March 2019 A FewGood Books



A Few Good Books


Before spring officially arrives, before this winter weather finally leaves us, before we start our gardening activities, you could choose this between winter and spring time to open a good book and read about our Indigenous relations. So think about revisiting an old favorite or seeking out a new challenge, curl up in a favorite spot and immerse yourself a good read.

Just a few suggestions:

To learn about the culture and traditions of the Haudenosaunee with a warm, sometimes amusing, flavor pick up And Grandma Said, Iroquois Teachings as passed through the oral tradition by Tom Porter, Bear Clan Elder of the Mohawk Nation.

For a moving, inspiring experience, it is always time to pick up Braiding Sweetgrass, Indigenous wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

A look into Native American wisdom can be found in To Become a Human Being, The Message of Tadodaho Chief, Leon Shenandoah by Steve Wall.

Delving into the spirituality and tragedy of Indigenous history can be both inspiring and heartbreaking but moving. Make time to look at Black Elk Speaks, the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux as told through John G. Neihardt.

A new, young writer challenges us to learn about the struggle to develop their identity in There There, about Native American urban youth by Tommy Orange.

We are blessed with so many wonderful options to learn the knowledge, wisdom and history of our Indigenous neighbors.




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.




KOKOM LENA of the First Nation Algonquin. The Photographs of Michael Greenlar, February 3-August 31, Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. For 20 years, Syracuse photographer Michael Greenlar documented four generations of Algonquins in the bush of Quebec, Canada. His work focuses on the matriarch, Lena Nottaway, and the knowledge she passed on through her 15 children. Lena taught Kokomville how to utilize every element of the environment to become a self-sustaining community. The series of photographs is a testament to the cultural survival of the Algonquin people of Barrier Lake, La Vérendrye Park, Quebec, Canada. Despite broken treaties and clear-cut logging, these First Nation people continue to use the land as their traditions dictate. The exhibition is in partnership with Art Rage Gallery.

EAGLE VIEWING AT ONONDAGA LAKE, Syracuse, NY, Saturday, 3/9 from 8am – 10am, Destiny USA shopping center, in the parking lot near the movie theater at the Yellow #3 pole. No need to signup, just show up.


DENYING ACCESS: NoDAPL to NoNAPL, Indigenous Rights Doc Premier, Saturday, March 9, 2019, 2 PM, Cinemapolis, 120 e. Green St., Ithaca, NY, 14850.

"Imposed Borders: Violence against Indigenous Women, Indigenous Girls and Mother Earth", Friday, March 15, 2019; 12:30 pm, 4 West 43rd Street, Manhattan (43rd St. btwn 5th & 6th Ave.); Room: Gallery, NYC. Free & open to the public. Official side event of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

How To Be An Ally To Indigenous Peoples, March 21, 2019, 7-9 PM, ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13203, presented by NOON.

Witness to Injustice:The KAIROS Blanket Exercise, Sunday, March 31, 2019, 2-5pm, First Unitarian Universalist Society, 109 Waring Road, Syracuse. Participants need to register ahead of time. Sliding Fee Scale: $10-15

Onondaga Lake Birds of Prey” photography exhibit. Saturday, March 30, 2019, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 31, 2019, 1 - 4 p.m., Honeywell’s Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, 280 Restoration Way, Syracuse NY. Suggested donation $5/person and $15/family


NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Tuesday, March, 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.


Cayuga Nation lawsuit against Seneca County may head to Supreme Court — again

CayugaSHARE is a group of allies who are organizing:

  • to support SHARE farm in ways we can
  • to educate ourselves and learn from the Cayugas about history and how to be the best allies we can
  • to be open to critique and accountability in our role as allies

Their next meeting will be at the Lansing Community Center, Sunday, March 17 from 2-4 PM. Address is 29 Auburn Rd, Lansing, NY. If you are interested in joining them, email Karen Edelstein and she would be happy to answer questions and/or add you to their listserve.

Death by Civilization,Thousands of Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools created to strip them of their culture.

Mark Charles Breaks Down Doctrine of Discovery on TEDX Talk

3000-year-old quinoa found in Ontario

Indigenous Knowledge Has Been Warning Us About Climate Change for Centuries

Winnipeg Jets and Indigenous communities


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

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.


Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor, NY

APRIL 16, Friends of Ganondagan Annual Meeting, and Volunteer Appreciation

MAY 1, Seneca Bark Longhouse Opens for the Season

MAY 4, I Love My Park Day - Volunteer Opportunity

JULY 28 - 29, Native American Dance & Music Festival

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