October 2016


                         Indigenous Peoples Day



There are many causes for activists to champion. October presents us with another – turning Columbus Day into Indigenous Peoples Day. It has begun and is succeeding in many locales across America. Will you help spread it to your local area? Will you turn a celebration of colonialism and inaccurate history into an opportunity to learn and spread historical truths about genocide and oppression? Will you raise your voices on October 10th against current injustices? Will you challenge everyone to recognize and admire indigenous resistance and steadfastness in the face of enormous adversity?

Take inspiration from:

Middle school students described their Indigenous Peoples' day effort. After they studied primary sources and learned the real facts about Columbus' voyages and misadventures from his own writing, they succeeded in getting their school board to place change the day on the school calendar.

A teacher of Italian-American descent united with Tuscarora Indian students and got the Niagara Wheatfield School Board to reject Columbus Day and adopt Indigenous Peoples Day

Tompkins County, NY joined a growing list of municipalities and organizations to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day. Located in Tompkins County, Cornell University's student assembly passed a similar resolution previously.

Unitarian Universalists invites members and congregations to join people across the United States in honoring Indigenous Peoples Day with suggested activities.


Denver approves permanent recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Columbus Day when the Denver City Council approves designation 12-0, following lead of Boulder and other cities


Last year the Indigenous Students at Syracuse University, which represents Native American and indigenous undergraduate and graduate students, petitioned the university to make a policy change on campus to recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples' Day. A Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion dated August of 2016 states that the policy has been implemented. Since the campus is on traditional territory the Haudenosaunee flag will be flown wherever the American flag is flown on campus. In addition, “Indigenous Students at Syracuse (ISAS) and the Indigenous Graduate Students (IGS) will plan and sponsor events, work to raise awareness, and create dialogue on campus to continue discussions around indigenous world views, cultures, and histories.”


It's not too early right now to organize and begin working for a change in 2017. Learn the true facts, teach others, select a target and make a plan. Like the students at Stafford Middle school you will undoubtedly need to go back and go back and go back. But if they can persist and achieve their goal, so can you.

Let NOON know about your efforts, struggles and successes.


Standing Rock Testifies Before United Nations



Federal Agencies Seek Input on Infrastructure Decision Making Following DAPL Letter


Some Resolutions and Statements against the Dakota Access Pipeline


Camp of the Sacred Stone on Facebook


The Onondaga Nation has received donations of goods and money from the Syracuse community. They have organized and will organize more activities to raise money. Some Onondaga have traveled to the camp. Their advise is that financial support is most needed at this point and these are the official sites to use for donations.


Sacred Stone Camp


Legal Defense Fund



Concerns grow as people depend on Onondaga fish for food

Signs warning not to eat contaminated fish from Onondaga Lake to be installed





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





Storytelling Sundays 2:00 during the month of October, Iroquois Indian Museum. Join Amanda Tarbell in the historic 1850's cabin for an engaging afternoon of stories for young and old.


Learn About Tattoo Traditions of Turtle Island, Saturday, October 8, 1-4 pm, Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan. Admission is $8/ general; $5/Friends of Ganondagan members. Lars Krutak, tattoo anthropologist and author of "Tattoo Traditions of Native North America" and Ganondagan Curator Michael Galban will share what is currently know about this rediscovered custom among the Northeastern Woodland people, and what its future might be.



Re-Thinking Columbus Day, October 10, 2016— 7a.m. – 4p.m., Sunrise Ceremony: 7 a.m., Wards Field, Randall’s Island, New York City. Music, Song, Spoken Word, Artists & Guest Speaker. Free Event. Bring Lawnchairs.Sunday Evening Campout with Music & Song, Tents Welcome. All visitors welcome. A consortium of 8 Indigenous Organizations in New York City will unify to bring awareness of Indigenous Peoples day, traditionally celebrated as Columbus Day. The American Indian Community House, Redhawk Native American Arts Council, United Federation of Taino People, Kechiwa Nation, Naoiwi, East Coast Two Spirit Society and Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective. These organizations hope help New York City follow in the footsteps of , Multnomah County, Oregon, St. Paul, Minnesota; Olympia, Washington; Traverse City, Michigan, Albuquerque and Sandoval County, New Mexico who have all replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. These Cities and the Indigenous populations of United States are banding together to call on Americans to re-thinking who and what Columbus Day symbolizes to Indigenous people of the Americas.



Ada Jacques Memorial Art Show, opening reception, Friday, October 14th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Skä noñh Great Law of Peace Center (formally Saint Marie Among the Iroquois), refreshments. Runs through March.


Demonstrations and works in progress with gifted antler and bone carvers Hayden Haynes (Seneca from Allegany) and Trevor Brant (Mohawk from Tyendinaga Territory). October 15 & 16, Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY.



The Good Mind at Syracuse International Film Festival, Saturday, October 22nd 2016, 12 pm -2:30 pm, Palace Theater 2384 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13206. Oren Lyons and others from the Onondaga Nation will participate in a post screening discussion.






 NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, October 11, 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, carol@peacecouncil.net) or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (3154922684, rsue@twcny.rr.com) before the meeting.





In Niagara-on-the-Lake, native flag born in Buffalo raised as sign of peace


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 carol@peacecouncil.net


Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center Videos can be accessed on line.




 Canandaigua Treaty Day, November 11, Canandaigua, NY


Haudenosaunee Artist & Crafts Show, November 19, Craft Show, 10-5, Food & Entertainment, 12-5, SRC Arena & Event Center, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY.



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