May 2015 Neighbor to Neighbor, Nation to Nation


Neighbor to Neighbor, Nation to Nation

: Readings About the Relationship of the Onondaga Nation with Central New York, USA is an 80-page booklet Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) had the honor of publishing in 2014.

People who collected and edited materials for the booklet came from both NOON and the Onondaga Nation. It was a community effort involving many dedicated people over a long period of time. The booklet's dedication page says it all: “This booklet is dedicated to the continuing friendship between the peoples of the Haudenosaunee and Central New York. We share a difficult history but are united in our love for the land, water, animals and plant life, in our passion for justice and in our hope for future generations.”

The booklet is divided into six sections, each of which contains four to eleven articles (see the Table of Contents):
• Introduction
• Haudenosaunee Culture
• An Overview of Haudenosaunee/U.S. History
• Sovereignty of the Onondaga Nation
• Our Shared Environment
• Closing

The booklet is a wonderful resource for schools (middle school on up), community groups, faith communities, study groups, libraries… you! Individual copies may be ordered through the Syracuse Cultural Workers for $8 each plus shipping (discounts for five or more).

If you are in the Syracuse area and would like to pick up a copy, or would like booklets for your group, contact Carol at or 315.472.5478315.472.5478 . There are expenses associated with the booklet so we would appreciate a donation, but are happy to negotiate, especially for schools and groups.

We plan to get the booklet onto the NOON website but there have been some technical glitches. We’ll let you know when it’s up.

We invite you to make use of this wonderful resource!



    Do avoid using derogatory or stereotypical figures of speech, such as “sitting Indian style,” “acting like a bunch of wild Indians,” and “going on the warpath.” Do refer to indigenous children as children, men as men, and women as women. Terms such as squaw, brave, warrior and papoose have been misused and misunderstood. “Squaw” in some languages may be appropriate, but in other languages can be an insulting term. “Warrior” and “papoose” carry other meanings within some groups.

Kay Olan, Mohawk/Wolf Clan


NYS HAUDENOSAUNEE CULTURAL CENTERS:    Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, 814 Broad Street, Salamanca NY

 Nestled in the southwest corner of New York State, the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum offers a featured exhibit, a number of permanent exhibits, and a museum store for those looking for native made art and gifts. The current featured exhibit is “We play lacrosse”, a history of lacrosse in native communities with a listing of who’s been inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame. The permanent exhibits include “This is where we walked” (“surviving loss of land and homes”),”life in a log cabin”, and “life in a recreated 17th century longhouse, as well as “Ga'säde:ngö” (clan animals). If you are a return visitor, the clan animal exhibit is undergoing a new addition. The museum is open Monday 12-5pm, Tuesday-Friday 9-5 and closed Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and college students and $2 for children 7 and over, with a special rate for groups (call to arrange). They are on Facebook; their store in online 24/7. The website is




The From the Earth Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday May 9th from 10 am to 5pm

Onondaga Nation School on Rte 11A.

Over 40 Haudenosaunee Arts & Crafts vendors. Soapstone carving, Paintings, Pottery, wood carving, beadwork, silver jewelry, and precious stone jewelry are a few of the talents shared. Lots of good food, traditional and otherwise. Entertainment, Friends, and Fun.

Admission is Free with donations accepted to benefit our school's Parent, Teacher, Student Fund.

Free Parking, extra parking at the Health Center just south of the school.


Make-a-Knottie Workshop,
Saturday, May 9, 2015 Join "Knotties of Ganondagan" author and sculptor Doot Bokelman, for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to create your own tiny knottie. Perfect for ages 9-adult. Details to come on this magical event. Questions, email or 585-742-1690585-742-1690 . Or check Ganondagan web site

Volunteers Needed!!! The Pump House at Kanatsiohareke is need of some work. Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Kanatsiohareke is located about an hour west of Albany, between I-90 exits 28 and 29. (4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY 12068) Warning: You may get wet. You might need to bring work gloves, boots and a change of clothes, in case..., You might go home with some great stories to tell, You will leave with a great sense of accomplishment and pride in knowing that you did something very helpful. Please contact Kay Olan now if you are available and interested in participating at 518-584-9270518-584-9270  or

The Iroquois Indian Museum, Nature Park Bird Walk and Live Raptor Program, Saturday, May 23. Explore the nature trails with your binoculars and see what Spring Migrants are hanging out in the museum forest and fields! Enjoy some snacks and take a seat under the Museum’s outdoor amphitheater to enjoy at 10:30 AM a Live Birds of Prey show given by Kelly Martin, President of the NYS Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. Free and open to the public.

Gateway to Nations Powwow June 5-7th, 2015, Aviator Sports Complex, 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234. For information:


NOON Steering Committee Meeting, May 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 (315-472-5478315-472-5478 , or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (315-492-2684315-492-2684 , before the meeting.


Great Tree of Peace: The White Pine article in The Conservationist Magazine by Neil Patterson, Jr., Skarure, Tuscarora.

Six Nations Day will bring Iroquois culture and music to the NYS Fair


Benefit for Kanatsiohareke, Friday, June 19, 7:00pm, May Memorial Unitarian, Syracuse. Hear Mohawk Elder Tom Porter speak along with music, refreshments and more. Proceeds will benefit the traditional Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community near Fonda, NY. More details to come. Organized by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation with co-sponsorship by the Green Sanctuary/Social Justice Committee of May Memorial.

21st Annual Strawberry Festival at Kanatsiohareke, June 28th & 29th 2015, 10:00-6:00 pm, Kanatsiohareke 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY Traditional & Contemporary Music & Dance, Silent Auction, Arts & Crafts, Storytelling, Food, Adults - $5.00, Seniors & Children under 12 - $3.00, Children under 5 – Free

Ganondagan Native American Dance & Music Festival, July 25-26, with the grand opening of the Seneca Art & Culture Center, this year's festival will bigger and better than ever!

Ancient Wisdom Rising 2015, Sacred Fire Foundation, Aug 7-9, 2015, Blue Deer Center,, Margaretville, NY, bringing together elders and presenters on beautiful and sacred grounds located in the Catskill Mountains. Registration open. h

Polishing the Silver Covenant Chain: Building Relationships for the good of the Earth, Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts Forums, September 25-27, 2015, Six Nations Grand River Reserve, Ontario, Canada. A sub-theme to this Forum is Reaching Consensus on Commitments to Action. During the previous six Forums we have talked about problems and needs. Now, we will create plans to act. Participants will implement Six Nations-like protocols for consensus-based decision-making to create action plans to foment change.... change in our families, change in our communities, change in the U.S., and change in the way the Earth is treated. This Forum is limited to 60 participants so if you're planning to attend, act now. Register at or call 406-587-1002406-587-1002  or email Eric Noyes,