MONTPELIER, Vt. – In honor of Native American Heritage month and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, Vermont Evaporator Company is challenging the Vermont maple industry to join it in making a difference for native New Englanders by donating a portion of November sales. Vermont Evaporator Company has identified its chosen beneficiary as the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts.
“We have Native Americans to thank for maple syrup, plain and simple. Which means many Vermonters have Native Americans to thank for their way of life and their means of making a living,” said Vermont Evaporator Company CEO, Kate McCabe. “And right now, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe could use our support of their lands and their economic security, too.”
In September, the U.S. Department of Interior reversed a decision made in 2015, granting the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 321 acres of reservation land in a trust. This reversal threatens that land. Greater than anything else, the tribe is worried about the loss of the land of their ancestors and the culture that comes with that history.
“We are honored to have the support of Vermont Evaporator Company,” said Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Chairman, Cedric Cromwell. “Tomorrow, November 14, 2018, we will walk and rally with our supporters in Washington, D.C. to support H.R. 5244, pending bi-partisan legislation that would protect our tribal lands. We all look forward to knowing that Vermont Evaporator Company is in solidarity with us.”
Vermont Evaporator Company and businesses that join their challenge started setting aside a portion of sales to donate to the Tribe Nov. 1. If your business is interested in joining this challenge, email firstname.lastname@example.org.