February 13, 2014 - Some Winter Reading


The following short list are must-read books to begin understanding Onondaga and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy so we that can support them in the challenges they face and gain inspiration for that mission.

Basic Call to Consciousness is a book of position papers delivered to the UN NGOs in Geneva in 1977 calling us all to honor the environmental “Web of Life”. A must read for anyone interested in the Haudenosaunee.

To Become A Human Being is author Steve Wall's recreation from tapes of Tadodaho Chief Leon Senandoah's wisdom and inspiration. It speaks for itself.

White Roots of Peace by Paul Wallace tells the story of the Peacemaker and the creation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. It includes a foreword by Tadodaho Chief Leon Shenandoah and, in the epilogue, historian John Mohawk shares the Confederacy's challenges since the 18th century.

Thinking Indian is a collection of essays by John Mohawk, Seneca Nation elder and philosopher-thinker-activist. Always mindful of traditional culture, he analyzes and illuminates various critical issues facing natives.

And Grandma Said by Tom Porter shares traditional teachings passed down through the oral tradition. Within that context, he speaks about the effects of colonization on the Mohawk and by extension the Haudenosaunee. A warming read for anyone in need of a connection to earth-based spirituality.

An additional list of books can be found at http://www.peacecouncil.net/NOON/read.htm

Happy reading on these cold winter evenings. Spring is on its way.


Keystone XL Pipeline - Lakota refusing XL Pipeline Trucks Entry to Pine Ridge Reservation?

Link: http://www.correntewire.com/lakota_refusing_xl_pipeline_trucks_entry_to_pine_ridge_reservation

A World Conference on Indigenous Peoples With No Indigenous?

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/02/03/world-conference-indigenous-peoples-no-indigenous-153383

Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Justice
Conference runs April 3-5 in NYC (youth come one day earlier). The 2014 seminar will have speakers from around the world. The panel topics will address the rights of Indigenous Peoples as it relates to the Doctrine of Discovery, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as it relates to spirituality, traditional lands and governmental borders, and environmental justice. The final panel will allow participants to make a plan of action to take away their experiences from the Seminar and share them with their communities.

This seminar is put on by the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office in NYC. It is not just for Unitarian Universalists, but is open to all, from ages 14 and older. This is the first time the conference has addressed indigenous issues. Housing is available near-by at reasonable costs. For more information go to www.uua.org/unspringseminar


Ganondagan Native American Winter Games & Sports, Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10 am to 4 pm, Free and Open to the public. Suggested donation $5 per family.

NEW LOCATION ((Due to construction at Ganondagan), Victor Municipal Park, 6680 Pardoner Drive, Victor, NY
Off Rte. 96 and Brace Road. http://www.ganondagan.org/Events-Programs/Winter-Games-Sports-Event


February 18 - Doctrine of Discovery Study Group, 7 pm at the home of Phil Arnold and Sandy Bigtree, 100 Luan Circle, Jamesville, NY 13078 (315-449-1650315-449-1650 ). Group is open and anyone is welcome to attend who wants to learn more about the Doctrine of Discovery or to help dismantle it. For additional information call Phil, 315-449-1650315-449-1650 , or Sue, 315-492-2684315-492-2684 .

February 19 - Shaleshock CNY, 6 pm, Community Room, Onondaga Free Library. Meeting on local anti-hydrofracking efforts. Anyone interested in learning more about this organizing in CNY or to connect to these efforts is encouraged to attend. shaleshockcny.org/index.html

March 11 - NOON Steering Committee Meeting, 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 (315-472-5478315-472-5478 , carol@peacecouncil.net) or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (315-492-2684315-492-2684 , rsue@twcny.rr.com) before the meeting.


April 2, 5-8 PM – Focus Greater Syracuse will present their 2014 Wisdom Keeper Award to Oren Lyon, Turtle Clan, Onondaga Faithkeeper, Oncenter, Grand Ballroom, in Syracuse. Cost: $100 per person. The event includes live entertainment,a video tribute to Oren Lyons, food and a cash bar. Contact Jennifer Creighton at 315-448-8732315-448-8732  with any questions.



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