August 2021 What Has NOON Been Doing Lately



What Has NOON Been Doing Lately?

While it might seem that we would be slowed down over the last year, that has not been the case. We still meet once a month virtually and last month two meeting were needed to handle all of our business.

A joint committee of NOON and Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage (WISH) Columbus Statue Committee has been meeting virtually weekly to raise awareness in CNY of the support for replacing the Columbus stature down town. While Mayor Ben Walsh held several community discussions and made a decision to move the statue from it's current location, the Monument Corporation has filed, suit to stop him, covered the city with yard sign, put up bill boards, set up a web site and used social media to halt any change to Columbus Circle. The law suit will not be decided by the court until late October, just weeks before the mayoral election. The Mayor is moving forward and has appointed committees to help with relocation of Columbus and development of a Cultural Heritage Park to honor all the ethnic groups that contribute to our community.

Our joint committee's goal, because of the Monument Corporation visibility, is to let residents know that Columbus' removal is being challenged. We have been educating with emails, FB posts, flyers and Letters to the Editor, as well as, Op Ed articles in the local paper. We have developed and distributed our own “Celebrate Diversity, Replace Columbus“ yard signs. We currently have window signs and buttons. They will be available free (contributes gratefully accepted) at Syracuse Cultural Workers, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM, 400 Lodi St, Syracuse, NY 13203 and Syracuse Peace Council, contact Carol Baum.

The committee is also planning a jointly sponsored ceremony at Heritage Park (aka Columbus Circle) on Indigenous Peoples' /Columbus Day, October 11th at 6 PM. After that we will march to the Everson Museum for an outdoor film show featuring Haudenosaunee women.

Statues are being removed in many cities of the US, as well as, other countries.

Christopher Columbus Statue In Mexico City To Be Replaced With 1 Honoring Indigenous Women

Witness To Injustice (WTI) has developed a virtual version of its very moving exercise and has been presenting to groups in this new format. It has been very successful and many groups have taken advantage of this option. Virtual presentations can be scheduled by contacting Cindy Squillace.

NOON supports the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Council of Chiefs’ (Cayuga Nation) campaign. Halftown Must Go . Check out their FB page for ways you can help them bring their issues to the attention of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. A new fund raiser to Support Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Sovereignty & Rematriation is now on line. This effort will aid community members in their fight against evictions and rebuilding community buildings destroyed by Halftown

Because we have been meeting virtually it has been easier for some new members to join our monthly meetings. However, we are saddened by the passing of Jack Ramsden, a long time active member of NOON particularly around environmental issues.

We're exploring updating our Nation to Nation Book, developing additional ways to expand WTI's reach and working to install a mural at the Syracuse Airport to let travelors know they are entering the ancestral land of the Onondaga. An opportunity for a grant has opened up for us that would help make these dreams possible.

And lastly we are exploring supporting a Regional Solidarity Network that has been brought to our attention as a possibility.


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

We are thankful for their stewardship of our environment.







Wampum Bracelet Workshop, Saturday, September 11th; 10 AM-12 PM & 12:30 PM- 2:30 PM, Ganondagan, Seneca Art & Culture Center 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY. Unique opportunity to learn about Wampum while creating your own Wampum Bracelet/Mini-Belt! Wampum Expert, Rich Hamell, will teach this hands-on workshop. You’ll leave with your own 5-row wampum bracelet (with pony beads) and an education of the history and contemporary importance of Wampum Belts. For more information and to register go to:Wampum Bracelet Workshop | Ganondagan. Appropriate for ages: 12 years old and up. Price: $20/members; $25/non-members.

Living History, Saturday, September 25th, Ganondagan, Seneca Art & Culture Center 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY. This annual Living History event is a popular day for visitors to immerse themselves in all various aspects of the living culture of the Hodinöhsö:ni’ people. more details to come!

