October 21, 2014 - Canandaigua Treaty Day


November 11, Tuesday, 2014


Much has changed in the 220 years since the signing of the Canandaigua Treaty of 1794, but its commemoration of peace and friendship between the Six Nations Confederacy (Haudenosaunee) and the United States still is recognized today. As has been the annual tradition, members of the Six Nations and the United States government gather on the front lawn of the courthouse in Canandaigua, New York to commemorate this seminal federal treaty.


About the Canandaigua Treaty
The Canandaigua Treaty brought about peace between the Six Nations (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora) and the U.S., and was negotiated and signed by sachems representing the Grand Council of the Six Nations and Colonel Timothy Pickering, the official agent of George Washington.

It also recognized the sovereignty of the Six Nations to govern and set laws as individual nations. This yearly commemoration is a time of re-dedication of the agreement, helping to ensure that the "chain of friendship" and agreements between nations remain current and vibrant.

Read more on Ganagonan's Canandaigua Treaty page!

Commemoration of the Canandaigua Treaty Events
Please join us for a time of Peace and Friendship to commemorate a very important Treaty between the people of the United States of America and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people. All activities (unless specified) take place at the Canandaigua Primary School, 96 W. Gibson Street, Canandaigua, New York. Admission is free and open to the public.

Canandaigua Treaty Day Commemoration Schedule (free and open to the public)

10:30 am - 5 pm - Native American art and craft sale at the Primary School gym

1:30 pm - Walk from Canandaigua Primary School (96 W. Gibson St.) to Ontario County Courthouse (27 N. Main St.)

2:00 pm - Commemoration Ceremony; front lawn of Ontario County Courthouse

6:00 pm - Keynote Speaker TBA; Canandaigua Primary School Auditorium


From the Ganondagan web page - http://www.ganondagan.org/Events-Programs/Canandaigua-Treaty-Event

The longest wampum belt is the 1794 Canandaigua Treaty belt. This belt is 6 feet long and composed of thirteen figures holding hands connected to two figures and a house. The 13 figures represent the 13 States of the newly formed United States of America. The two figures and the house symbolize the Haudenosaunee. The two figures next to the longhouse are the Mohawk (Keepers of the Eastern Door) and the Seneca (Keepers of the Western Door).

President George Washington had this belt made to ratify a treaty with the Haudenosaunee to end the quarrels between us. That together we shall live in peace, friendship and forever.

From Onondaga Nation web site - http://www.onondaganation.org/culture/wampum/george-washington-belt/

A replica of this belt is on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. The replica was made by Tony Gonyea, Onondaga, Beaver Clan, Faithkeeper.


  1. 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


We are very concerned that Onondaga County wants to build an amphitheater on Onondag Lake, sacred to the Onondaga Nation. We are nearing a critical juncture in the review process. If you live in Onondaga County and haven’t already called your representatives, we urge you to do so, and to recruit friends and neighbors to do likewise, ASAP. It could make the difference in preventing the Amphitheater being built. The following County Legislators may have a special interest in this issue, given their positions and prior votes:Mike E. Plochocki, 6th District (R), (315) 263-3172(315) 263-3172 , mikeplochocki@hotmail.com

Kathleen Rapp, 5th District (R), (315) 451-5294(315) 451-5294 , RappKathleen5@gmail.com
Judith A. Tassone, 4th District (R), (315) 457-5458(315) 457-5458 , tassone@twcny.rr.com

            Casey Jordan, 14th District (R), (315) 699-7246(315) 699-7246 , cejordan@cnymail.com
            John C. Dougherty, 2nd District (R), (315) 944-0716, john@johndougherty.org

            Kevin Holmquist, 10th District (R), (315) 637-8364,

In the next few weeks, County Legislators will cast some important votes on the proposed wastebed amphitheater project. On October 28th the Environmental Protection Committee will vote on whether to recommend approval of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (http://www.ongov.net/environment/amphitheaterdocs.html). During the legislative session on November 3rd at 1PM, the Legislature will vote to approve the Final Environmental Impact Statement and the $49.5 million bond resolution to pay for the amphitheater’s construction.

You do not have to live in Onondaga County to sign this online petition asking County Executive Mahoney to find an alternative site that is safer for the public and the environment: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/354/950/764/tell-onondaga-county-dont-build-the-amphitheater-on-the-wastebeds/

To learn more about the issues visit: www.scribd.com/CFAB


October 22, Wednesday, 6:30 pm, Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row Wampum, a documentary film by Gwendolen Cates, Other Side, 2011 Genesee St., Utica, NY. Speakers: Daygot Leeyos Edwards, Liseli Haines and Buffy Curtis.


