THANK YOU to each and every one of you who worked so hard to bring about this ban. The Onondaga Nation brought Hydrofracking to NOON's attention several years ago. It has been one of our main focuses since led by Jack Ramsden, NOON Steering Committee, and Lindsay Speer before she moved on to achieve her higher educational goals. Shaleshock CNY grew out of their work and others.

As Tadodaho, Sid Hill wrote after the ban was announced, “It is with great relief and deep gratitude that the Onondaga Nation received the news of New York’s decision to ban fracking. This is the right decision for future generations. We hope other states and countries will have the wisdom to do the same. . . . Nature does not observe political boundaries; it is all of our responsibility to be good stewards of this river of life that we travel together. Water is life, and there is no alternative.”

Now we must turn your energy towards other pressing environmental concerns here in NYS such as storage of gas in permeable abandoned salt caverns beneath Seneca Lake which threatens the tourism and wine industry. To learn more about this issue http://www.wearesenecalake.com/

Or the infrastructure of pipe lines to move natural gas through New York State. Or the unsafe trains that carry highly flammable North Dakota oil through New York State.

And we hope everyone will work towards moving the USA towards renewable energy.

FYI: NYS Rally:

Governor Cuomo has delayed his State of the State address following the death of his father, Mario Cuomo. The rally and celebrations has been rescheduling to Wednesday, January 21st.

On January 21st in Albany, New York, we will come together to celebrate an incredible victory for science, public health, the environment, and our movement, and will give thanks to Governor Cuomo and speak to the importance of this decision for the whole nation and the opportunities ahead for renewable energy!

If you haven't gotten your ticket yet, there's still time! (Click here for tickets on the Syracuse/Westmoreland bus:https://secure3.convio.net/fww/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=115161)



    Do discuss the trivializing effects of school or team mascots and logos such as the “Redskins.”

Kay Olan, Mohawk/Wolf Clan




NAMA Awards
Theresa "Bear" Fox, Mohawk Nation for "Diamond", best songwriter of the year was inadvertently omitted from last month's newsletter. Congratulations to all Haudenosaunee nominees and winners.

Ganondagan is looking for Haudenosaunee photographers of any age and experience level to submit photographs of "Seneca landscapes". The subject matter can be people, landscape, events, or objects that relate to contemporary Seneca lifestyles. We are looking for subject matter which offers a unique perspective on contemporary Seneca lives.

Winning submissions will be featured in an exhibit at the opening of the new Seneca Art & Culture Center in 2015. Photographs will be judged anonymously by a panel of objective judges selected by the F.O.G Exhibits Committee. Winners will be notified by February 2015.

Additional information and submission form at http://www.ganondagan.org/Events-Programs/Seneca-Landscapes-Contest



INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES ON MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL CENTERS” symposium held in early December, 2014 at Syracuse University.

Ann Drumheller, National Museum of the American Indian, opened the program speaking of milestones in the history and direction of the museum from its beginnings 25 years ago to its opening on the National Mall 2004 to today. She described using the natural elements of earth, wind and water in shaping the design of the building to reach out and convey to the public Indigenous Peoples' relationship to nature.

Debora Ryan, Cultural Foundations in Education, SU, has been researching the very interesting history of Sainte Marie de Gannentaha, which is being re-purposed to become Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center. She covered debates over the original site of the fort, being a public works project in the 1930s, newspaper articles at the time of its opening/dedication and its image that grew up in the media and public imagination.

Scott Stevens, Director of Native American Studies, SU, spoke about Skä·noñh joining the chain of Haudenosaunee Museums across New York State in 2015. Akwesasne Cultural Center in Hogansburg, NY is in a “requicking” time with language classes, bead making, basket making and much more. Ray Fadden's Six Nations Indian Museum in Onchiota was prehaps the first to have a Haudenosaunee approach. In Salamanca, the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum features a Kinzua Dam Exhibit with other rotating exhibits including crafts. Ganondagan in Victor, once a Seneca community of thousands, is a NYS Historic site and contains a full-size replica of a 17th-century Seneca Bark Longhouse. The Iroquois Indian Museum in Howe's Cave features arts and crafts, culture exhibits and nature trails.

Note: We plan to feature each of these museums in future newsletters

Sascha Scott, Art and Music Histories, SU, challenged attendees to think about the ethical issues of exhibiting transcultural objects. She shared several reasons scholars use in denying respect for the native artist's control of their creative works.

In the evening, Rick Hill, Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic, spoke about the history of Indian displays in museums. He is working with Phil Arnold, OHA and the Skä·noñh development committee to develop Skä·noñh's approach positioning the concept of peace as the guiding principle in the culture practice and treaty making of the Haudenosaunee rather than exhibiting objects.

Progress On Skä·noñh Great Law of Peace Center

This will be a Haudenosaunee heritage center in the existing visitors' center of the Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois (familiar to many as the French fort) on Onondaga Lake Parkway. Because Haudenosaunee history is oral, a major component of the center will be a film of the people sharing their stories.

Phase One of a Three Phase plan included academic collaboration, conceptual and thematic development, assessment and inventory of the current facility, as well as a time line and business plan. Phase Two, which is under way, includes more detailed development, a county wide survey,working architectural drawings and a budget for construction. Events to raise awareness have included a Lacrosse and Cultural Festival and the academic symposium reported above. Fund-raising continues to implement Phase Three, construction beginning in 2015 with an opening date planned for fall, 2015.

Two $80,000 grants received by the Onondaga Historical Association from New York State were welcome news. These two grants will help OHA begin the final phase. In May, renovation of the 10,000-square-foot interior will begin the building's transformation. The exhibits and the building are expected to be completed by November. OHA continues to raise necessary funds and seek grants.


NOON Steering Committee Meeting, January 13, 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.


Shaleshock CNY, January 21, Wednesday, 6:15-8:15 pm, Community Room, Onondaga Free Library. Anyone interested in learning more about new directions for this Hydrofracking group in CNY or to connect to these efforts is encouraged to attend. shaleshockcny.org/index.html


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