August 2017 - History As It Really Was





Recently, replicas of Columbus' ship were sailed up the Hudson and into Oswego, NY. As the ships came into Lake Ontario, NOON met them with a banner that read


1,000's of NATIVE NATIONS were already HERE.

That people still admire Columbus and his sailing across the Atlantic is somewhat mind boggling. Especially when we acknowledge he didn't even land in America and considering the things he did where he did land. The Columbus Foundation based in the British Virgin Islands doesn't seem to have any mission or objective other than to build replicas and sail them to places Columbus never “discovered”.

The European explorers were given permission through the Doctrine of Discover to view non-Christians in “discovered” lands as savages and were given permission to kill or enslave them while taking their lands. “Manifest Destiny” was the form it took in our education. We had a God given right to take and civilize this land. We just covered up, ignored and rationalized the many acts of genocide perpetrated.

In order to buy into this narrative we ignored the true history of the people, cultures and civilizations that were here. Archaeologists are discovering more and more evidence of our land being inhabited many years earlier that has previously been thought. Although Cahokia near St Louis was designated an historical site in the 1960s, many Americans still do not know about this large and influential urban settlement that developed advanced societies across much of what is now the central and southeastern United States, beginning more than 1000 years before European contact. It is considered the largest and most complex archaeological native site north of the great pre-Columbian cities in Mexico. Additional smaller mound civilizations have been discover and studied in many other areas along the Mississippi valley as far south as Louisianan and east into Ohio.

For years “Indians” were portrayed in our media as one homogeneous group of “savages”. But the reality is that there were a wide diversity of native cultures possibly over 1,000. And there are still 560 Federally recognized Tribal groups. And they had and still have very diverse and rich cultures. Understandably, they often do not open themselves to to be misunderstood and mistreated as our true history reflects.

It is a challenge to get outside our own experience and understand the experiences of others- even those that do share our own culture. It is a challenge to try to deal with each other in an understanding and collegial way so we can live together cooperatively. It is a challenge to get past untruths and omissions and embrace a new understanding of our continent's history but it is well worth the effort.

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.


Dear Friend and Supporter of Kanatsiohareke:

I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits. I am writing to you today to express my gratitude for all of your support and friendship over the years. But I am also writing –with some reluctance-- to ask for your help. For over two decades, the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community has been my home. It is the place to which I return in between times of helping with ceremonies and working in our communities to maintain our language and traditional teachings for our future generations. Kanatsiohareke has also served many of you as a place of communal gathering, cultural learning, and language revitalization, as well as a place of ceremony, rest, and rejuvenation. It is a place that we all cherish, despite the numerous infrastructural issues and setbacks that have accumulated over the years.

Unfortunately, the existing infrastructural issues at Kanatsiohareke have accumulated to a point that we can no longer put off addressing them. The Kanatsiohareke Community needs to act quickly to address two of the most urgent of these issues: our water and septic systems. Over a century old, the spring water system in the community is now in such dire need of repair that we have been advised not to use the water that flows in abundance through our community. We have, instead, been forced to spend thousands of dollars a year purchasing bottled water that is trucked in from distant lands. Similarly, our septic system, which has never been fully operational, has recently shut down completely, requiring costly repairs to prevent sewage from backing up into the facilities. If Kanatsiohareke is to survive and thrive into the future, we will need to begin repairs and upgrades on these systems right away, and we are looking to raise $40,000 by mid-October of this year, as well as some additional funds thereafter.

Water is Life. We each have a responsibility to protect and care for the water sources around us. Because of the gravity of this responsibility and the accumulated weight of our struggle, we are asking that you support our efforts and share with us in upholding our collective responsibilities. Your tax-deductible donation in support of the Kanatsiohareke Clean Water Project will help us to do this, and it will allow us to build a more sustainable, flourishing community for the future generations.

Niawenko:wa tahnon skennenhatie,
Sakokwenionkwas Thomas Porter and the Kanatsiohareke Board of Directors

Donations can be made by check, cash (in person only), or credit/debit card.
By check, please make checks out to Kanatsiohareke and mail them to: PO Box 714, Fonda, NY 12068.
Cash donation in person, please come visit us at: 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY 12068.
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The Karihwi:io with Arenho:ktha Thomas Deer, August 12, Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY. Tom will discuss sections that demonstrate the relevance of the message today and implications for a longhouse world-view and spirituality, as well as, longhouse ceremonies that trace their roots to the Karihwi:io. Discussion in Mohawk and Cayuga with English translation. $25 admission includes coffee, tea, morning snacks, a home cooked lunch, stimulating discussion and great company.

