October 2015 Time for Consistent Recognition of Sovereignty


Time for Consistent Recognition of Sovereignty


Lacrosse has indeed come home. We are witnessing an historic first as the Onondaga Nation hosts the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC). This is the first time that an indigenous nation has hosted such an international sporting event.

Of course, this is one of many precedent-setting actions by the Onondaga Nation and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, for which Onondaga serves as the Capital or Central Fire. The Haudenosaunee established the first, and longest-running participatory democracy in the Western Hemisphere over 1,000 years ago on the shores of Onondaga Lake.

Since Europeans arrived on these shores, the Onondaga have continuously asserted their status as a sovereign nation.

The first international treaty made by the United States was the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua, recognizing Haudenosaunee lands. The first Haudenosaunee passport was issued to Cayuga Nation chief Deskaheh in 1923 to serve as an international diplomat and bring Haudenosaunee concerns to the League of Nations. In 1924 after President Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act, the Haudenosaunee Grand Council sent a letter reminding him of the treaties recognizing their sovereignty, asserting their Haudenosaunee citizenship and declining U.S. citizenship. In 1977 the Haudenosaunee led a delegation of indigenous peoples to the United Nations, launching a diplomatic process that led to the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Haudenosaunee passport was key to acceptance by the Federation of International Lacrosse of the Iroquois Nationals as a full member nation team independent from the United States or Canadian teams in 1987.

The Federation of International Lacrosse's decision to grant the hosting to the Onondaga Nation is further recognition of the sovereign status of the Onondaga and Haudenosaunee, but also exposes the many contradictions at play. The Haudenosaunee have at times been denied the right to travel on their own passports, particularly by the United Kingdom, a travesty which prevented the participation of the Iroquois Nationals in the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships in England and of the Haudenosaunee U19 Women’s Team participation in the Women’s World Lacrosse Championship in Scotland this year. In contrast, the Onondaga Nation has warmly welcomed all teams to their territory and were happy to stamp the passports of the English team.

Let us build on this important milestone and extend recognition of Onondaga and Haudenosaunee sovereignty to areas where it has been withheld, or recognized only in a token manner.  We call on the government of the United Kingdom and the U.S. State Department to fully recognize the validity of Haudenosaunee passports and use their diplomatic power to encourage all nations of the world to recognize them. We call on our United States Senators Gillibrand and Schumer and Representative John Katko to champion this cause as representatives of we who as U.S. citizens who wish to make amends for hundreds of years of injustice.


Andy Mager, Lindsay Speer, Paul Eiholzer, Sue Eiholzer, Kate Lewis, Jack Ramsden, Carol Baum

for Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation

Op-Ed published Sunday, September 20, 2015 in the Syracuse Post Standard


NEWS RELEASE: From Canadian men’s indoor lacrosse team

ONONDAGA NATION Team Canada chairman Dean French does not hesitate when asked what he thinks of how the world indoor lacrosse tournament has been organized and run. I have been involved in six world championships as chairman of Team Canada and this, by far, is the most professionally run and organized world championship that I have ever attended,” says French. “The Haudenosaunee made a very wise decision in heading up the world championship by bringing on a specialized event management company to handle logistics. We’re all benefitting from that wise leadership decision by the Haudenosaunee.” Reprinted from the Onondaga Nation October Newsletter

Opening Ceremonies Article -
Syracuse Post Standard  www.syracuse.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/09/world_indoor_lacrosse_championship_opening_ceremony_games_on_youtube.html

New Lacrosse Pavilion at Onondaga Nation Article - Syracuse Post Standard http://www.syracuse.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/09/fans_can_see_some_world_indoor_lacrosse_championship_games_for_free.html


    Don’t refer to traditional regalia or outfits as “costumes.” Costumes are what people wear when they are pretending to be something or someone other than themselves. Today, most Native Americans wear clothing just like everyone else. However, traditional clothing might be worn on special occasions like ceremonies, powwows, festivals, and to show pride in their culture and heritage.

Kay Olan, Mohawk/Wolf Clan


Traditional Teachings Series, 2015 with Mohawk Elder, Tom Porter, Sakokwenionkwas, KANATSIOHAREKE, 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY 12068, www.mohawkcommunity.com Oct. 17 - The Four Sacred Rituals Oct. 24 - The Great Law Nov. 14 - Kariwiio, The Code of Handsome Lake 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, $25.00 registration for each session, includes lunch. To register (no later than one week before each session) for one or more sessions, call 518-584-9270 or email  ionataiewas14@hotmail.com so that we can make luncheon arrangements.

CELEBRATE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY, Redhawk Native American Arts Council, Monday October 12, 7am-2pm, Randals Island, New York City. Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day rather than Columbus Day. Reclaim and redefine this day to celebrate the rich cultures and histories of indigenous people in the Americas, rather than a day dedicated to the forced colonization of native peoples. The day will start with a Sunrise Ceremony followed by performances from Indigenous people around the world. It will be a day of healing, sharing and celebrating indigeneity. Help redefine this day into a positive and powerful day in celebration of the survival and resistance of 500 years of oppression and colonization. If you are a poet or musician interested in being apart of Indigenous Peoples Day please email at native@redhawkcouncil.org or call 718.686.9297. http://redhawkcouncil.org/powwows/

A Sea Change, October 16, 7 PM, Palace Threater, 2384 James St, Syracuse, NY. Sven Huseby, retired teacher, whose love for his five-year-old grandson Elias and the world he will inherit was compelled, after reading an article in The New Yorker, “The Darkening Sea”, to travel thousands of miles interviewing scientists on ocean acidification - the little known flip side of global warming. Advance sale tickets: $8 adults, $5 per senior/student/family member (seniors age 60+, families consist of at least 1 parent and children under 18 years old). Advance sale tickets available at www.greeningusa.org/aseachange can be picked up at the door. Ticket prices at the door: $10 adults, $8 seniors/students, $6 per family member.

