogatory way or to demerit indian status . romani people are romani and always have been this also includes m’ikmaq and abeneki tribes as a native culture

  2. Jason Croteau   December 1, 2018 at 9:34 am

    for wabankai leaders to only focusing on restrictive environments wont help with cultural preservation

  3. Jason Croteau   December 1, 2018 at 9:37 am



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