Claverack, New York
Environment | Hard news | Local culture
31 July 2013 09:46AM
Christopher Reed

“We are watching a part of history being made.”

“This treaty was made, constructed and written by the indigenous people on this North American continent, so to be here is profound.”

“It’s actually a very inspirational treaty because it talks about how we can live here together…and coexist in peace and friendship. The key to that is respecting each other’s sovereignty and respecting the laws of nature.”

“In 2007, September 13th, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People was passed by the General Assembly of the United Nations. There were four countries that voted against the Declaration out of the whole United Nations. Those four were, of course, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. President Obama finally signed the Declaration. The United States’ opposition to the Declaration was based on the fact that they opposed the issue of self-determination as defined under international law. And so they have consistently maintained a position that the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People is therefore a non-binding aspirational document.”

Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign
by Gwendolen Cates
http://vimeo.com/71100541 (6 min)

Honor Native Treaties to Protect the Earth (1613 – 2013)

An introduction to the campaign and historic canoe journey down the Hudson River from Albany to Manhattan [currently under way]. This short video is the first in a series by Gwendolen Cates for the Onondaga Nation.

The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign is a partnership between the Onondaga Nation and Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) that seeks to achieve justice by polishing the chain of friendship established between the Haudenosaunee and European (Dutch) settlers. Environmental cleanup and preservation are the core components of the campaign. Honor the treaties and protect the earth.

As long as the grass is green, as long as the waters flow downhill, and as long as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West….


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“The boaters came into Catskill Tuesday in two rows — one row of Natives and one of non-Natives — in accordance with the symbolism of the Two Row Wampum, a beaded belt that sealed a treaty between early Dutch settlers and the Haudenosaunee in 1613.”


Posted on InFoH. Photo from Daily Mail.

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