Onondaga Land Rights & Our Common Future Part II

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bringing together the Central New York community, Syracuse University, SUNY ESF, Le Moyne College, Empire State College and others

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Sacred Waters II:
The Danger of Hydrofracking

Monday, April 26, 2010, 7 pm
Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse map

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The Onondaga Nation knows first hand the impacts of messing with the deep bedrock of Mother Earth. Our grandchildren will be the ones to feel the worst impact.
-excerpt from Onondaga Nation statement to the NYS DEC

Freida Jacques has been a leader in the Onondaga Nation community for more than 30 years. Freida works as a home/school liaison at the Onondaga Nation School. She is passionate about sharing teachings in her culture that can help all people and has written three published essays, “Discipline of the Good Mind,” which appeared in Northeast Indian Quarterly; “Use the Good Mind,” an interview released in Winds of Change; and “Beyond Healing a Gift to the World,” which was included in Indian Country Today.

Helen Slottje is a public interest attorney from Ithaca. She is the managing head of Shaleshock, a movement that works toward protecting our communities and environment from exploitative gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region. Shaleshock’s membership is composed of a group of Finger lakes residents who are concerned about protecting local communities and the environment from the exploitation by the energy industry. In addition, Helen Slottje is also currently working towards the formation of a landowners’ association to create a bloc that will makes demands of the gas companies to ensure that the environment is protected and property owners are not exploited, in the event that hydrofracking continues to be pursued by gas companies in our region.

Denise Waterman (Oneida, Turtle Clan) is a 3rd grade teacher at the Onondaga Nation School. Denise is the co-founder of the Onondaga Nation Higher Education committee as well as a consultant for Onondaga Nation Communications. Denise has also worked on various international and global projects for the Haudenosaunee International Delegation such as UNCED, Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, and the Human Rights Declaration on Indigenous Peoples in Geneva, Switzerland.

Series Co-Sponsors
Syracuse University: Chancellor’s Office, Religion, Anthropology, Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Geography, History, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Lions Club, Native American Students at Syracuse, Native American Student Program, Native American Studies Program, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Program in the Analysis and Resolution of Conflict, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean, School of Education, Student Environmental Action Coalition, Students for a Democratic Society, University College, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Future of Minority Studies @ SU and the Writing Program

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: President's Office, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, Environmental Studies Department, Kincentric

Other Educational Institutions: Le Moyne College, Center for Urban and Regional Applied Research (CURAR), Empire State College, Colgate University Native American Studies Program, Hamilton College Department of Religious Studies, Imagining America, Ithaca College Department of Anthropology & Native American Studies Program, Onondaga Community College, St. Lawrence University Native American Studies Program, SUNY Cortland, Upstate Medical University Office of Diversity & Affirmative Action and Multicultural Events Planning Committee and Wells College

Community co-sponsors: Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Indigenous Values Initiative, InterFaith Works and Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and Syracuse Center of Excellence

For more information:
Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, (315) 472-5478, noon@peacecouncil.net