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Vermont Hosts The Wabanaki Confederacy Conference

Toby Talbot
The Western Abenaki are hosting the Wabanaki Confederacy for the first time in centuries.

The Wabanaki Confederacy is an alliance of native American nations that first came together centuries ago. They meet regularly to renew ties of friendship and discuss issues facing the native peoples of a wide geographical region.

This year, the Wabanaki Confederacy Conference will be held in Shelburne, hosted by the Western Abenaki of Vermont for the first time in 200 years. Leaders and delegates from all over Northern New England and Canada will attend.

To look at the history of the Wabanaki Confederacy, and the issues on the table, we're joined by Don Stevens, chief of the Nulhegan band of the Abenaki, host and organizer of the Wabanaki Confederacy Conference this year. We're also joined by author and Abenaki scholar Fred Wiseman.

Also on the show, how Vermont bats are managing through White Nose Syndrome. A population of little brown bats in Addison County are of great interest to scientists all over the world because a few of them have managed to survive the deadly fungus. Now, researchers are trying to understand why. We head out with Fish and Wildlife as they capture a few of these bats to take some vital statistics.

And, in Summer School, a dying art: how to drive a manual transmission car. Paul Dudley of Dudley's Driving School in Waitsfield gives us a lesson and explains why he's trying to "keep that third pedal alive."

Broadcast live on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.