Tales from the Top:Ironworking Skills Demo Day, Saturday, August 12th, 11:00 – 1:00 and 2:00 – 4:00, Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY. Mohawk ironworker Mike Swamp and his son Owen will share skills of rivet toss, rod tying, low level girder walk. Do you think you have what it takes to work the Iron? Come try your hand. And, Hard Hat Design Workshop, Sunday, August 13th from 1pm – 3pm. Visitors are invited to create their own dazzling wearable art pieces using paint, stickers and more. Ages 6 to adult.

The Good Mind, Sunday, August 13th, 1pm, Upstate Films Theater, 6415 Montgomery St., in Rhinebeck, NY. Join Upstate Women in Film and Television and Upstate Films for a special screening & discussion with filmmaker Gwendolen Cates on a powerfully moving and informative documentary on Native American sovereignty and water protection issues.

Haudenosaunee Canoe Journeys: Paddling for the Past, Present and Future with Hickory Edwards, August 13. Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY. The landing at Kanatsiohareke will come after 13 days of paddling from the Confederacy's Western Door among the Seneca at Canandaigua to the Eastern Door in the Mohawk Valley. Landing accompanied by ceremony, traditional social with song, dance and water stories from each Nation participating in the paddle.

Haudenosaunee Women's Traditional Roles with Wendy Hill, August 19, Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY. Wendy will speak on roles and responsibilities including ceremonies, pregnancy, birthing and death in relations with others and self, as well as, other aspects of daily life.

Haudenosaunee Singers & Dancers, Saturday, August 19 Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY. Led by Sherri Waterman-Hopper, a member of the Beaver Clan of the Onondaga Nation, the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers have been performing together for over 20 years. This talented group travels across the country performing social dances at museums, universities, and cultural events.

Mural Painting with Mohawk Artist Jay Havens, Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY. Starting on July 26th, Jay Havens began producing a 10' x 40' mural in the Children’s Museum. Jay will invite visitors from 8years of age to elders to take part in the painting of this unique permanent installation. Related activities will be available for younger visitors. Jay will debut his collaboratively created mural during their annual Iroquois Indian Festival on September 2 & 3.

Ethobotany Workshop, Saturday, August 26, 9-11 am, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY. For ages 8 and up, come learn about traditional Haudenosaunee planting and picking practices, work with sweetgrass, taste-test teas from the time of Seneca inhabitance at Ganondagan, and learn culinary uses of plants along the Earth is Our Mother trail. Wear long pants, bring water, wear hiking boots or equivalent, and consider wearing hats and long sleeves. Meet at the Environmental Field Office, at the corner of Boughton Hill Rd. and Rt-444. This event is free and open to the public; register by August 19. To register, or if you have questions, please contact:

Seneca Bark Longhouse At Ganondagan State Historical Site Is Open now through October 31. You can further your understanding of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee - and their message of peace - from a comprehensive cultural, historical, and environmental perspective. Tour the full-size replica of the 17th-century Seneca Bark Longhouse, walk miles of self-guided trails, climb the mesa where a huge palisaded granary stored thousands of bushels of corn and then visit the Seneca Art & Culture Center.

Walking the Steel: From Girder to Ground Zero Exhibit, April 1 - November 30, 2017, 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, September 12, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend talking with Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff (3154725478, or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (3154922684, before the meeting.


The new ‘Life in the Adirondacks’ exhibit dedicates area to Abenaki, Mohawk presence in northern New York State at the The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

Kanatsiohareke (Gah Nah Jo Hah Leg: Geh) Near Fonda, NY celebrated the24th annual Strawberry Festival in June.


Moundbuilders of Native North America, Before the Pyramids

ING Bank Will Not Finance Four Major Pipelines

Native Youth  run 80 miles with environmental demand for Bureau of Land Management

Christopher Columbus Replica Ships Confronted By Iroquois Canoeists

Haudenosaunee Women power can be seen from women’s rights movement to Standing Rock.

Wearing Regalia to Graduation. A group of Native American students at Salamanca were granted permission to wear regalia at their graduation “to heal historic trauma related to boarding schools; to create unity through diversity and reduced discrimination; to honor their elders and previous Native American graduates; and to inspire younger Native American students to continue with school and to one day wear their regalia at graduation.

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, please contact Sue Eiholzer at 315-492-2684 or

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 at 315-472-5478 or


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 at 3154725478 or


Gifts of the Haudenosaunee: Living History Event, Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 am-4 pm, Ganondagan State Historical Site. Immerse yourself in the rich Haudenosaunee culture, heritage, and traditions through story telling and traditional & contemporary arts at our 2017 Living History event

Read more here!

"Deyhontsigwa'ehs-The Creator's Game" hosted by the Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Lacrosse Festival, taking place September 28 - October 1, 2017 on Onondaga Nation territory.

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