November 2017 - Treaty Day



Treaty Day

Article VI of the United States Constitution says in part:

This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.”

However, the US has not followed this or honored our treaties with our Indigenous Peoples.

And still every year on November 11th hundreds of Indigenous people and their allies gather in Canandaigua, NY to commemorate the Canandaigua Treaty which was signed by the Grand Council of the Iroquois confederacy, Haudenosaunee), and Timothy Pickery, official agent of President George Washington signed on November 11th 1794. There were 1600 representatives from the Haudenosaunee as well as Quaker observers who could read English and aid the Haudenosaunee.

You can "polish the chain" of peace and friendship and join the commemoration of the treaty that brought peace between the United States and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people, and recognized the sovereignty of each.

Meet at Canandaigua Primary School at 1:30 for a short walk to the Ontario County Courthouse lawn for the ceremony at Treaty Rock on the Canandaigua Court House lawn.

Click here for schedule and details, including the 6 pm keynote speaker Douglas M. George-Kanentiio (Mohawk).




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.



Winterization Workday, Volunteer Appreciation Dinner & Film Screening, November 11, all day, Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY 12068. Directions. Gwendoln Cates will discuss her film, “The Good Mind”, after the screening. Bring a dish to share or just yourself.

The Good Hunter, Sunday, November 12, 1-3 pm, Ganondagan. Learn traditional Seneca hunting skills. Students ages 8-16 are welcome to come and learn about Seneca hunting equipment, practice archery, learn some animal tracking skills, and fire building! Adult supervision is required. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register by phone: (585) 924-5848. Free with admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center (winter rates apply), and free for Friends of Ganondagan members. Meet at the Seneca Art & Culture Center.

Thanksgiving Circle of Peace, November 23th, (Thanksgiving Day), 10 am at Willow Bay, Onondaga Lake Park, Syracuse, NY. All are welcome for a brief gathering to appreciate the environment and our friendships working together. Onondaga people and allies will gather to express thanks for the goodness of the Earth and to each other for our ongoing friendship, as we work side-by-side in peace and hope for healing, justice and environmental restoration. Everyone welcome, dress for the weather, light refreshments.

Other Ganondagan Events

Native American Winter Arts Weekend, December 2, 10 am - 4 pm, Gonandagan. Storytelling, music, children's activities Native American art and crafts to purchase, and Tuscarora blues singer Pura Fé! December 3, award winning film, 1 PM - 4 PM. RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Spirit Game Film - Pride of a Nation, Saturday, December 9, Gonandagan. This documentary follows the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team during the 2015 World Box Lacrosse Championship in which culture, sovereignty, and sports interwove for this historic event.

On going events.

Excellence in Iroquois Arts Award & Exhibit, Ends November 30, Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY. Donald “Babe” Hemlock and Carla Hemlock, Mohawks from Kahnawake join the ranks of previous recipients Stan Hill, Sr; Joseph Jacobs; Peter Jemison; Mary Adams; Tammy Tarbell; Peter B. Jones and other esteemed individuals. Babe is acknowledged as a foremost cradleboard carver and painter and Carla is highly respected for her art quilts. Both have received numerous national awards and have been represented internationally in museums and galleries.

Walking the Steel: From Girder to Ground Zero Exhibit, Ends November 30 Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY. Artwork, artifacts, photographs, and audio recollections interprets the long-standing cultural and occupational tradition of iron working and its prominent role in Iroquois communities. Also explores the response to 9-11 by these individuals who had no national obligation to aid in the recovery but selflessly did (in some cases at immense personal cost), and concludes with the Haudenosaunee role in raising the 758-ton spire for the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center in May 2013.


NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Tuesday, November 14, 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.


American Indian Digital History Project

Petition to the City of Syracuse & Onondaga County: Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, not Columbus Day!

Leonard Peltier Remembers his friend Dennis Banks



WITNESS TO INJUSTICE: UNRAVELING HISTORIC NATIVE & U.S. RELATIONS. This inter-active group exercise is a 1 ½ 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 3154725478.

You can access past NOON E-Newsletters.