Onondaga Land Rights & Our Common Future
by Andy Mager

From spirituality to "Indian" law, from sovereignty to healing the earth, from visionary women to participatory dancing-Central New Yorkers will have an unprecedented learning opportunity this coming year.

The Onondaga Nation and their Land Rights Action will be the focus of a year-long series of educational programs starting on February 27. "Onondaga Land Rights and Our Common Future" features a series of programs-approximately every month-at Syracuse Stage (820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse). Presenters will include Onondagas and other Haudenosaunee people, scholars and activists.

Initiated by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON), the series is a major collaboration, involving over 20 departments and organizations at Syracuse University and SUNY ESF, the Inter-Religious Council of CNY, First UU Social Justice Committee, the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and the Syracuse Cultural Workers.

The series hopes to draw significant attendance from wide sectors of the Syracuse community. The programs are designed to educate Central New Yorkers about the Onondaga Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the background to their claims for land and the specifics of the Onondaga Land Rights Action.

"We're thrilled by the breadth of the program, the speakers we'll be bringing and the visibility for the issues which we hope to flow from the events," notes SU Women's Studies Director Linda Alcoff, one of the organizers.

The free programs begin at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a reception with refreshments. The full schedule follows and is available at www.peacecouncil.net/noon. PNL subscribers can share this information by posting the enclosed flier in a public spot.

For more information, or to help, contact Andy at the Peace Council office.

Andy, an SPC staffer, hopes this series helps change the social, economic, political and natural landscape of Central New York.

All events start at 7 pm at Syracuse Stage (unless otherwise noted)

Monday, February 27, 2006
The Nation in Our Midst: Onondaga History, Culture and Spirituality
Speakers: Sid Hill, Audrey Shenandoah and others

Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Visionary Women: The Haudenosaunee and the US Women's Rights Movement
Speakers: Jeanne Shenandoah and Sally Roesch Wagner

Tuesday, April 11, 2006
The Onondaga Nation Encounters European Settlers
Speaker: Robert W. Venables

Tuesday, April 18, 2006
"Discovering" the US: Haudenosaunee Influences on US Culture and Democracy
Speaker: John Mohawk

Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Onondaga Land Rights: All Central New Yorkers Can Benefit
Speakers: Bea Gonzalez, Wendy Gonyea and Andy Mager

Tuesday, July 11, 2006
The Onondaga Nation and the US Courts
Speakers: Joe Heath and others

Monday, September 11, 2006
Racism, Native American Human Rights and the UN
Speaker: Oren Lyons

Monday, October 16, 2006
Environmental Stewardship: Restoring the Land & Waters of the Historic Onondaga Nation Territory
Speakers: TBA

Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Day long Teach-In at ESF on Environmental Issues
Speakers: Phil Arnold, Steven Brechin, Emmanuel Carter, Freida Jacques, Robin Kimmerer, Jack Manno, Ed Michalenko, Sharon Moran and others

Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Environmental Stewardship: Finding Common Ground Between Traditional Environmental Knowledge and "Modern" Environmental Science
Speaker: Winona LaDuke

Monday, November 27, 2006
Why Native American Sovereignty Makes Sense for All of Us
Speakers: Tonya Gonella Frichner, Richard Loder and Scott Lyons

Wednesday, December 6, 2006
GRAND FINALE: Come Sing and Dance with the Haudenosaunee Singers & Dancers
Women's Building Gym, Comstock Ave.