Two Row Wampum Teach In at Brooklyn Friends

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 20, 2014
For More Information
Andy Mager, Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign
315-701-1592 (office), 315-559-7058 (cell)

Brooklyn Teach In to Focus on Treaties and Protecting the Earth

As part of continued efforts to educate the general public, the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign invites the public to “Sharing the River of Life: A Teach In” on April 25-26 at the Brooklyn Friends School, 375 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY. The gathering builds on over two years of work, including last summer’s paddling journey from Albany to New York City and over 60 educational presentations across New York State and beyond.

The Teach In, which runs from 6-9:30 pm on Friday, April 25 and from 9 am – 6 pm on Saturday, April 26, will feature presentations, participatory Haudenosaunee Social Dancing, workshops and film. Featured presenters include Onondaga Nation Clanmother and educator Freida Jacques, Mohawk elder and teacher Tom Porter, Ramapough Chief Dwaine Perry, Algonquin scholar Evan Pritchard, Taino artist, writer and advocate Roberto Múkaro Borrero and the Hudson Valley musical group Spirit of Thunderheart.

“The Two Row Campaign seeks to build on the work we have done, creating additional opportunities to share indigenous knowledge and build a strong base of support in the non-Native community to uphold the treaties our government has made with Native Nations. Honoring the treaties also means taking care of the Earth on which we all depend,” notes Two Row Campaign Coordinator Andy Mager.

Friday night’s activities are free. A $25 donation is requested for Saturday, though no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Lunch and refreshments are included. The full schedule and registration information is available online at: honorthetworow.org/teach-in.

The Teach In is co-sponsored by Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn Friends Meeting and NYC Free Peltier, with additional support from American Indian Law Alliance, Judson Memorial Church, Neetopk Keetopk: Sharing the River of Life

For more information, see honorthetworow.org/teach-in or call 315-701-1592.

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Honoring American Indian Activist Russell Means

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Pearl Means, Christian Camargo and Ed Vassello
cordially invite you to an honoring of American Indian Activist
Russell Means
An evening of world music and a special screening
Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Classic Stage Company
136 East 13th Street
New York, New York

www.russellmeanslegacy.com

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Campaign to Free Lakota Children

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CRUZ, CALIFORNIA — The Lakota People’s Law Project is launching the “Campaign to Free Lakota Children,” with a national petition (click to sign it here), call President Obama to authorize the grants needed to start tribal foster care programs, and put us within sight of bringing our children home.

Message from Chase Iron Eyes:

There is an epidemic of hundreds of state kidnappings of Native children by South Dakota’s Department of Social Services. Lakota kids are ten times more likely as non-Native kids to be forcibly removed from their homes and placed in the foster care system.  The State receives up to $79,000 per Lakota foster child annually from the federal government.

The Lakota People’s Law Project has recently released a new 12-minute video ‘Hearts on the Ground”, documenting the heart breaking reality of the South Dakota DSS illegally denying Lakota grandmothers custody of their own grandchildren.  Please watch and share this video.  

As part of our new Campaign to Free the Lakota Children, we would also appreciate the the help of those supporters who use Twitter to recommend the ‘Hearts on the Ground” video  to the popular website Upwothy, with your suggestion to  @Upworthy.

We have the solution:  Foster care programs run by Lakota tribes, not the culturally biased and money-motivated DSS of South Dakota.

Please sign the petition–and help spread the word.  Together we can change history.

Wopila  (Many Thanks), 

Chase Iron Eyes 

South Dakota Legal Counsel

Lakota People’s Law Project

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Coatlicue Theatre Company presents HTOB HABILET

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HTOB HABILETIK
An evening of archival video and talk,
looking back at twenty years of Maya Zapatista struggle
and on its significance from Indigenous and
international perspectives.
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
$10 suggested donation
American Indian Community House
124 West 29th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
4th Floor
New York, New York
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Una noche con charla y video archival, mirando tras veinte años de la lucha Maya
Zapatista y en su significado del punto de vista indigena e internacional

Viernes, Enero 31, 2014
700 pm     $10 donativo sugerido

American Indian Community House
134 Oeste de calle 29
(entre aves 6ta and 7ma) 4to piso
Manhattan

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EPA Ruling on Wind River Reservation

src.adapt.960.high.1389398261630_7From The Stream at Al Jazeera:

EPA ruling sets up battle over Indian country boundaries in Wyoming

Wind River Reservation photo by Karl Gehring/Denver Post/Getty Images

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead:
“My deep concern is about an administrative agency of the federal government altering a state’s boundary and going against over 100 years of history and law. This should be a concern to all citizens because, if the EPA can unilaterally take land away from a state, where will it stop?”
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History did not begin 100 years ago.
Native peoples of Turtle Island have been asking,
“Where will it stop?” for over five centuries.

