February 2019 NOON




From time to time someone will say, I think I'm a member of Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) but I'm not sure. If you have wondered the same thing, here's the answer. NOON does not have a membership but if you are getting this newsletter, you signed up for our list serve.

NOON started some 20 yrs ago when residents of Central New York wanted to support the Onondaga Nation in some way. Discussion led to the understanding that we needed to work in our own community and the decision to do that was through education. NOON has always been a campaign of the Syracuse Peace Council (SPC) and thus has an established structural base and some resources. While we work in close relationship and consultation as needed with the Onondaga Nation, we each steer our efforts in our own culture and community.

NOON is led by a Steering Committee of volunteers, which directs our efforts. Some members have been on the Steering Committee since NOON's beginning and others for a few years and others for a few months. Anyone is welcome to attend our meeting (see notice below) and join our discussion, offer suggestions and participate in NOON's activities. We have a Face Book page and are on the SPC web page. There are events/activities that occur once or twice and there are ongoing activities. Anyone is welcome to join us in whatever way is best for you. Perhaps this article will inspire you to become active with NOON.

Our longest in duration activity is our educational materials display which we take to gatherings throughout CNY. This is probably where you signed up for our list serve. There are free pamphlets, which we have developed over the years, as well as, item we sell such as bumper stickers, buttons and books. One very popular item is the Neighbor to Neighbor Booklet, which members of the Steering Committee compiled with members of the Nation. You could volunteer to staff our table for a couple of hours once or twice a year. Contact Paul

A more recent project is the Witness to Injustice, Unraveling Historic Native & U.S. Relations , an inter-active group exercise, described below. You could attend a presentation or schedule one at your organization, church, work place, school. Contact Cindy.

This newsletter's objective is to share information about Indigenous events that are happening around NYS, provide links to interesting articles, make you aware of concerns and/or progress in the lives of our Indigenous relations and let you know about NOON. Readers are welcome to share information they come across. Send to Sue.

The Steering Committee has made a commitment to getting Indigenous Peoples' Day recognized by the Syracuse City Council and the Onondaga County Legislature. We supported a successful effort by local high school students to add it to the city school calendar by attending school board meetings and an open community forum. You Could help by join our planning efforts, attending a meeting of a relevant governmental group, contact your representative or sharing contacts you may have. You Could organize an effort to add it to your local school calendar. Contact Carol.

Our Thanksgiving Circle of Peace is held every year. You Could join us Thanksgiving morning at Cedar Bay in Onondaga Lake Park.

Our list serve of 3044 subscribers is used primarily to distribute this newsletter. We also have a local list to share local events activities. Thank you for subscribing.

Our one time events might be joining the Nation to supporting them at a court hearing in Albany, displaying a banner to point out that Indigenous people were here before Columbus, attending Legislative meetings to raise our concerns about the lake clean up, presenting to a group with someone from Onondaga about the Nation, supporting the Two Row Wampum project or marching with residents from the Nation in support of Standing Rock.

Although we do not have general meeting you can follow our efforts to education on behalf of Indigenous Peoples and specifically the Onondaga. And we welcome you participation locally in any way that works for you.



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.



KOKOM LENA of the First Nation Algonquin. The Photographs of Michael Greenlar, February 3-August 31, Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. For 20 years, Syracuse photographer Michael Greenlar documented four generations of Algonquins in the bush of Quebec, Canada. His work focuses on the matriarch, Lena Nottaway, and the knowledge she passed on through her 15 children. Lena taught Kokomville how to utilize every element of the environment to become a self-sustaining community. The series of photographs is a testament to the cultural survival of the Algonquin people of Barrier Lake, La Vérendrye Park, Quebec, Canada. Despite broken treaties and clear-cut logging, these First Nation people continue to use the land as their traditions dictate. The exhibition is in partnership with Art Rage Gallery.

Witness to Injustice: Unraveling US and Indigenous History, February 13, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm., Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. To reserve a spot call (315) 453-6767 or email Nicole Abrams

Native American February Fun Week, Tuesday-Saturday, February 19-22, 10 am - 4 pm, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY. Children and families alike can experience Native American culture while engaging in storytelling, Iroquois Social Dancing, Native American games, make-and-take traditional art activities, and more! FREE with Museum Admission, FREE for Members!

Native American Winter Games, February 23, 2019, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY

Seneca Art & Cultural Center will reopen February 18, 2019, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY


NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Tuesday, February 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 contacting Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff, or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer, before the meeting.


Bald Eagles on Onondaga Lake are easy to see. There have been several articles and a news item.

Indigenous Corn Keepers

Video on Onondaga Lake clean up (?).

Historic cultural agreement on Cape Cod allowing Native Americans to conduct their cultural practices on ancient native lands.

An Irish town built memorial to thank Native Americans who helped during Famine

There There by Tommy Orange, book about Native American urban youth

The State by Tommy Orange in The New Yorker.

2018 Polaris Music Prize awarded to Jeremy Dutcher for his album album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, based on 110-year-old wax cylinder recordings of his ancestors' songs.

Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY, has a small but active group of volunteers. They want to expand their numbers. If you are interested, please email the Museum.


WITNESS TO INJUSTICE: UNRAVELING HISTORIC NATIVE & U.S. RELATIONS. This inter-active group exercise is a 2 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, contact Cindy Squillace

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 via email or phone 315-472-5478

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 via email or phone 315-472-5478.


You can access past NOON E-Newsletters.