April 2017 - Moving Towards Harmony and Balance

              Moving Towards Harmony and Balance


The Haudenosaunee Words Before All Else, which open and close all gatherings, begins with an acknowledgment that we are called to live in harmony with each other and all living things. The challenge for each of us is how to do this every day in our personal, work and community lives.

Defund KXL! Seattle Targets Financial Institutions Invested in the TransCanada and the Keystone XL Pipelines. The same coalition of Native organizers and environmentalists that worked to get Seattle to divest $3 billion from Wells Fargo over its investment in the Dakota Access pipeline has now brought a resolution before the city council calling on the city to not contract with financial institutions that provide services to TransCanada and the Keystone XL pipeline.

To provide an update and answer questions on DAPL, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has issued a fact sheet in the form of Q & A with Chairman Archambault.

Honor the Earth shares information, supports the Standing Rock Sioux and lists resources.

FundRazr reports the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund has collected $2,999,829 as of April 6th.

The Indian Law Alliance Facebook page shares several links to videos and articles on this weeks camp out, march and rally calling on NYC to divest.

A Methodist Bishop in Minnesota has committed to returning the sacred Red Rock to the Dakota people. “It is a common practice for colonizing powers to build their temples, churches and holy places on top of indigenous peoples’ sacred places. It is a form of domination, depriving people of their traditional connection to the sacred.” The pre-US history sites and objects are often portrayed through the len of the settlers extending that domination. This object has taken on great significance in the settler community. While the action of this bishop does not undo deep historical trauma, it is certainly a very positive steps.

A Canadian archaeologist 'decolonizes' B.C.'s road signs via Photoshop. An online project to revamping signs is meant to highlight alternate, pre-colonial histories. The "stop of interest" plaques that dot B.C.'s highways are misleading, as are many in US, and need a 21st century update. Great idea!

This ‘Ten Little Indians’: A Genocidal Nursery Rhyme article presents a historical perspective and challenges us to look at this familiar, innocent(?) nursery rhyme about death, murder or genocide in a new way. Agatha Christie wrote a book, one of the largest selling ever, based on the rhyme. It was made into a play and movie. The last line was sometimes added to the book title, And Then There Were None. In addition, it has crept into modern entertainment and music. A very thought provoking read.This article and the blogs it references raises issues about how we objectify natives and inaccurately portray them culturally.

What steps are you called to take towards creating that harmony and balance. Some may only be ready to take baby steps. Others are called to make giant leaps.




NOON acknowledges that we are on the territory of the Onondaga Nation, counsel fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

We are thankful for their stewardship of our environment.



Walking the Steel: From Girder to Ground Zero Exhibit, April 1 - November 30, 2017, Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY. Artwork, artifacts, photographs, and audio recollections interprets the long-standing cultural and occupational tradition of ironworking and its prominent role in Iroquois communities. Also explores the response to 9-11 by these individuals who had no national obligation to aid in the recovery but selflessly did (in some cases at immense personal cost), and concludes with the Haudenosaunee role in raising the 758-ton spire for the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center in May 2013.

 The Good Mind” film, April 8, 1-4 PM, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY. Free with admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center. Exclusive Rochester-area film screening about Onondaga & Haudenosaunee philosophy and way of life, and how it relates to environmental advocacy and ancestral land rights. Discussion to follow with filmmaker Gwendolen Cates and Clan Mother Freida Jacques.

Early Technology Day, Saturday, April 8 from 10 to 4, Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY. Watch and participate in the process of flint knapping (the ancient art of making chipped stone tools), fire making, cordage making, atlatl spear throwing and early archery, displays of projectile points, tools, and local archaeological finds from the Museum’s archaeology department.

 Celebrate Mother Earth Week, April 14-21, 1:30-3 pm, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY. Free with admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center. April 14, 18, & 20 Learn the story of the now-extinct bird in "Extinction: the Story of the Passenger Pigeon." April 19 & 21 Witness a special live demonstration of raptors and birds of prey from Wild Wings Inc.

