first_imgA new law that sets up a process for state recognition of Native American tribes in Vermont has revised the makeup of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs and has that panel seeking nine new members. The law, also known as S222, increased the number of members on the VCNAA from seven to nine, and also imposes a Vermont residency requirement for the first time.“This law establishes  a completely new Native American Commission with new responsibilities,” said Giovanna Peebles, State Historic Preservation Officer and director of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.Governor Jim Douglas will be appointing 9 new members to the VCNAA by September 1, provided that a sufficient number of qualified candidates have submitted applications to the Governor.The new law requires that eligible applicants must have lived in Vermont for a minimum of three years and that appointments should “reflect a diversity of affiliations and geographic locations in Vermont.”The division will compile a list of candidates from recommendations from Native American communities residing in Vermont. Individuals may also apply to the Division.All applications will be due at the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation by August 15, 2010. “The VCNAA has important work ahead to protect and strengthen Vermont’s Native American heritage,” Peebles said. “We encourage those interested to apply.”The VCNAA will implement the new process, as set forth by the Vermont legislature, for recognizing Native American tribes in Vermont that includes review by the commission, an independent review committee of experts, and approval by the legislature.Applications for appointment to the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs will be available on-line July 22, 2010, at the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation website: www.historicvermont.org(link is external) or the VCNAA website: http://vcnaa.vermont.gov/(link is external)A full-text review of S222 can be found at: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2010/Acts/ACT107.pdf(link is external)Further information is available online at www.historicvermont.org(link is external)Source: State of Vermont. 7.23.2010last_img