|The St. Francis/Sokoki Band is part of Vermont's Abenaki community. Our home for thousands of years has centered on the Masipskiwibi (Missisquoi, "Crooked River") River in Northwestern Vermont. Our tribal headquarters is located in Swanton, Vermont, where the Masipskiwibi flows into Bitawbagok (Lake Champlain, "Lake Between" which is pictured above).
The traditional homeland of the Abenaki is Wobanakik ("Place of the Dawn"), what is now called Northern New England and Southern Quebec. The St Francis/Sokoki Band with other bands, including the Pennacook, Winnipesaukee, Pigwacket, and Cowasuck, comprise the Western Abenaki (Vermont and New Hampshire), while the Eastern Abenaki, including the Penobscot, Androscoggin, Wawenock and Passamaquoddy, reside in Maine. Abenaki also live in Quebec, with sizable communities at Okanak and Wolinak (Becancour).
Both Eastern and Western Abenaki belong to the Wabenaki Confederation along with the neighboring Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Micmac and Mamiseet bands of Maine and the Maritimes area. All are part of the Algonquian-speaking linguistic family that includes Native peoples in the Northeastern United States and Eastern-central Canada.
Click here for a map of our homeland
This website was funded through a Rural Business Enterprise Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
To review our Constitution, please see Constitution.