Haudenosaunee Women’s Influence on the Women’s Suffrage Movement, April 15, 10am-4pm, Sally Roesch Wagner, Kanatsiohareke, Fonda, NY. Non-Native leaders of the Women’s Suffrage movement were inspired by Haudenosaunee women who already enjoyed great respect, status, and authority. Come learn about this history. This talk is sponsored by the Humanities New York Public Scholars Program and is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. Lunch is included for a $25 suggested donation RSVPs by April 10 are appreciated: 518-673-4197 or Kanatsiohareke@gmail.com.

"SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY" FILM SCREENING & PROGRAM, Saturday, April 22, 1-4 pm, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY. This award-winning film demonstrates the importance of heirloom seeds to the world's agriculture, focusing on global seed keepers & activists. Ninety-four percent of plant seed varieties have been lost; the film introduces those working to save that remaining six percent. Tickets are $10/general public; purchase online here. Friends of Ganondagan member price is $8; call (585) 742-1690 to purchase. Limited day of seating.

 Making a Traditional Hand Drum Workshop with Jackie Labonte (Mohawk), April 29, 9-6pm, Kanatsiohareke, Fonda, NY. Make your own traditional hand drum and learn how to Feast your Drum according to Haudenosaunee traditions. $125 tuition includes lunch, materials, and instructional costs. Completed drums retail around $150. RSVP by April 19 at: 518-673-4197 or: Kanatsiohareke@gmail.com. (Max: 25 students)

I Love My Park Day, Saturday, May 6, 9 am-noon, is an exciting, statewide event organized by Parks & Trails New York in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and local Friends groups. Celebrate and help clean up Ganondagan State Historical Site! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! RSVP by May 1 to rebekah@ganondagan.org.


NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Tuesday, April 25, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend talking with Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff (3154725478, carol@peacecouncil.net) or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (3154922684, rsue@twcny.rr.com) before the meeting. Please Note: This is not our regular meeting night. In May we will return to our regular 2nd Tuesday of the month.


An Indigenous Narrative to the Incomplete Story of Route 66 promises a road trip to challenge every stereotype about Native American history.Travelers can take along a new guidebook funded by a National Park Service grant. American Indians & Route 66 is a 65-page, magazine-style guidebook.


Witness to Injustice: Unraveling Historic Native & U.S. Relations This group exercise is a 1 ½ hour teaching tool that uses participatory education to raise awareness of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the part of the world now known as the United States. Through the use of meaningful quotes, and blankets that represent part of Turtle Island (the Western Hemisphere), we explore this shared history that most people rarely learn in traditional settings. We engage in a conversation about the European colonization of Turtle Island in order to deepen our understanding of the denial of Indigenous peoples' nationhood throughout U.S. History. NOON is offering this exercise to groups, organizations, schools and churches. A good will offering to support NOON's work is appreciated If you would like additional information or to schedule a time for a presentation, please contact Sue Eiholzer at 492-2684 or rsue@twcny.rr.com.

The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code film is premised on Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, a book based on two decades of research by Shawnee, Lenape scholar Steven T. Newcomb. Available to borrow. Contact Carol Baum at 315-472-5478 or carol@peacecouncil.net


Standing on Sacred Ground Videos. Each of the 4 episodes is 60 min. Pilgrims and Tourists, Profit and Loss, Fire and Ice and Islands of Sanctuary. If you have a group of friends or know an organization that would like to view any of these films, please contact Carol Baum at 3154725478 or carol@peacecouncil.net



Community Work Day!, May 20, Kanatsiohareke, Fonda, NY. Volunteers welcome and invited to come help Kanatsiohareke clean and prepare its stage and picnic tables, and take on other outdoor and indoor tasks for its upcoming June Strawberry Festival. Sign up to volunteer at: 518-673-4197 or Kanatsiohareke@gmail.com. Lunch provided.

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCE & MUSIC FESTIVAL, JULY 22-23, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY.


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