June 2016



Onondaga Lake / UN Forum on Indigenous Issues

Leaders of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy met privately with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to discuss self-determination, sovereignty, environmental concerns, and Indigenous Nations’ role at the United Nations.

The Haudenosaunee are taking their fight to restore Onondaga Lake –and by extension all Indigenous lands and waters contaminated and polluted by UN Member States – to the United Nations, calling on the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to raise their voices in support of restoring Mother Earth.

The seven-member Haudenosaunee delegation, led by Tadodaho (Chief) Sidney Hill of the Onondaga Nation, presented the Secretary General with an engraved plaque featuring the Tree of Peace and the flag of the Confederacy, which is comprised of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora Nations, as well as a painting of the Tree of Peace by Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons.

“We are honored to be received by the Secretary General in the hopes that we can continue to further diplomatic relations within the UN system and among UN agencies,” said Tadodaho Hill.

From the American Indian Law Alliance face book page


Betty Lyons, the Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance, read an intervention on behalf of water at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Destroying the natural world for short term economic interests puts our survival at risk. She called for all of humanity to work on behalf of the natural world. Decisions must be made to protect clean water. Onondaga Lake is, of course, a prime example of the need for clear thinking by world leaders.

The American Indian Law Alliance's recommendations include:

  1. We recommend that a study on sacred waters be conducted by Permanent Forum Members Dalee Sambo Dorough and Grand Chief Ed John on the effects of the man-made devastation of our fresh waters has had on our relationship as Indigenous peoples with these sacred sites and its catastrophic effects on the health, emotional, physical and spiritual well being of our women, communities, Nations and our youth.

  2. We recommend all member states take action to implement and enforce the UNDRIP and assist in the cleanup of all sacred waters. All of humanity will stand to gain from it and could be used as a model of best practice within the UN fora and the world stage.

  3. We affirm that member states, extractive industries, international industries, corporations and business enterprises, operating or seeking to operate in Indigenous territories, have the full free prior and informed consent of the particular Indigenous Nation and other provisions as provided for under UNDRIP Articles 8, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, and 37.



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



Making a Plains Courting Flute, June 11-12, 10-4pm, with Eric P. Marczak, Kanatsiohareke, Mohawk Community at 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY. Make and take home a 21-inch Plains-style G Minor flute while learning about the history of these flutes. $150 tuition includes two lunches, one breakfast, materials and instruction. RSVP by June 4. (Max: 6 students)

Annual Kanatsiohareke Strawberry Festival, June 25 -26, 2016, 10 am - 6:00 pm at the Mohawk Community at 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY. For more details and directions.

If you would like to be a volunteer for part of Saturday or Sunday or both, please don't hesitate to let us know by emailing Donna at mourningdve60@yahoo.com She can give you details and choices as to how you can help out. There's lots to do before the festival, during and after. There are also lots of opportunities to make new friends, renew old relationships and have fun at the same time. Wow! What a great opportunity!I

Iroquois Museum, 35th Anniversary Celebration!, Saturday, July9 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY. Iroquois Dancerswill perform traditional Iroquois social dances, and may invite the public out onto the dance floor to participate. Local Musicians will perform: Larry Mazza on guitarin the afternoon, and Bernd Neumann, Tom White and Dave Paton will play on fiddles and concertina in the evening. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will discuss wildlife conservation in our bioregion and present a variety of native animals including birds of prey. Local vendors including Green Wolf Brewery of Middleburgh, and Maple Hill Farm of Cobleskill will have goods available for sample and sale. Delicious barbecue will be available for purchase from Rubbin’ Butts of Cobleskill. Children can participate in an art show, make cornhusk dolls and hear a story by Amanda Tarbell. Try your luck in a raffle featuring art pieces by Stan Hill, Sr. and Tammy Tarbell and join in the Silent Auction featuring 2 roundtrip airline tickets courtesy of Jetblue. At the party’s end help us to release lanterns into the night sky. Admission is Free! This event is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and friends and members of the Iroquois Indian Museum.



