November 2019 Story of the Land - NOON



Story of the Land – NOON

I have been following three paths side by side for many years. First is the land. For 43 years I have lived in this rural part of what is now upstate NY. I have explored the woods and streams, the coyote and grey fox dens, the cattail marsh and the hemlock ridges by myself and with my children. I have learned to love this land.

Second is the history. The original inhabitants of this land were the Oneida of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. I learned of the genocide, the broken treaties, the boarding schools and more. It touched me deeply and I started co-facilitating workshops on this history and on the Doctrine of Christian Discovery.

Third are the relationships. On the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign in 2013 and then on the Two Row on the Grand in Ontario I met and got to know people from both parts of the two rows. Attending workshops and talks, seeing and talking to the same people again and again helped build relationships.

These paths started to converge when I inherited land from my mother. Land that I loved but did not need. I did not want to sell it because I didn’t know if others would love it as much as I did. I didn’t know what would happen to it. So the land waited.

One day I met an Oneida woman who was working with other Oneida women from territories in New York, Wisconsin and Ontario. They were coming together to get to know one another after being separated for 200 years. And they were dreaming of a piece of land in their original homeland, where their roots had been from time immemorial.

The three paths became one; the love of the land, the history and relationships. I offered them the land.

We talked, we ate together and got to know one another. They worked with a lawyer who knew both tax law and real estate law. They decided that since a land trust expires and a Not-for-Profit does not, creating a religious 501-c3 would be the best plan. This land will be a place for planting foods, growing medicines and holding ceremony. When the papers were all signed we held a celebration with the Oneida women from the three areas, and neighbors of the land. We feasted on traditional food and spoke of what this meant with many tears and laughter; the perfect culmination.

The love of the land, the knowledge of the history and the building of relationships brought this about. The land had waited long enough.

Liseli Haines


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.


Several years ago NOON adopted the custom of opening all of our gatherings with this acknowledgment. Several other groups adopt this practice also. Maybe your organization or group would like to consider doing this.


Spirit of the Harvest Cultural Celebration, November 9, 10 AM- 5 PM. SRC Arena & Events Center, Onondaga Community College,4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215. Haudenosaunee Artist & Crafts Show.

225thAnniversary of the 1794 Canandaigua Treaty, November 11, Canandaigua, NY. The commemoration will take place on on the front lawn of the Ontario County Court House on Main Street. It is a time of Peace and Friendship to commemorate a very important Treaty between the people of the United States of America and the Haudenosaunee people. Details and schedule accessed through link.

Tommy Orange, Gifford Lectures, Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, John H. Mulroy Civic Center, Syracuse, NY. Tony is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans.

Creation & Consequences of Boarding Schools, Jacinta Hartman Garcia, Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM, Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. Jacinta will discuss the creation and consequences of Native American Boarding Schools and Adoption Eras and their social, psychological, legal, and personal consequences. The purpose is to educate people on a subject that few Americans are aware of. Free and open to the public with a sliding scale donation admission charge.

The Haudenosaunee Arts and Craft Fair, (scroll down) Saturday, November 16th from 10am to 4pm, Skä·noñh-Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. Well-known vendors such as Tom Huff, Eli Thomas, Peter Jones and many more, will be selling their art and hand-made products. A variety of mediums will be featured: paintings, pottery, jewelry, baskets, soapstone, silverwork, soapstone sculpture and more. The event will be held inside the facility and is free and open to the public with plenty of free parking. A food vendor featuring traditional Native food with vegetarian options. Entertainment will be provided by Theresa ‘Bear’ Fox who will be singing at 11am and 3pm. Theresa Bear Fox is a Mohawk woman with a beautiful spirit who writes her own songs. Please attend and have an enjoyable day viewing beautiful crafts and art work while meeting our artists.

Educators' Day , The Haudenosaunee: An In-depth Introduction and Refresher Course, Saturday, November 23, 2019, 8:30 am-4 pm, Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan State historical Site, 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road), Victor, NY 14564. The full day includes Life in a Matrilineal Society: The Role of Women, Sustenance: Using the Land, Food and Agriculture, The Confederacy and the Grand Council and From Colonial Times to Today: Contemporary Haudenosaunee Issues.  Fee: $50, includes a ll sessions, materials, free pass to Ganondagan, 10% off at the Ganondagan gift shop, light breakfast and lunch. All details and registration are HERE. Questions? Contact or (585) 742-1690.

Winter Art Market, (scroll down) Saturday, November 23, 11AM-6PM, Sunday, November 24, 12-5 PM, Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center, (Seneca-Iroquois National Museum), 82 W Hetzel St, Salamanca, NY 14779.

NOON's Thanksgiving Circle of Peace, November 28, (Thanksgiving Day), 10 am - 11 am at Willow Bay, Onondaga Lake Park, Syracuse, NY. All are welcome for a brief gathering to appreciate the environment and our friendships working together. Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Onondaga people, and allies will gather to express thanks for the goodness of the Earth and to each other for our ongoing friendship, as we work side-by-side in peace and hope for healing, justice and environmental restoration. Everyone welcome, dress for the weather, light refreshments.

Sullivan Clinton Campaign Panel Discussion, (scroll down) December 7th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. A panel discussion of the Native American experience during, and the consequences of, the Sullivan Clinton Campaign during the American Revolution. Panelists include Robert Venables, PhD (Senior Lecturer for Cornell University’s American Indian Studies Program), Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, PhD (Historian and scholar of Native American & Indigenous Studies), and Andrea Lynn Smith (professor of anthropology at Lafayette College in Easton, PA). Phil Arnold (Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at Syracuse University) will facilitate the discussion. This event is free and open to the public with a sliding scale donation admission charge.

Tonto Revisited, Native American Stereotypes, Ongoing Temporary Exhibit, Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. For generations, the portrayal of Native Americans has been one of the menacing warriors wielding tomahawks, knives and bows and arrows. This imagery was found in posters, advertisements, toys, sports logos and more. On their own, these items can seem harmless, however, when put together, the destructive nature of the imagery is apparent. Tom Huff’s collection of stereotypical “Indian Kitch,” brought together in one exhibit, will help to dispel the myths surrounding Native Americans and encourage a new understanding of Indigenous peoples. Admission: $5+


NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Tuesday, November 19 , 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.


Docent needed - Skä·noñh-Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool, NY is looking for people interested in becoming volunteer docents. Training will be provided. If interested contact Sarah Shute, Director.

Onondaga Nation, Syracuse community members celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Celebrate Indigenous people; we laid the foundation for democracy (Commentary)

Map: Making Indigenous Peoples Day official across the country

Columbus Day will be Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the first time in D.C. this year .

Dakota State student creates computer game to help preserve Lakota language

The Navajo Nation is getting addresses, thanks to an open-source mapping program used in urban India


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.


The Earth and Other Blessings, (scroll down) Tuesday, December 17th, 7 pm, Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088. Readings and Songs from the Book of Blessings and Poems by Jack Manno, Earth Blessing Directed by Danan Tsan.The sliding scale admission allows the center to host more events like this.

Ohiyo' Social Pow Wow. A 3 day long Winter Social Powwow with dance competitions for all ages, December, Ganondagan State historical Site, 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road), Victor, NY 14564.

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