September 2016


                           History? No - It's Still happening


Onondaga Lake is only one example of our destroying an important body of water and a significant sacred site for native people. What is happening at Standing Rock Reservation is making national headlines right now. And these are only two examples of the disregard the U.S. has shown for our neighbors and for the Treaties we made with them.

Threatening Water and Destroying the Environment doesn't just effect “Indians”. It jeopardizes all of us. When will we wake up, scream “enough” and put a stop to corporate destruction and greed?

Fortunately the federal government has stepped in this time to halt construction after a judge ruled for the company. We can only hope this sets a precedence for the future. We will undoubtedly need to speak up in support of Standing Rock.

Moments After Judge Denies DAPL Injunction, Federal Agencies Intervene

Obama, Hear Our Cry’: Lakota Women Call on President to Stop Violence

Winona LaDuke on the Dakota Access Pipeline: What Would Sitting Bull Do?” Yes Magazine article.

Onondaga Nation support for Standing Rock

Additional information is available at:

Democracy Now

Judge Fails to Block Dakota Pipeline Construction After Burial Sites Destroyed

Singer Songwriter Jackson Browne Makes Statement Regarding The Dakota Access Pipeline

What can you do?

Support Sacred Stone Camp

Sign a petition.


Raise awareness by bring the issue of how we deal with native nations today (not historically) to family, friends, neighbors, your church and other groups – specifically Standing Rock, right now.



Research Team Probes Health Effects of Onondaga Lakebed Sediment - “The researchers on this project are working to determine the toxic potential of industrial waste products found in the heavily polluted lakebed sediment. Two pollutants possess structural similarities to the pesticide commonly known as DDT-which has been linked to reproductive and developmental toxicity, particularly to the nervous system.” ESF Office of Communications

American Indian Law Alliance Facebook page and Petition

A Better Future For Onondaga Lake Facebook page

Onondaga Shoreline Heritage Restoration Facebook page



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





Healing to the Core: Community Cooking Class, Sat, September 17, 10am – 1pm, Iroquois White Corn Project, 7191 County Road 41, Victor, NY. Iroquois white corn is an heirloom seed that dates back at least 1,400 years and is still central to healthy lives and healthy communities of the Haudenosaunee. Non-GMO, gluten free Iroquois White Corn is high in protein, high in fiber and has a low glycemic index, making it an ideal, healthy food source. Using the Iroquois White Corn products, the Friends of Ganondagan will host 3 cooking classes at the Farmhouse. After helping to prepare a tasty and healthy meal, participants will gather together to eat and learn more about the importance of the white corn to the Haudenosaunee and how it can benefit everyone. Cost: $30 general public/$25 member – must pre-register, limited to 18 participants. Event made possible through the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.

Making a Mohawk Tobacco Bag with Tom Porter (Mohawk), Sept. 24, 9-4pm, Kanatsiohareke, Mohawk Community. 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)


Living History - Exploring Haudenosaunee Arts, Sat, September 24, 10am – 4pm, Ganondagan State Historic Site. Traditional Art Exploration will take place in gallery and in the Bark Longhouse where re-enactors will talk about the functional use of baskets, pottery, weavings, etc. and traditional artists will be demonstrating their work. Outdoors will reinforce the fact that art is still being created today by Haudenosaunee artists, sometimes using the same elements as in the past – natural materials with a contemporary result.

Making a Traditional Wedding Basket w
ith Richard Nolan (Mohawk), 9-5pm, October 8-9, Kanatsiohareke, Mohawk Community. 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)

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.

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.


NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, September 13, 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, or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (3154922684, before the meeting.


You are probably on this list serve because you sign up at one of the events where NOON has a display table. We can always use more people to help. If you have an interest and would like to find out more, please contact Paul at 315-243-4498 or Thanks for considering this request.


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 - In the Altai Republic of Russia and in northern California, indigenous shamans resist massive government projects that threaten nature and culture.
Profit and Loss - From Papua New Guinea to the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, native people fight the loss of land, water and health to mining and oil industries.
Fire and Ice - From the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia to the Andes of Peru, indigenous highland communities battle threats to their forests, farms and faith.
Islands of Sanctuary - Aboriginal Australians and Native Hawaiians reclaim land from the government and the military, and resist the erosion of culture and environment.

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

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


Canandaigua Treaty Day, November 11, Canandaigua, NY

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