Hodinöhsö:ni’ Juried Art Show Applications Due. Wednesday, October 20th, 2021. Ganondagan is now accepting submissions for their fifth Hodinöhsö:ni’ Juried Art Show which will be on exhibit Saturday, November 20th, 2021. The calli is for Haudenosaunee artists in the six divisions of: Beadwork, Basketry, Traditional Arts, Fine Art 2D, Fine Art Sculpture, and Photography to enter up to three pieces of new work for consideration in the show. (First Place - $1,250; Second Place - $750; Third Place - $400; Best in Show - $2,500). Each artist may submit up to three pieces of their own work for the show. For rules and application please visit the event page:Hodinöhsö:ni’ Art Show | Ganondagan

Echoes of Tradition: Artist Demonstration - Jamie Jacobs - porcupine quillwork, Saturday, October 2 & Sunday, October 3, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Rd, Hoes Cave, NY. Cultural educator and artist from the Seneca community of Tonawanda and admired for his attention to detail, historic knowledge, and command of the Seneca language, Jamie holds a position at the Rochester Museum & Science Center/Rock Foundation as a collections assistant. Porcupine quills used as decorative elements on Haudenosaunee objects such as clothing, moccasins, and quiver pouches predate the use of glass beads. Quills were flattened and stitched side by side to produce complex geometric and (less common) floral patterns. Supported by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts.

Reception for Identity/Identify, Saturday, October 9 from 1 to 4, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Rd, Hoes Cave, NY. Guest speaker Drew Hayden Taylor. Taylor is a writer, journalist, and playwright whose works speak to his experience as a mixed race individual and the role of humor in negotiating difficult issues such as tribal membership, colonization, and adoption. Drew’s credits include over 70 plays, numerous nonfiction books (including Confessions of a Blue-Eyed Ojibwa and Funny You Don't Look Like One), and a performance at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

Virtual Tours - Iroquois Indian Museum

Virtual Tours and Educational videos – Seneca Iroquois National Museum



NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Next meeting September 21st, 7-8:30 PM, virtual. Since new people often have a lot of questions and you will need contact info for the virtual meeting, we recommend contacting Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff, or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer, before the meeting.



To aid you in focusing articles are arranged by topic and coded for length (S – short, M – Medium, L – Long) with a designation for Video and/or Audio.



Each One Inspired: Haudenosaunee Art Across the Homelands’ Now on View at Syracuse University Art Museum - S

Honor past princesses, but retire the ‘Indian Princess’ - L

CNY superintendent says Cuomo ignored school’s repair needs and asks Hochul for help -S


The World Is Watching': Indigenous Critics of Line 3 Meet With UN Human Rights Expert - M

United Houma Nation Suffers Casualties from Hurricane Ida – S with images


New Season Of 'This Land' Podcast Explores Efforts To Dismantle The Indian Child Welfare Act – 5 min audio

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Marries Longtime Partner on Saturday - S

Native Culture

Yalitza Aparicio on the Cover of ELLE Mexico: ‘I Am Proud To Be Indigenous’ - M

Meet some of the most honoured members of First Nations communities – L, audio segments

Residence School/Missing Children

Bodies of Paiute children believed to be buried at site of former Utah Indigenous boarding school – M

Help Support Seneca Boarding School Exhibit - fund raiser


Gaming the State System Can the Haudenosaunee Confederacy become the first Indigenous nation to secure an Olympic berth? - L

Arts and literature

Review: Justice or revenge? Why not both, in Stephen Graham Jones’ new meta slasher novel - S

Art installations remind LA residents they’re on ‘TONGVALAND’ - M

Mohawk murals, Artist Dave Fadden to speak, exhibit at Saranac Lake gallery - M

DAVE FADDEN’S Contemporary Art – S with images


Because the Syracuse Peace Council office is closed during the pandemic, contact so we can arrange to get them to you.

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 via email or phone 315-472-5478


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 via email or phone 315-472-5478.

In addition NOON has organized dozens of educational programs over the past 20 years which are available on line at SPC's You Tube Channel. Fifteen years ago we coordinated the historic series Onondaga Land Rights and Our Common Future. Check out the videos here.

WITNESS TO INJUSTICE: UNRAVELING HISTORIC NATIVE & U.S. RELATIONS. This inter-active group exercise is a 2 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, contact Cindy Squillace


Save the Date

Early Technology Day, Saturday, October 16 from 10 to 4, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Rd, Hoes Cave, NY. Visitors can 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. There will be displays of projectile points, tools, and local archaeological finds from the Museum’s archaeology department. Think you've found an artifact? Please bring it with you and the Museum’s experts will be glad to try to identify it for you.

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