Symposium on Eastern Woodland Material Culture & Art, Friday, October 16 (5-9 pm), and Saturday, October 17, 8 am – 5:30 pm. Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan 7100 County Road 41, Victor, NY, Admission: $100/person; $85/Friends of Ganondagan members. www.ganondagan.org/Events-Programs/Symposium-Material-Culture-Art

October Husking Bee, October 18, 10 am - 4 pm. Help Ganondagan keep this important tradition alive while learning how to husk and braid Iroquois White Corn to hang and dry over the winter. Dress for the weather and bring pruners if you have them. This is a great opportunity for friends, families (kids 9 and older), neighbors or service communities. The husking bees take place in the barn next to the Farmhouse, 7191 County Road 41, Victor. Registration is required four days before event so we can provide a hearty lunch for our helpers! Please email: whitecornproject@gmail.com or call 585-742-1361 with your availability.

Seneca Art & Culture Center Grand Opening at Ganondagan, Saturday, October 24, 10 am. In addition to that day's special "Gathering of Haudenosaunee Basketmakers," stay tuned for the event schedule to be shared very soon. Check web site to confirm. http://www.ganondagan.org/Home/utm_source/Exciting%20October%20Events%20at%20Ganondagan/utm_campaign/Exciting%20October%20Events%20at%20Ganondagan/utm_medium/email

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, A Talk by Dr Michael Mann, Monday, Nov. 2nd, 5:30 p.m., Panasci Family Chapel, LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY.

Completion of a Dream, "On the Edge" lecture series, November 5, 6:30 pm, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester, NY. www.rmsc.org/science-museum/programs-and-events/item/128-science-on-the-edge-lectures?utm_source=Exciting+October+Events+at+Ganondagan&utm_campaign=Exciting+October+Events+at+Ganondagan&utm_medium=email

Canandaigua Treaty Day, November 11, 10:30 – evening, Canandaigua, NY www.ganondagan.org/Events-Programs/Canandaigua-Treaty-Event?utm_source=Exciting+October+Events+at+Ganondagan?utm_campaign=Exciting+October+Events+at+Ganondagan&utm_medium=email

Lacrosse, Iroquois Nations, and Haudensaunee Idenity, November 14, 2 pm - 3 pm, Farmington Friends Meetinghouse, 187 Co Rd 8, Farmington, NY 14425. Ansley Jemison, coach, Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team, and Michael Taylor, Professor, Colgate University, will discuss the meaning of lacrosse for Haudenosuanee identity. For more information call: (315) 986-5559 All are welcome, refreshments will be served. www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=ZDJwMXA4dTVjaWk1NHM2NnN0MTlpbWRxaWMgZ2Fub25kYWdhbi5vcmdfcnN1NHRqYmFudGdnNmRtb2wyZzExaW0zdThAZw&ctz=America/New_York&sf=true&output=xml#eventpage_6


NOON Steering Committee Meeting, November 10, 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 (315-472-5478,  carol@peacecouncil.net) or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (315-492-2684,  rsue@twcny.rr.com) before the meeting.


Onondaga Nation Tadodaho Sid Hill, the spiritual leader of the Haudenosaunee, and other members of the Onondaga Nation were in New York City this morning for a multi-religious service with Pope Francis at the September 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero. “ Reprinted from Syracuse Post Standard


Frieda Jacques, Onondaga, Turtle Clan, has been selected by the New York Council for the Humanities for its New York Public Scholars program. As one of four women selected, she will give presentations and lead public engagement workshops related to her issues of community concern around New York State for two years.


Volunteer Opportunities at Gonandagan for a day, a week, or on a regular, long-term basis. With the new building opening, they have needs for event volunteers on Saturday, October 24. We also need volunteers for our November 11 Canandaigua Treaty Day, and for our Iroquois White Corn Project. If you have a flair for retail and want to help us out long-term, they can use your help the new Seneca Art & Culture Center gift shop. Please call 585-742-1690 or email: meg@ganondagan.org.


Skanonh-Great Law of Peace Center will open the week end of November 20-21.

Friday, November 20th There will be a fundraising dinner the night of to benefit the Center’s educational programming and exhibits. If you would like to be a sponsor of the event, please contact Dan Connors at (315) 428-1864 x319 or Daniel.Connors@cnyhistory.org. Tickets for the dinner are $100 per person.

Saturday, November 21, it will open to the public from 10am to 5pm with a hub of activity as visitors have their first opportunity to experience the culture of the Haudenosaunee like never before. Check the Center’s website (www.skanonhcenter.org) for updates and news on the opening.

Native American Winter Arts Festival, December 5,Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan.


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