December 2017 - Tis the Season of Gift Giving







Please support great native artists and enjoy some great traditional food.

Hosted by: The Onondaga Nation School PTS
Where: Onondaga Nation School
When: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, ONE DAY ONLY

Events: Onondaga Singers and Dancers, Traditional and Non-Traditional Foods



There are so many good books being written. These are recommended resources for a few.

9 books for children and young adults that don't lie about American Indians
American Indians in Children’s Literature Blog
Native American Heritage Month Reading Recommendations
10 top indigenous books for your summer (or winter) reading list

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.

Chief Irving Powless Jr

It is with deep sadness and loss that we note the passing of Chief Powless, who walked on November 30 at age 88 . He was a formidable and much loved presence at the Onondaga Nation. We will miss his guidance. We will miss his grasp of history. We will miss his stories. We will miss his sense of humor. His family, the people of the Onondaga Nation, NOON members and all who knew him personally will cherish their memories sharing their favorite story of an encounter with Irving Powless, Jr.



Onondaga County's plans to build portions of the Loop the Lake trail across Murphy’s Island are a cause of great concern. The current proposal is to build a loop right along the shoreline prior to any remediation of this Superfund site.

Please contact your county legislators and tell them:

-no trail until remediation is complete

- protecting the eagles that roost there is a priority

- do not build the trail along the lake shore- leave room for wetland restoration

This land of course was originally slated to be given back to the Onondaga Nation, but it was too polluted to meet the Onondaga Nation’s standards. Please emphasize you strongly support significant return of clean and safe land at Onondaga Lake to the Onondaga Nation.



Indigenous Environmental Activism in Art, through December 14th, Mercer Gallery, Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Looking for additional art. Free


NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Tuesday, December 12, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend contacting Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff, or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer, before the meeting.


Mohawk Club at Massena Central High School fights discrimination by celebrating their heritage.

New York City holds hearings on historic statues including Columbus

Indigenous perspective on historic statues by Betty Lyons, a citizen of the Onondaga Nation, is president of the American Indian Law Alliance. Rick Chavolla, a citizen of the Kumeyaay Nation, is board chairman of the American Indian Community House in New York City.

Betty Lyons speaks on the Brian Lehrer show about statues and the Doctrine of Discovery.

AILA Testimony (Betty Lyons) to the NYC Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers

Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated more than 50 U.S. cities, along with a few universities (including Syracuse University), counties and states.

Offensive murals must go, say Native American Notre Dame students and others

A Racial Justice Guide to Thanksgiving for Educators and Families (I plenty of time for next year)

Suppressed speech of Wamsutta (Frank B.) James, Wampanoag. that was to be delivered at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1970 to mark the 350th anniversary of the Pilgrims' arrival.

Iroquois Indian Museum is now offering Video Visits for Classrooms A visit to the Iroquois Indian Museum is a great way for students to learn about the Haudenosaunee. But field trips to the Museum may be a challenge due to transportation, schedule, cost or other reasons. So now, you can connect to the Museum without ever leaving your classroom with live, interactive video conference programs bringing a Native American educator from the Museum to your classroom with information that supports the ELA and Social Studies curriculums. Each program uses artifacts and artwork from the Museum collection which will help students understand this living, dynamic culture.


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

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 3154725478.


Native American Winter Games & Sports, FEBRUARY 24, Ganondagan

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