Our Mission Statement

The Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation, New England & Eastern Canada, is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of our Native culture in our traditional ways regarding our ancient territory.

Through partnership and cooperation with other Native people, we strive to unite within the Wabanaki Confederacy in peace and harmony. We strive to educate our members in our ancient ways and customs while incorporating these tools in our contemmporary Native life today.

Priority is given to respect, honor and peace between our Abenaki cousins and humanity while protecting the earth and all living things.

Expanding on our Mission Statement

Our long journey from ancient times to the present has left the Koasek peoples stronger and wiser, having withstood the test of time. Our self-determination to maintain and preserve our tribal family relationships has reached far and wide, helping to pass on the courage to stand up to persecution, sterilization and attempted extermination. Today we stand stronger than ever in our determination to preserve out native culture, social practices and spiritual beliefs.

The name Koasek has evolved through many unions with other clans and tribes, such as the Nolka, Cowasuck of the Coos, Cowasuck of North America, Cowasuck, and Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation. These unions have resulted in adding the word “Nation” to our name due to the coming together of so many proud Native People over time.   Our well documented history exceeds 180 years and includes 15 recorded chiefs, beginning in 1832, to the present.

Our mission today centers around the revival of missing pieces of our culture that were hidden and nearly lost due to fear of subversion by the white man. Of most importance, is our spiritual presence and allegiance to our tribe and homeland and to preserve and propagate the use of our native Abenaki Language, ancient stories, music and our dances. We recognize that educating our young people in these practices is core to our mission.

Our intention is to reinforce our ancient traditions and customs such as Basket Making, Drum Making, Regalia Creations, Spiritual Ceremony, Family Support, Respect and Values. Teaching our young is very important because they are the key to sustaining our cultural future.

Throughout our long history, we have always maintained and reinforced our old family ties to one another. While our modern-day roots are centered in Vermont as they were in the past, various forces such as the economic necessity of traveling far and wide in search of employment have spread our people all over Canada and the United States. Consistent with our mission of preserving our culture and beliefs, we maintain the determination to hold our tribe together, no matter what the distance that may separate us one from another.

Our tribe has a very proud record of accomplishments and milestones which we have achieved to date. Below is a brief list of some of the milestones and work in progress:

  • After 200 years, we brought back our ancient Snow Snake Games in February 2008. We have continued having them every year to the present except for February 2010, due to extremely poor weather.

  • Another great moment in our history occurred on 13 September 2006, when Charlie and Sarah Calley, presented the original Abenaki corn back to the Koasek tribe. Abenaki corn had been given to the Greene family 300 years ago to help them survive.   The Green family had been protecting and growing seeds from the original corn ever since. Later, they passed it to the Calley family who did the same. Within days after the gifting, our tribal members gathered and had a planting ceremony which delivered a good crop that year.   On 25 May 2009, Charles Calley gifted more seed to Chief Nathan Pero of the Koasek Nation.

  • In keeping with our efforts to instill native culture in our young people, as well as in adults who are returning to native practices, during the month of June 2012 we held a very successful series of seminars on native spiritual practice in Thetford Center. The seminars were led by Chief Grey Wolf (of Bristol, New Hampshire) and were designed to teach native spiritual beliefs and to provide our youth with an alternative to drugs and non-native behavior.

  • We understand that occasionally our way bumps up against the legal institutions of the white man's world; we are pursuing the development of family and economic support groups that can help tribal members maintain their core families and dignity when times are tough.

  • We will enable our people to expand our promotion of education and cultural reconstruction. Further we plan to educate the general population and surrounding communities with Pow Wows, special events, classes and school programs, as well as environmental issues along with protecting our wildlife and forests from unnecessary development.

  • We continue to fight elements that try to take over our tribe, or dissolve, merge or destroy our democratic system. Attempts have failed in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015, and the corrupt practices of other tribes controlling the Vermont Native American Commission soured our desire to deal with questionable Vermont State politics. Each time we have prevailed to protect our people in our continued path of peace for all Abenaki.