NOON Steering Committee Meeting, June 14, 7-8:30 pm, Skanoah, Great Law of Peace Center, open meeting. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend talking with Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff (3154725478,  carol@peacecouncil.net) or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (3154922684,  rsue@twcny.rr.com) before the meeting.


The Ecology and History of Onondaga Lake: A Professional Development Workshop for teachers at middle schools, high schools, and colleges in or near the Onondaga Lake watershed will explore Haudenosaunee and scientific perspectives. August 2, 2016, 9 am – 4 pm, Skä-noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. Final application deadline is July 15, but we will begin selecting participants as of June 15, so please apply early.


Oren Lyon, Faithkeeper, Onondaga was among the dignitagies asked to eulogize Mohamid Ali. Article

Church considering request to rescind doctrine of discovery.

“A senior Roman Catholic Church official is considering a request from Indigenous leaders to rescind the 15th century church decrees that formed the legal basis for colonialism.

Kahnawake Mohawk Kenneth Deer, a representative of the Haudenosaunee External Relations Committee, which represents the Iroquois Confederacy Council on international matters, was part of a delegation – that called itself the Long March to Rome — that attended the May 4 meeting with senior members of the Catholic Church."


Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community is raising money to build a new outdoor pavilion! For decades they have been struggling with deteriorating infrastructure. They want to begin rebuilding spaces where they can hold cultural and educational workshops, talks, teachings and fundraisers! You can donate now online. You can also help by sharing this post far and wide. Other ways you can help the community include checking out its workshops, educational talks, and upcoming Strawberry Festival. More information on these workshops can be found here, or by contacting Kay Olan at ionataiewas14@hotmail.com or at 518-584-9270.

The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code film 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 is available to borrow from the Syracuse Peace Council. If you have a group of friends or an organization and would like to show this film, please contact Carol Baum at 3154725478 or  carol@peacecouncil.net

RED HAWK POW WOWS For information on up coming events.



Making Center-Seam Deer Skin Moccasins With Jamie Jacobs (Seneca), July 17, 9-3pm, Kanatsiohareke, Mohawk Community at 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY.. Make and take home a pair of old-style, center seam, deer skin moccasins. $100 tuition includes lunch, materials and instruction. RSVP by June 30. (Max: 15 students)

Haudenosaunee Culture: Sharing the River of Life, Lacrosse Stick-maker and Former Coach Alfred Jaques, Onondaga, Turtle Clan, Saturday, August 18, 2016, 2-3 PM AND Dan Hill, Paddler and Flute-maker, Musician, Member of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force, Caretaker of the S.H.A.R.E, Farm, Cayuga Nation, Heron Clan, Sunday, August 14, 2-3 PM at the Waterman Conservation Center. 403 Hilton Road, Apalachin, NY 13732. For information on the center and directions watermancenter.org

Making a Mohawk Tobacco Bag with Tom Porter (Mohawk), Sept. 24, 9-4pm, Kanatsiohareke, Mohawk Community at 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY. Make and take home a traditional Mohawk-style deerskin tobacco bag while learning about related traditions. $100 tuition includes lunch, materials and traditional teachings. RSVP by September 17. (Max: 15 students)


Making a Traditional Wedding Basket with Richard Nolan (Mohawk), 9-5pm, October 8-9, Kanatsiohareke, Mohawk Community at 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY.: Make and take home a traditional Mohawk Wedding Basket (8” x 5.25” x 6”), which can be used for a variety of purposes. $175 tuition includes two lunches, one breakfast, materials and instruction. RSVP by October 1. (Max: 16 students)

* NOON decided recently that whenever we meet or gather to acknowledge that we are on the ancestral land of the Onondaga Nation. We recommended to the Syracuse Peace Council, of which NOON is a committee, that they and other committees follow our example. We are happy to report that they agreed and that acknowledgment is happening. We would encourage you to do the same for the indigenous nation upon whose land you are gathered.


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