December 2015

                From the Earth Arts & Crafts Festival


Onondaga Nation School

Saturday December 12th

10 am to 5pm

There will be more than 40 artists and craftsman from all the Six Nations, and a couple of Navajo friends including silver jewelry, beaded jewelry, pottery, soapstone sculpture, leather work, weaving, and paintings. There will be a Native fashion show at 11 am. Rob Benedict will play his Native Flute at noon. The band Riverstone will perform at 2pm. There will be Traditional Native food as well as baked goods and other lunch items. The Crafts Festival will benefit the Onondaga Nation School Parent, Teacher, Student (PTS) which helps students and classrooms in many ways.
There is free parking and more at the Onondaga Nation Health Center just south of the school. Free entry. Donations will be accepted.

Contact person is Freida J. Jacques Home/School Liaison 469-6991 (text please)

Opening Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center





Elements of Haudenosaunee culture, from the creation story to The Great Law, are shared throughout the building through the use of literature, photos, diagrams and relics. In addition, kiosks offer interactive experiences. In keeping with their oral tradition, video displays give one the opportunity tlearn by hearing reflections on history and experiences. We are very fortunate to have this wonderful addition to our community.

Time Warner News Report on the opening day

Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center

Wednesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm.

Admission $5, children under 12 free.

The Center includes a gift shop near the entrance.


DECEMBER'S WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS For three Wednesdays in December (9th, 16th, 23rd), Ganondagan is giving away a beautiful Haudenosaunee handcrafted item from their new Gift Shop! It's free to enter -- just stop by the Seneca Art & Culture Center to submit your entry. NEED GIFT SHOP VOLUNTEERS: Interested in learning more about contemporary Seneca and Haudenosaunee art? Why not volunteer at the Gift Shop? Email:

WHAT DOES THE 2015 PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE MEAN FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK? December 15th, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Central New York Community Foundation Ballroom, 431 E. Fayette St. Syracuse NY 13202. WAER Public Radio hosts a roundtable discussion and public meeting on implications of the outcomes of Paris; Policies that might impact or create opportunities in CNY; Brainstorming on action steps the community can take on climate change.

Participating: Sarah Pralle – environmental politics and policy, Robert Wilson – environmental history and social movements, water resources and management, Peter Wilcoxen – natural resources and environmental economics, Chris Bolt – WAER News & Public Affairs Director, Moderator.


NOON Steering Committee Meeting, January 12, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, open meeting. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend talking with Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff (315-472-5478, or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (315-492-2684, before the meeting.


The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry Center for Native Peoples and the Environment President Quentin Wheeler, joined by leaders of the ESF Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, members of the Onondaga Nation and ESF students, Wednesday, Nov. 18, announced the college’s recognition of its location on the original territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and his intention to formally share that acknowledgement with visitors to the campus.

I am pleased to announce that, from this day forward, we will share similar statements of these facts with thousands of students and guests who visit our campus each year. This represents our commitment to intellectual inclusion and cultural pluralism and it honors the significant contributions of the Onondaga Nation to environmental leadership,” he said.

These statements reinforce our responsibility to think about where we stand in the context of history, geography and environmental understanding so that we are ever-cognizant of the implications of our work for the real world,” Wheeler said. “As individual persons, our time here is brief, but the land is permanent and our decisions and actions toward the land have consequences for many generations to come. We stand on the side of responsible stewardship of the land.”

Wheeler also said recognition of the college’s location on the original territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy will be memorialized in a permanent stone monument to be placed on the ESF campus in the near future. He honored the long-standing protocol of symbolizing the commitment by presenting a string of wampum to Tadodaho Sid Hill of the Onondaga Nation.

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The Doctrine Of Discovery
, a film based on Steven Newcomb's book, Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, is available for screenings. Anyone interested in the documentary needs to contact the director Sheldon Wolfchild at Go to to see a couple of trailers and for further information.

Ganondagan's Iroquois Creation Story film which shows continuously in the new Orientation Theater, has been accepted to these competitive, international film festivals: Comanche Nation Film Festival, Lawton OK, Nov.14, Red Nation Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 18, Native American Film Festival of the South East, Columbia, SC, Nov. 22-25 and INDIANER INUIT: DAS NORDAMERIKA FILM FESTIVAL (6). Under the motto "In Tomorrow We Believe," at the Treffpunkt Rotebuehplatz, Stuttgart/Germany, Jan. 21-24, 2016.

A new movie about the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, To Save The Man, to be written and directed by John Sayles, tells the story of the residential school through the eyes of Native youth, and the moviemaker is seeking young and adult Native American actors for many of the roles.
Sayles along with other members of his team have been traveling throughout Indian country for the last several months. They are looking for Native talent as well as funding for the movie, which they plan on filming in 2016.

Spider Woman Theater – You may want to consider supporting this. Material Witness was presented here in Syracuse with support from Onondaga.Spiderwoman Theater, along with their long time partners Aanmitaagzi and Loose Change Productions will premier the play Material Witness in New York City at La MaMa ETC.  Inspired by our first show, Women in Violence, Material Witness investigates violence and healing in the lives of Indigenous women. Donations must be made by 12/15. Link to Kickstarter and video:

Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau
tasks Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett with leading renewal of relationship between Canada, Indigenous peoples.

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