May 8, 2014 - Doctrine of Christian Discovery:


After Repudiation, What Next?

May 24-25, 2014

The Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center
former site of St Marie Among the Iroquois), 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, NY 13088


Saturday, May 24:

9 AM Opening and Welcome to Skä·noñh Center

10 AM Onondaga Nation Land Rights Action

11 AM Presentations by Christian groups working on repudiation statements

Lunch and film discussion

2 PM Breakout sessions

5 PM Conference discussion of ‘What’s Next?’

6 PM Dinner and Social


Sunday, May 25: Closing Ceremony, breakfast and summation

$30 REGISTRATION INCLUDES MEALS DURING THE CONFERENCE. Please register by May 16th so we can provide everyone with enough food. Discounted hotel information available. No one will be turned away from the door. Registration Contact: Sandy Bigtree, or 315-254-0288

Conference description:

From initial contact over 520 years ago, Indigenous leaders have brought into discussion the insidious role that Christianity has played in colonization and environmental destruction. Over the last several decades the Doctrine of Christian Discovery has been seen not only in historical and contemporary subjugation of indigenous human rights and land rights, but also in the ongoing devastation of the environment we all share.

We seek to bring together people who have worked on addressing and repudiating this doctrine so that we might learn from each other and develop strategies for moving forward with this work. How can we use the momentum from repudiation to change the colonial paradigms that drive decisions in our settler society? What are core issues that will benefit from alliances between Indigenous Peoples and Faith- Based Communities? What have we learned about people and what impacts our understanding?

Co-sponsors include: Onondaga Nation, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Religion Department @ Syracuse University, Onondaga Historical Association, Loretto Community (Denver, CO), New York Yearly Meeting (Quaker) Indian Affairs Committee, NYS Committee on Native American Ministries of the United Methodist Church, Zen Center of Syracuse, All Saints Catholic Parish.


    Do use the real names for each nation or tribe. For examples, the Mohawk are the Kanienkahaka and the Sioux are the Lakota, Nakota or Dakota.

Kay Olan, Mohawk/Wolf Clan


What is The Skä*noñh - Great Law of Peace Center?

The development of this education center is a collaborative effort between the Onondaga Nation, Onondaga Historical Association, Syracuse University, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Onondaga Community College, Lemoyne College, and Empire State College. This project is organized to design a new narrative and programming for the site with greater emphasis on the Haudenosaunee perspective. Your input will help to inform what visitors to The Skä*noñh- Great Law of Peace Center will experience. Learn more about the Center at

Community Survey for Skä·noñh - Great Law of Peace Center is in the process of collecting community input from a wide community of people about the Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center. Below is a link and it would be a great help in the development of the site if you could take a few minutes to fill it out.

If you would like to be on the Great Law of Peace list serve, contact Phil Arnold at


May 10, Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
From the Earth Arts and Crafts Show, hosted by: the Onondaga Nation School PTS, Onondaga Nation School (located on rte. 11a ), food ~ music friends - jewelry- sculptures- baskets -paintings – beadwork. Free admission – donations accepted – free extra parking available in the health center parking lot nearby


May 28, 7:30pm, Sierra Club, University United Methodist Church on East Genesee St. Aimee Clinkhammer, the Onondaga Lake Watershed Coordinator, will be presenting for discussion her update to the State of the Lake. This will be an informational meeting. It will present a wealth of information and background on current and future "cleanup" possibilities.


May 3, 2:00 - 9:00 pm, Ganondagan Iroquois White Corn Project at Devour Rochester, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY. Stop by their table for delicious tastings, exciting new recipes and to learn more about their socially conscious venture. Iroquois White Corn products will also be available for purchase.


June 2, 1-3 PM, Good Friends Gardeners will hold an educational presentation at the Onondaga Nation Cookhouse about gardening in our bio-region. 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.


June 21, 1-3 PM, Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change Workshop, Skänoñh - Great Law of Peace Center, (former site of St Marie Among the Iroquois). Paula Palmer from the Boulder Friends Meeting will be presenting an experiential workshop to help allies of native peoples work towards right relations with America's native peoples. $10-$30 suggested donation at the door. Reservations required. Please contact Gail Bundy at or 607-423-0503607-423-0503 .


July14-25, Mohawk Language Classes, Kanatsiohareke in Fonda, NY. For details and applications visit



May 13 - 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 , or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (315-492-2684315-492-2684 , before the meeting.

May 21 - 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.

Doctrine of Discovery Study Group will not be meeting again until after the May 24 Conference.


More information will be provided on these events as it becomes available.

June 28-29, 10 am- 6 pm, Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community Strawberry Festival, Fonda, NY


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