June, 2021 Kamloops BC



Kamloops BC

We are all grieving the loss of countless children who were forcefully taken to residential schools and who did not survive. The 215 children at Kamloops is such a heartbreaking reminder of what our native neighbors' elders and ancestors had to endure.

At the Onondaga Nation they tied ribbons on a fence along Interstate 81 south and burned tobacco for their community and for the 215 children who were recently discovered in Kamloops BC.


NOON acknowledges that we are on the territory of the Onondaga Nation, council fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

We are thankful for their stewardship of our environment.







Creator's Garden Tour, Saturday, June 12th 10 AM- 10:30 AM. Join Sr. Interpretive Guide, Tonia Loran Galban (Mohawk) for a tour of Ganondagan’s Creator’s Garden. During this relaxing stroll Tonia will share her vast plant knowledge, while teaching some of their Seneca names. During your visit be sure to visit our Seneca Bark Longhouse, Exhibit Gallery and the Ganondagan Gift Shop! Cost – FREE with GSHS Admission, includes Seneca Bark Longhouse, Seneca Art & Culture Center, and Creation Story Film. To register email - tonia.galban@parks.ny.gov , by June 10th, Limited to 20 people. Meet at the Seneca Art & Culture Center Admission Desk at 9:50 AM. Weather dependent – Sorry no rain date

Ganondagan’s Earth Altar Project promotes peace while building bridges between diverse communities and individuals in the Greater Rochester area. Featuring 6 Earth Altars created by Haudenosaunee artists and naturalists throughout Ganondagan State Historic Site and at partner locations around Rochester. Beginning June 26th at Ganondagan, the Town of Peace, and locations in and around Rochester.

Earth is Our Mother Guided Trail Walk , Saturday, June 19th 10 AM-11:30 AM. Join Sr. Interpretive Guide, Tonia Loran Galban (Mohawk) for a guided tour of Ganondagan’s Earth is Our Mother trail as she shares her knowledge about the edible, medicinal and utilitarian uses of the plants at Ganondagan. Wear comfortable hiking shoes for this two-mile guided walk up and down and up hills. During your visit be sure to visit our Seneca Bark Longhouse, Exhibit Gallery and the Ganondagan Gift Shop! Cost – FREE with GSHS Admission, includes Seneca Bark Longhouse, Seneca Art & Culture Center, and Creation Story Film. To register email - tonia.galban@parks.ny.gov, by June 17th. Limited to 20 people. Meet at the Seneca Art & Culture Center Admission Desk at 9:50 AM, Weather dependent – Sorry no rain date.

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The Iroquois Indian Museum Visitors will need to ring the bell to gain entrance and wear a mask and practice social distancing while inside the building. The Museum has planned a full schedule of mainly outdoor events each weekend in July and August, with additional programming in the fall.

Seneca Bark Longhouse - Open for the Season, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM at Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY 14564.

Virtual Strawberry Festival (Hosted on face book page), Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, June 25-26. Music, dancing, story telling, teachings. Vendor Market, June 14th-26th. Silent Auction, June 21st-26th. Performances, June 26th.

Greetings from Onchiota! We’re very happy announce that it looks like we’ll be opening up for our 67th year of existence this summer. Our opening day will be the usual date of July 1st. We still need to finalize all of our our requirements regarding the COVID-19 guidelines, but it’ll be similar to other places visited by the general public. We’re very excited to welcome everyone back !!! (On Facebook)



NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Next meeting June 15 th, 7-8:30 PM. For the foreseeable future meetings will be virtual. Since new people often have a lot of questions and you will need contact info for the virtual meeting, we recommend contacting Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff, or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer, before the meeting.



To aid you in managing your reading time, articles are arranged by topic and coded for length (S – short, M – Medium, L – Long) with a designation for Video and/or Audio.



Onondaga Nation’s eco-friendly firehouse produces all of its own energy – M

They Sustain Us: Food Sovereignty on the Onondaga Nation – L, 1 ½ hr V on You Tube

Canoeists embark on long-distance trip - S

Cornell shares land acknowledgement - S


Pipeline protesters seize Minnesota construction site in bid to stop $4 billion project - L

Dozens of oil-pipeline protesters arrested in Minnesota - M

Wondrous, fascinating and tasty: Brood X cicadas are ready for their closeup - and a wok - M

Papscanee Island Nature Preserve Returned to the Stockbridge-Munsee Community – L

Ancient Indigenous forest gardens still yield bounty 150 years later: study - M

US Government

Biden Administration Makes It Easier For Tribes To Reacquire Lands – S

The Interior Department Is Finally Getting Serious About Missing, Murdered Native AmericansM, A

Native Culture

Opinion: I am getting sick of writing these pieces to respond to people like Rick Santorum - M

MMIW Billboards are going up statewide - M

The Perfect Native American Memorial Day - M

Native American tribe buys island it lost 160 years ago - M

Cherokee speakers, leaders break ground at site of future language center – L, V

NATIVE AMERICA CALLING - National Electronic Talking Circle – 50 min audio

Santo Domingo Pueblo powers through crisis by turning to its people - M

Residence School/Missing Children

Remains of 215 children found at former indigenous school site in Canada – M, V

'To not let them be forgotten': Vancouver memorial created after 215 children's remains found in Kamloops – S, V's

Canada: Bodies at residential school not isolated incident – L

How Thousands of Indigenous Children Vanished in Canada – L

UN seeks full probe into deaths of Indigenous students at residential schools in Canada – M, V

Teachers in B.C. to wear orange, hold special ceremonies over discovery of children's remains - M

B.C. Sikh motorcycle club stand in solidarity with Indigenous community – M

'We're going to survive this': 100s take to Yellowknife streets to honour children found in Kamloops - L

Truck convoy makes way to Kamloops in honour of 215 children – S, V

Archaeologist begins new probe of grounds at former N.S. residential school – S

US Army to return remains of 10 Native American children to families - L


The Olympic Star Who Just Wanted to Go Home

Deyhahsanoondey Lyle Thompson is considered by many to be the best lacrosse player in the world. – S, 4 min Fb V

Arts and literature

Open Letter to Cons From the Indians No Longer in the Background of a John Wayne Movie – M

Cree puppeteers from Pukatawagan on mission of laughter and language – L

Bighetty Puppet Show – You Tube Video 22 min.

A New Sitcom Tells “the Greatest Story Never Told” - M

8 classic books by Indigenous writers that deserve another look – M


Because the Syracuse Peace Council office is closed during the pandemic, contact carol@peacecouncil.net so we can arrange to get them to you.

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.

In addition NOON has organized dozens of educational programs over the past 20 years which are available on line at SPC's You Tube Channel. Fifteen years ago we coordinated the historic series Onondaga Land Rights and Our Common Future. Check out the videos here.

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


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