December 2016 STANDING ROCK Honor the Treaties

                                     STANDING ROCK


Honor the Treaties


The proper name for the people commonly known as the Sioux is Oceti Sakowin,meaning Seven Council Fires. The original Great Sioux Nation was made up of Seven Council Fires.

The main camp is Oceti Sakowin. This camp is very spiritual and calm. It is important for anyone going there to be prepared to pitch in and help with whatever and whenever things need to be done. Activities such as non-violence training classes are announced over a speaker system.

The Onondaga Nation community is actively supporting the Water Protectors at Standing Rock. If you want to support Standing Rock thru the Onondaga Nation you can send a check to the Syracuse Peace Council at SPC, 2013 E Genesee St, Syracuse, 13210 with Standing Rock in the memo line. SPC will transfer the funds to Onondaga Nation.

The Water Protectors Legal Collective formerly the Red Owl Collective is the main organization handling legal issues for demonstrators. You can donate on line to the legal fund or mail a check to Water Protectors Legal Collective, PO Box 69, 300 Collins Ave., Mandan, North Dakota 58554-9998. They can also be followed on Facebook.

Be cautious when sending donations to Go Fund Me sites. Some are legitimate but others are not.

There is no longer a high priority for clothing. Funding for other necessary supplies is most appreciated.

If you go in person, please be advised that it is VERY important that you be prepared for very harsh, cold, windy weather and equip yourself with the appropriate survival gear to stay warm and take care of yourself. In fact, you need to be prepared to be completely self sufficient (gear, water, cooking gear and fuel, food, trash handling).

This information was shared by Jeanne Shenandoah and her daughter, Wenji Myers, from their personal experience at Standing Rock.

If you can not go to the camp, you can help by informing yourself and others, attending rallies and other events; , calling the White House, Congressional leaders, and the Justice Department about human rights abuses; and challenging local or national media to report on this important event.


Girl Has Perfect Response To Offensive Assignment To ‘Dress Like An Indian’.

This is a very fast moving situation and this is what we are able to share at this point.

Veterans Stand For Standing Rock Wes Clark jr, Michael Wood jr, Tulsi Gabbard and 2,000 other veterans will travel to South Dakota in support of the Sioux nation against the DAPL pipeline. Access their Facebook page for information and links for supporting them.

The water protectors continue to show incredible courage, resolve, principle, and determination. Over 7,000 people are there now and intend to stay. A class action law suit was recently filed against the law enforcement agencies for excessive use of force by the Legal Collective. A coalition of grassroots groups living and working at the encampments issued a statement in response to the Army Corp of engineer letter telling them they would have to leave.

How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. Bill McKibben, founder of, suggests that banks are more susceptible to public pressure than the oil and gas giants,

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe moves to cut ties with pipeline investors.

March for Standing Rock - On November 12 approximately 1,000 people marched from the Onondaga Nation to Clinton Sq, Syracuse, NY a distance of 6 miles. 

Standing with Standing Rock Rally, Oneonta, NY on 11/10, 2016, is 50 min long but really worth the time to watch. (Due to audio failure, some speakers had to be edited out of the video. Sue Donegan was tracked down and interviewed later. She gives a very moving eye witness testimony of her experience at Standing Rock.)

NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collectivehas put together, the links for which can be found in this article

 The Seventh Generation Fund released a short film entitled “Water is Life” in 2012. It features many Indigenous leaders, brothers and sisters, speaking on a central value of water as life.

Lyle Thompson and Albany Coach Marr traveled out to Standing Rock recently with wooden lacrosse sticks to organize a medicine game for the water protectors.

Standing Rock Songs - Water is life by Sara Thomsen, Standing Rock by Trevor Hall (Lyrics written out, great pics and  In concert), Sing Our Own Song by Buffy Saint Marie and Indian Givers by Neil Young.


OUR LAKE survey developed by F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse as an opportunity for citizens to share their voice on how they would like to see Onondaga Lake waters used. F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse (Forging Our Community’s United Strength) is a citizen-driven organization that taps citizen creativity to impact change in Central New York by enabling citizens, organizations, and government to work together to enhance the quality of our lives and our economic future.

Perspectives on Onondaga Lake - Victoria Valentine, a senior art photography major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, is currently working on a year-long project focused on Onondaga Lake, it's role within the context of consumerism and industrialization in more recent history, but also with the understanding, prior to these industries moving in, of how sacred this lake was and is to the Onondaga Nation. She would like to have an opportunity to meet and speak with members of the community in order to gather personal stories and perspectives about the lake. If you can share any information, stories, or experiences you can contact her at .




NOON acknowledges the Onondaga People and Nation, on whose aboriginal territory we reside.




Other Indigenous organizations worthy of you donations:

Indigenous Environmental Network

Honor the Earth

Indian Law Resource Center

Native American Rights Fund 

Seventh Generation Fund


46th Annual Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival, December 3 and 4, Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm at Nottingham High School, 3100 East Genesee St., Syracuse. Central New York’s premier multi-cultural craftsfair, Plowshares includes over 110 area craftspeople and 20 community organizations. The show features ongoing live entertainment and tasty food. Admission is free for under 16 and over 65, all others are asked to make a sliding scale donation of $2-5 (please give what you can – no one is turned away for lack of ability to pay). For further information, contact the Peace Council at 315.472.5478 or  

From the Earth Arts and Crafts Fair, Saturday, December 17, 2016, Onondaga Nation School. Native Artists and Craftsman, Live music.

Ada Jacques Memorial Art Show, ongoing, temporary, Skä noñh Great Law of Peace Center (formally Saint Marie Among the Iroquois), Onondaga Parkway, Syracuse, NY.



NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, December 13, 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.


Oren Lyons spoke at ArtRage here in Syracuse to over 100 people. Donations at the talk raised $645 for the activists at Standing Rock. His remarks can be viewed on YouTube.

Hogansburg Dam Removal The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is restoring the natural flow of the St. Regis River, improving fish habitat, and reclaiming tribal lands.

The Onondaga Nation is involved with
Plantagon technology for Urban industrial Vertical Farming for several years. Learn what it is.
 NOON Videos available to borrow:

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.

Standing on Sacred Ground 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

You can access past NOON E-Newsletters.