May 29, 2014 - Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change

 

Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples

Saturday, June 21st, 1-3:30 PM

Skänoñh - Great Law of Peace Center

(look for St Marie Among the Iroquois), 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, NY 13088

$10-$30 free will donation at door

Registration required. Contact Gail Bundy for at gbundy@rmi.net or 607-423-0503607-423-0503 

Questions and additional information: Contact Sue Eiholzer, rsue@twcny.rr.com, (315) 492-2684(315) 492-2684 

The Toward Right Relationship project of the Boulder Friends Meeting (Quakers) developed this workshop in response to calls from Indigenous leaders and the World Council of Churches. The 2-hour exercise traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples.

The goal is to raise allies level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to take actions toward “right relationship.”

A Resource Kit with suggestions for continued study, reflection, and action will be provided.

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ADDITIONAL WORKSHOP:

June 20, 7-9 PM, Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change Workshop, Ithaca Friends meeting, 120 Third Street, Ithaca. A pot luck dinner will be served at 6 PM. $10 suggested donation at the door. Reservations required. Please contact Susan Wolf at QuakerWolf@gmail.com or 607-272-1618607-272-1618 .

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SUGGESTIONS FOR TEACHING ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS:

Do discuss, evaluate and challenge stereotypical representations of indigenous people as portrayed in books, cartoons, movies, advertisements and colloquialisms. It is important to stress that indigenous people differ in appearance and do not all look the way Hollywood has made the public think they should look. Do point out that each person has their own unique look and personality. Terms such as “stoic,” “noble,” “war-like,” “savage,” “primitive,” and “blood-thirsty” should not be used to describe an entire racial group.

Kay Olan, Mohawk/Wolf Clan


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ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE TWO ROW WAMPUM RENEWAL CAMPAIGN:

Following three years of intensive work to develop, carry out and then follow up on the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, the group has decided that the time has come for them to close down their organization.When they began the process, they hadn’t sought to create a new organization, but rather further a larger social movement to support Onondaga, Haudenosaunee and Native Sovereignty, honor Treaties made between our peoples and work together to protect the Earth. They feel that closing down the organization is the best way to build on the work they have done.

They plan to continue screenings of the documentary film Guswenta to continue their educational work and are clarifying the best path forward for utilizing the resources they have developed.

NOON gave birth to the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign and applauds the dedication and hard work. they have put into this powerful project.

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EVENTS:

The Doctrine of Christian Discovery: After Repudiation, What Next? May 24/25th Conference was attended by approximately 55 people. Joe Heath spoke about the impact of the Doctrine on Indian Law and its impact on natives today including Onondaga's need to seek justice at the OAS. Robert Miller skyped in to share his view of 10 important elements of the Doctrine. Reports by representatives of various religious denominations on their efforts stimulated discussion and ideas about next steps. The documentary film, CowJews and Indians, not only lightened the mood but challenged attendees perceptions of our history. A video, report and photos of the conference will be posted on the Study Groups web sit in the near future. doctrineofdiscovery.org

 

June 1, 1-3 PM, Good Friends Gardeners will hold an educational presentation at the Onondaga Nation Field Pavilion. Steve McComber will speak on “Sustainable Gardening”. It is open to the general public and anyone interested in helping with the garden. This event will immediately follow their 3rd Annual Seed and Plant Giveaway for residents of the Onondaga Nation, another of their projects. The field pavilion is on Rte 11A on the left behind the fire house. Contact Cindy Squilace for additional information cindysquillace@gmail.com or 415-5508.

 

June 28-29, 10 am- 6 pm, Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community Strawberry Festival, 4934 State Highway #5, Fonda, NY. A weekend of Mohawk culture & fun. Native Arts & Crafts, Food, Storytelling, Social Dancing, Silent Auction. Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Children & Seniors, Under 5 free. http://www.mohawkcommunity.com/festival.html

 

July14-25, Mohawk Language Classes, Kanatsiohareke in Fonda, NY. For details and applications visit http://www.mohawkcommunity.com/languageimmersion/currentsessionschedule.html

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June 10 - 7-8:30 pm, NOON Steering Committee Meeting, 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.

June 18 - 6 pm, Shaleshock CNY, Community Room, Onondaga Free Library. Anyone interested in learning more about local anti-hydrofracking efforts in CNY or to connect to these efforts is encouraged to attend. shaleshockcny.org/index.html

June 17 – 7 pm, Doctrine of Discovery Study Group will resume regular gatherings next month 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 .

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More information will be provided later on these events.

July 26 & 27, 2014 - 10am – 6pm, 23rd Annual Native American Dance & Music Festival, Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor, NY. http://www.ganondagan.org/Events-Programs/Dance-Music-Festival

 

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