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Recognized: Chapter Two
After the original group of self-proclaimed Vermont Abenaki failed to gain federal recognition, Vermont lawmakers created a state recognition process of their own. One theory in particular informed the state’s consideration: that Abenaki peoples hid in Vermont to avoid persecution, including statewide eugenics policies. In Chapter Two of this special series, we look at recent evidence, as well as older reports, that cast doubt on this narrative.
Oct 19, 2023
41 min
Recognized: Chapter One
Two Abenaki First Nations in Canada contest the legitimacy of the four groups recognized by the state of Vermont as Abenaki tribes. This is a dispute that goes back at least two decades, and has gained more prominence in recent years. In Chapter One of this special series, we trace Abenaki history up to 2003, when Odanak First Nation first denounced Vermont groups claiming to be Abenaki.
Oct 19, 2023
37 min
Recognized: Chapter Three
Who gets to decide who is Abenaki? Vermont’s four state-recognized tribes — and the state recognition law — have different definitions and criteria for what it means to be Indigenous than many Indigenous Nations. In Chapter Three of this special series, we look at this disconnect, and lay out what’s at stake, including power, money and authority.
Oct 19, 2023
38 min
The hotline that helps immigrant dairy farmworkers
University of Virginia researchers say the complaint line run by the grassroots workers’ rights program Milk With Dignity improves conditions for both farmworkers and farm owners. But the program currently only covers one-fifth of Vermont’s dairy industry.
Aug 17, 2023
12 min
The last Italian stone carver in Barre
Giuliano Cecchinelli is part of a long legacy of Italian stone carvers in Barre, craftsmen whose skill transformed an industry and made the small central Vermont town the “Granite Capital of the World.”In the early 20th century, Barre was a booming industry town. Thousands of workers spent their days making monuments. The railroad chugged into town to take them around the country, and stone dust filled the air.But Barre is no longer the bustling industry town it once was. The granite industry has modernized and consolidated. The flood of immigrants turned into a trickle, and eventually stopped. The Italian sculptors have died, or retired, or moved away. And Giuliano is the only one left.Read more and see original and historical photos in the web version of this story.This story was produced by Anna Van Dine, with editing from Mark Davis and Erica Heilman. Digital support from Mike Dougherty and Elodie Reed, with additional assistance from Kari Anderson. Special thanks to Josh Crane, Paige Gherardi Lamthi, Sue Higby, Mary Fregosi, and Scott McLaughlin.
Jun 6, 2023
20 min
Update: One Year Later [JOLTED]
How the events of last year changed Vermont schools and law enforcement. Also - where's Jack?
Mar 14, 2019
15 min
Part 5: Threat Assessment [JOLTED]
How do you know if a young person is plotting a school massacre? And what do you do then?
Sep 27, 2018
29 min
Part 4: The Reversal [JOLTED]
How a Republican governor who had been rated "A" by the NRA decided that Vermont, one of the most gun-friendly states in the nation, needed gun control laws.
Sep 20, 2018
24 min
Part 3: Thought, Or Crime? [JOLTED]
When does planning a school shooting become attempted murder? The question went all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court.
Sep 13, 2018
27 min
Part 1: The Shooting That Didn’t Happen [JOLTED]
Jack Sawyer’s journal contained a startling confession. It landed him in jail, and sent shockwaves through the state of Vermont.
Sep 6, 2018
18 min
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