October 24, Friday, 6:30 pm, Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row Wampum, a documentary film by Gwendolen Cates, Monroe Community College, Building 3, Room 130 (The Forum). Speakers: Freida Jacques and Andy Mager.


October 30, Thursday, 6 pm, Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row Wampum, a documentary film by Gwendolen Cates, Rochester Institute of Technology, Student Alumni Union, Bamboo Room (2650). Speakers: Freida Jacques and Cindy Squillace.


November 1, Saturday, 2-4 PM, Native American Cultural Celebration, Rochester Institute of Technology, Fireside Lounge (Sau). RIT student clubs invite you to join them as they kick off Native American Heritage Month with an afternoon of fun. The event includes games, crafts, traditional storytelling, and food! Admission is free and open to everyone!


November 3, Monday, 7-9 PM, An Evening of Native American Music & Art, Rochester Institute of Technology, Davis Room (Sau). Join us as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month with an evening of music and art. Featuring performances by Joanne & Leah Shenanodoah and art by RIT alumni and current students. Light hors d’oeuvres and refresh- ments will be served. Admissions is free and open to everyone!
Joanne is a Grammy Award winner, with over 40 music awards (including 13 Native American Music awards) and 17 recordings. Recently, Joanne and Leah each recieved two Native American Music Awards nominations. Leah is an award winning jeweler and a RIT MFA candidate in Metal Smithing and Jewelry Design


November 5, Wednesday, 11:10 am, Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row Wampum, a documentary film by Gwendolen Cates, Onondaga Community College, Mawhinney Hall Rm. 245. Speakers: Freida Jacques and Andy Mager. 6-8 pm at Storer Auditorium. Speakers: Daygot Leeyos Edwards and Cindy Squillace.


November 5, Wednesday, 7 pm, Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row Wampum, a documentary film by Gwendolen Cates, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy), Rm TBA. Speakers: Kay Olan, Denise Watso, Andy Mager.


November 7, Friday, 7 PM, Roots of Injustice Workshop, St. Paul's U. Methodist Church. 402 N. Aurora St., Ithaca NY 14850,. To RSVP, send email to office@stpaulsithaca.org. Phone is 607-273-5971607-273-5971 


November 7, Friday, 1-2 PM, Finding My Path: Stephanie Waterman, Rochester Institute of Technology, Mosaic Center (Sau). Finding My Path is a series of dialogues that emphasize the informal reflections on the lessons learned, and the journey to finding a career path. Distinguished guest, Dr. Stephanie Waterman (Onondaga, Turtle Clan) is a professor at the University of Rochester and is an editor of the book “Beyond The Asterik: Understanding Native Stu- dents in Higher Education.” *Light refreshments provided.


November 17, 12-1:30 PM, Reel Monday: Up Heartbreak Hill, Rochester Institute of Technology, Mosaic Center (Sau). Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Lunch will be provided. RSVP is required for this event, please email ndsfsp@rit.edu.


November 21, Friday, Native American Alumni Hockey Night, RIT Native American alumni and current FSP students! Join the Future Stewards Program and RIT Alumni Association for a night of hockey fun! The evening will begin with a social hour at RIT Sports Zone before heading to the new Gene Polisseni Center to cheer on the RIT Tigers as they take on the Sacred Heart University Pioneers!


November 28, Thursday, 10 am on Thanksgiving morning, Thanksgiving Circle of Peace, Willow Bay, Onondaga Lake Park. Onondaga people and allies will gathered 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.

December 13, Saturday, 10am to 5pm, From the Earth Arts & Crafts Festival, Onondaga Nation School, Free, Donations accepted. Over 45 Craftspeople and Artists from a Six Nations. Artists from the Navajo Nation as well. Paintings and Prints, Soap Stone carvings, lacrosse sticks, beaded jewelry, gemstone jewelry, weaved shawls, native patterned material, dream catchers, bone carving and silver jewelry are only a few of the art and crafts that will be available. Arrow Booth will be a guest dancer. Traditional foods as well as hearty lunch menus will be available.
All are welcome. There will be extra parking available at the Onondaga Nation Health Center just past the school on Rte 11A. Onondaga Nation School is 2 miles south of Nedrow proper on Rte 11A. Only school on Rte 11A. If coming either from the north or south on 81 get off on exit 16 and go north towards Syracuse on Rt 11. Rte 11A is to the left just after the Arena and Smoke Shop.


November 11, Rescheduling due to Treaty Day. Watch next newsletter for new date, 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.


November 19, Wednesday, 6:15-8:15 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

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