Month: November 2017

What is Abenaki Self Help Association, Inc.?

What is Abenaki Self Help Association, Inc.?

In 1976, the Abenaki Tribal Council established the Abenaki Self-Help Association Incorporated (ASHAI), whose aim was to improve the socio-economic and educational conditions of community members. The ASHAI (a non-profit organization) became the “social service” arm of the community, while the Tribal Council pursued a 

The Function of the Tribal Council

The Function of the Tribal Council

The Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi has seven elected Tribal Council Members. The Missisquoi Abenaki Tribal Council acts as an advisory group to the Chairman and enact resolutions which have the force of LAW when approved by a simple majority at a regular citizenship 

Title VII Indian Education

Title VII Indian Education

What is the Indian Education Program ?

Title VII of the Indian Education Act was first authorized by Congress in 1972. A subcommittee ascertained that Native Americans were performing the poorest of all socio-ethnic groups within the public school systems. Recommendations called for federal assistance in education and cultural support services as well as increased parent participation (self-determination).


Title VII is administered through a LEA (local educational agency). The Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendant’s office is our LEA. Funding for Title VII comes directly through the Federal Department of Education.


Title VII Indian Education is a community-based project which continually solicits input from Abenaki community members. Program goals are derived from a belief that parents play a critical role in the education of their children. Our project has been operating since 1981.


What are the goals of the program?

The program is committed to assuring equity for all students through direct intervention, systemic change, and increased parent involvement.

Goals Include:

  • Increasing the achievement level of Abenaki students, Grades K-12.
  • Reducing the dropout rate of high school students.
  • Providing cultural enrichment activities.
  • Promoting active parent participation through many opportunities, including our Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), which oversees all program activities.


Parent Advisory Committee members:

Brenda Gagne        [email protected]
Patty Greenia         [email protected]
Ann St. Francis
Lorrie Choiniere      [email protected]
Kevin Latuch          [email protected]
Kellie Belisle          [email protected]
Jenn Sullivan         [email protected]
Amy Bilodeau        [email protected]
Jamie Barney        [email protected]

Student Reps

Natasha Ryea
Mitchal Shedrick