October 1, 2014


Columbus Day


jumping through the hoops of history and Macacalypto

Poems by Suzan Shown Harjo:




Treaty Exhibit: Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations opened at the National Museum of the American Indians, Washington, DC on September 21, 2014 and will run until Fall of 2018. Replicas of the Two Row and George Washington wampum belts made by Tony Gonyea, Onondaga Faithkeeper, are on display in the exhibit. A symposium on treaties took place on September 18. A webcast of the symposium can be viewed at: http://www.nmai.si.edu/explore/multimedia/webcasts/

An article on the exhibit in the Smithsonian Magazine is available at: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/treaties-governed-us-indian-relationships-180952443/


Opening of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples: September 22, 2014 in New York. UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon quoted our friend and colleague Tonya Gonnella Frichner, Onondaga and founder of the American Law Alliance: "A longtime indigenous activist and former member of the Permanent Forum, Tonya Gonnella Frichner, once said, 'Indigenous peoples all [speak many] different languages but in our meetings, we are speaking one language. Our relationship to Mother Earth is identical.'”

His complete remarks are at: http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=8015 

The People's Climate March in New York City drew 400,000 people from all over the U.S. and other countries including 2 bus loads of Onondaga. By now many of you have seen Tadodaho Sid Hill and Oren Lyon, Onondaga Faithkeeper, with Leonardo DiCaprio. For a video of the march and photos go to: http://peoplesclimate.org/

The Craft show at the Tsha’hon’nonyen’dukhwa Onondaga Nation Arena September 13 and 14 included a good time, good food, great entertainment, and a learning opportunity. While it is impossible to name all the vendors, this show's vendors offered a jewelry selection by educator Barbara Bethmann Mahooty, pottery by widely reknowned Tammy Tarbell, and books, music, beadwork, and more from the craft store of Kanatsiohareke Mohawk community, brought in by Tom Porter and his family. There were also a number of raffles for school and sport ventures. The Scoon Bakeoff Showdown on Saturday gave first place to Victoria Homer; second place went to Julie Bucktooth, and third place to Josie Cook. Congratulations to all! Entertainment was by the NAMMY award winning group Cornbred. Catch them on youtube or better, buy a DVD.

Sunday was a Smoke Dance competition with many categories and many winners: in the Junior Girls (6-12 years), first place went to Keely Jocko, and second to Mercedes Williams. In Teen Girls (13-17 years), first was awarded to Jamisin Cathers, and second place to Danielle Duby. In the Teen Boys category (13-17 years), first place went to Alex Steeprock, and second to Pierce Smith. In the Adult Women category (18-49 years), Janielle Papineau, placed first, second went to Awen~heeyuh Powless, and third to Monica Papineau. In the Adult Men category (18-49 years), first place went to Regis Cook, and second to Ikerson Hopper. Congratulations to all.

Don't miss the next one – From the Earth Arts and Crafts Show- in December at the Onondaga Nation School. The events are free and open to the public; take this opportunity to experience the beauty of the school’s art and architecture, learn from performances, eat well, and purchase one of a kind art and gifts for the upcoming holidays.



    Don’t emphasize violence and warfare. Indigenous nations did engage in warfare at various times in their history, as did many Europeans nations. However, more time and effort was devoted to survival and cultural activities. Do spend time discussing the reasons for conflict. Do view and discuss art, crafts, tools, clothing, and shelter in addition to tomahawks, bows and arrows.

Kay Olan, Mohawk/Wolf Clan



The “Waste Bed” Amphitheater that Onondaga County plans to build on the shores of the Onondaga Nations sacred lake is moving into the budget and bonding phase. If you live in Onondaga County and have concerns about this project, please contact you legislator to let them know. They are listed at: http://www.ongov.net/legislature/members.html

A number of local organizations have expressed concerns about Onondaga County's plans to construct a 17,500-seat amphitheater atop massive industrial wastebeds on the west shore of Onondaga Lake. Citizens for a Better Plan includes Central New York Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Law Office of Joe Heath, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Onondaga Shoreline, Partnership for Onondaga Creek and The Nine Mile Creek Conservation Council.

They have developed several fact sheets raising questions about the project which can be accessed at: http://www.peacecouncil.net/noon/amphitheater/fact-sheets-about-the-proposed-onondaga-lake-amphitheater

Please consider signing a petition asking the County Executive to find an alternative site that is safer for the public and the environment is on line at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/354/950/764/tell-onondaga-county-dont-build-the-amphitheater-on-the-wastebeds/



October 4, Saturday, 10 am - 5:30 pm, FIRST PEOPLES' FESTIVAL A CELEBRATION OF INDIGENOUS CULTURE, Dewitt Park, Ithaca. Traditional Opening by Cayugas at 11 am. Performers, Children's activities, Arts & Crafts, & Food Vendors. For more info: http://www.multicultural-resource.org/
Face Book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/548501661944910/


October 18 - Saturday,9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Native American Arts and Culture Festival, Sanford Field House, Colgate University. The Native American Arts and Culture Festival is a free event open to the public and the Native American Student Association's biggest event all year. The festival will include Dan Hill's traditional flute music, Ecuadorian group Ayazamana, the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers and Martha Redbone Roots Project and feature a craft market, traditional food, children's activities, and demonstrations. For additional information: https://www.getinvolved.colgate.edu/organization/NASA/calendar/details/468706


November 11, 2014 - 10:30am – 6pm, Commemoration of 220th Anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty,
Canandaigua Primary School, Canandaigua, NY. All activities free & open to the public. Further information is available at: http://www.ganondagan.org/Events-Programs/Canandaigua-Treaty-Event


October 14 - 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.


October 15 – 6:15 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


More information will be provided later on these events.

December, From the Earth Arts and Crafts Show, Onondaga Nation School.


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