Retrospective on 1984: The Island Pond Raid — What We Know Now That We Didn't Know Then

Twenty-one years ago I was a public defender in the Northeast Kingdom. Assigned to represent a member of the so-called "Northeast Kingdom Community Church" in August, 1983, meant that I was involved in a “church case.” There were numerous such cases back then: custody cases, truancy cases, divorce cases, simple assault cases, but none so monumental as the day the State of Vermont came to take the children from the Church in Island Pond — all of them. It was June 22, 1984. (Published in the Vermont Bar Journal, Winter 2005-2006 issue — Volume 31, No. 4.)

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.