A committee of the Vermont Senate plans a hearing this week on whether to offer recognition of the Abenaki Indians.
The Economic Development Committee plans to meet on Tuesday in St. Johnsbury on a resolution introduced by Senator Julius Canns of Caledonia County. The resolution would offer the Legislature’s recognition of the tribe. But it says it is not intended to confer any special rights, such as claims to Vermont lands.
The notion of Abenaki recognition has been politically touchy for years. A number of senior policymakers say such a resolution could give the tribe a better chance at federal recognition. That could lead to land claims and Indian-sponsored gambling businesses.