Rabbi Debra Kolodny

Five dams along the Kwinitekw (CT River) in VT, NH, and MA are up for re-licensing – a process that occurs only once every 50 years. Complete Traditional Cultural Perspectives studies are required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act but neither hydropower company has responded to Abenaki leaders’ outreach and concerns. Please comply with Section 106 by engaging with Abenaki leaders completely and responsively in Traditional Cultural Perspectives studies. If we do not honor this land’s first inhabitants, if we do not honor their stewardship, if we do not repair the harm that taking their lands and waterways have caused, we will not be abiding by the scriptures I adhere to and we will not be living up to our ethical and moral obligations.