Schaghticoke First Nation's Newsletter

Review of recent events and notice of upcoming events

By: Kristin Stinavage, SFN Tribal Secretary


Radio Interview & Podcast with Moccasin Tracks

Music Credits: Joan Henry, Woman's Honoring Song from; Joanne Shenandoah, Once In A Red Moon CD, Mother Earth Speaks, Canyon Records: Eastern Medicine Singers, Old School Eastern CD,Tabotne Wutne,; Bear Fox, Gifts CD and song from

"I am the river and the river is me, I am the land and the land is me, I am the mountain and the mountain is me and they believe it [...] The Maori were able to claim their river as a living breathing entity because they never changed their language and understanding of how they relate to their language [...] there is no separation between us and Mother Earth"
- Sachem HawkStorm

Host is Deb Reger, a community radio broadcaster since 2009 arriving at WRUV FM Burlington in the spring of 2013. This talk went into great depth about the Schaghticoke people's history, referencing the book Our Beloved Kin by Lisa Brooks, and what the Schaghticoke First Nations are working on today. 

Moccasin Tracks was created because history has been written around the original peoples especially in so-called Vermont where the recognition of the original people of this area, N’Dakinna, did not happen till 2010 by Act of Vermont State Legislature. We celebrate the living Abenaki Culture as well as the 500 plus other original Nations of this country and world-wide with music, interviews, art, talk, news and all manner of public affairs programming.  

Clan Mother, Alonda Snowbird Bear Woman, with her sister Aldonna Snowflake at Shinnecock Powwow

The Shinnecock Indian Nation is a federally recognized tribe of historically Algonquian-speaking Native Americans based at the eastern end of Long Island, New York. This tribe is headquartered in Suffolk County, on the southeastern shore. Since the mid-19th century, the tribe's land base is the Shinnecock Reservation within the geographic boundaries of the Town of Southampton. They are descendants of the Pequot and Narragansett peoples of southern New England, whose bands also occupied eastern Long Island.

Yearly Gathering at Point of Infinity

Talk with the Teyuna from Columbia

To Dwell in the Heart of the Mother in Rhinebeck, NY

"Gently walk with your feet on your head so the steps are strongly connected to your heart"
- Teyuna Mamos of Columbia

The Teyuna call their mountain The Heart of the Earth Mother, this biodiverse mountain boasts every climate type in one place. That being said, they have noticed changes in their mountain's climates that tell the story of the changing climate all over the Earth Mother, seeing it as a warning that we need to move towards a more sustainable future. The indigenous wisdom shared during this evening spoke of the progress that we've made, yet inspiring to do more that is to be done. The 'work' has to do with preserving the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and everywhere, but more importantly the work within all of us as individuals. Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – recently declared the world's most irreplaceable nature reserve – is under threat. 

"This beautiful mountain, which is not far from cities and towns, is being colonised by rich people building second homes," said Dr Ana Rodrigues, a researcher at the CEFE-CNRS institute in France, who led the new study. The team's analysis of the world's 173,000 nature reserves identified 138 that were "exceptionally irreplaceable." - quoted from article in The Guardian

The group of Mamos (elders) of the Teyuna that are pictured above represent three different tribes that come to work together. They travel to share their wisdom, connect with people all over the world and share what needs to happen to preserve their sacred land.

NYC & Poughkeepsie Marches for
Climate, Jobs & Justice

News Articles Covering the Marches:
Thousands March in NYC for Action on Climate Change

Rise for Climate: Local residents promote renewable energy, end to Cricket Valley

Welcome Baxter as our newest Council Member Representing the Youth!

Shantar Baxter Clinton “Wbatasi” (Firefly) is the youngest member on the Schaghticoke First Nation's Tribal Counsel. He was raised primarily by his mother and spent his younger years traveling America and living in different parts of the country. Baxter was accepted to Bard College at Simon's Rock and started higher education after his sophomore year of high school. Baxter received his Associates of the Arts Degree and transferred to Kent State University to pursue an education in journalism. Baxter transferred to the University of Maine where he receives a Native tuition waiver, finishing up his Bachelors degree in journalism. Baxter is actively attending school, completing an internship for the tribe, and works in the mental-health industry with troubled children in a residential facility. Baxter wants to use his skills to develop youth workshops and assist in tribal research and development.  

Introduction to Learning the Schaghticoke Mahican Dialect
Weekly Classes with Drew Otter 

The class is via group text every Monday, the text is comprised of grammatically and phonetically written words and phrases accompanied by an audio of the word and phrase to listen and practice on your own. 

Contact Drew via email if you are interested in participating!

Upcoming Events

Reenactment events:

Mashantucket Pequot 17th Century encampment September 21-23 
Dennison Homestead (King Phillips War) September 28-30
Email Drew if interested in attending or if you have questions!

Indigenous People's Day 2018

Oct 7 - 8, 2018

October 7-8, 2018

Re-Thinking Columbus Day

Harlem River Field, Icahn Stadium
Randall’s Island, New York City

All are welcome to the Indigenous Peoples Celebration on October 7-8, 2018 at Randall’s Island Wards Meadow Fields in New York, New York. The Redhawk Native American Arts Council brings together a consortium of 14 Indigenous Organizations to bring awareness of Indigenous Peoples day, traditionally celebrated as Columbus Day. All are welcome to enjoy Music, Song, Spoken Word, Artists and a Guest Speaker.

Drawdown Conference at Omega Institute 

Sachem HawkStorm attending the Lenaapew Language Conference

Fall Farm Party

Buy tickets HERE!

AWAKE Screening &
Sachem HawkStorm on Panel

AWAKE: A Dream From Standing Rock will be screening at SUNY Orange November 9, 2018 with Sachem HawkStorm & Rachel Marco-Havens speaking on a panel after the screening.

Upcoming Relational Uprising Training December 2018

We hope to include & support more SFN tribal members into Relational Uprising programs, so we want to hear if you are interested!


December 6th – 9th, 2018
Thursday 6 pm – Sunday 4pm




The Watershed Center
44 Kaye Road
Millerton, NY 12546


Deadline to apply is September 28th

We highly recommend you attend these trainings in teams from your organization, community or movement.

What's included: Cost includes shared room and delicious meals at The Watershed Center ($300) and tuition and training manual ($250).


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