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In Memory of Carter Camp

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In Memory of Carter Camp
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Photo by Richard Erdoes
from the book
Ojibwa Warrior, Dennis Banks and the Rise of the American Indian Movement

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Escuelita Zapatista and Tar Sands Resistance

freedom_geo_calendar.psdFREEDOM  IN  OUR  CALENDARS  AND GEOGRAPHIES

ESCUELITA ZAPATISTA AND TAR SANDS RESISTANCE – REFLECTIONS FROM A SUMMER OF BUILDING AUTONOMY AND SOVEREIGNTY
Saturday, 12/21/13, 6p-8p @ Project Reach, 39 Eldridge between Canal & Hester in Chinatown
with La Unión, Native Resistance Network
All welcome, please invite all! $5-$35+ No one turned away for lack of funds
For childcare & interpretation, please email to info[at]nativeresistancenetwork.org

This summer, at the invitation of the autonomous zapatista caracoles lands in rebellion, a group of Sunset Parkers traveled to Chiapas, Mexico to join 1000+ students from around the world to participate in the zapatista’s first Escuelita Zapatista, La Libertad Según Los y Las Zapatistas (The Little Zapatista SchoolFreedom According to the Zapatistas). The escuelita was a profound experience and opportunity to learn about how the zapatistas have built, incorporated and imagined their autonomy into daily life and their Good Government. In this reflection, we will share our own journey, fotos, stories, art, short video clips, sound, as well as our experiences with the zapatistas to explore possibilities for autonomy in our own ‘calendars and geographies’ here.

Additionally, we will present on the resistance to tar sands development by indigenous and settler activists across Canada. This talk will focus on tar sands resistance and its expression of Indigenous sovereignty through land defense, blockading, and healing walks. Turtle, an NYC/NJ area activist and student, has spent the past two summers living in Alberta, participating in a growing anti-tar sands movement. This past summer, they travelled to the autonomous Unist’ot’en Action Camp in British Columbia ((http//unistotencamp.com/); to Fort McMurray, for grassroots healing walks (http//www.healingwalk.org/); and canoed down the Athabasca River to the small First Nations community of Fort Chipewyan. The latter which is a community heavily impacted by upstream tar sands mining. Turtle will share videos, photos, and memories of time spent and friendships made, learning about the various forms of resistance to tar sands development.

ESCUELITA ZAPATISTA Y TAR SANDS RESISTANCIAREFLEXIONES SOBRE CONSTRUIR AUTONOMIA Y SOBERANIA
Este verano, por invitación de los caracoles autónomos zapatistas, un grupo de vecinos de Sunset Park viajamos a Chiapas y participamos en la 1a Escuelita Zapatita, La Libertad según los y las zapatistas. Ven a compartir lo profundo de esta experiencia y a explorar con nosotr@s las posibilidades para crecer en autonomía en nuestros propios calendarios y geografías. Traemos fotos, videos, audios, historias y nuestras experiencias vividas. Trae las tuyas!

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Uptown location coming soon hopefully!
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NEW HORIZONS FOR THE OLD LEFT – WHAT THE ZAPATISTAS TEACH CHILDREN OF LEFTIES
Sunday, 12/29/13, 1p-4p @ The Commons
388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
Donations will be asked
For childcare & interpretation, please contactour.autonomies<at>gmail<dot>com or
(917) 525-3518

Join us, three children of Lefties, in reflecting about our time with the zapatistas this summer at the escuelita. In this workshop, we’ll explore perceptions that the Left and the non-Left have of one another and share strategiesas the non-Left, how do we navigate the Left? And to the Left, how do you not be irrelevant or alienating to others? We draw on a mix of being raised by Maoists and other Leftists, our experiences with the zapatistas, and our experiences organizing and studying. Be prepared to participate and donate funds as you will.

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Wednesday, 1/1/14, Time & Locations TBA
Co-sponsored by Bluestockings
¡Celebrate! 20 years of zapatista uprising. Movies, pictures, escuelita report-back, fun!

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For more info and updates, visit http//bit.ly/ourautonomies

Contact us (our.autonomies<at>gmail<dot>com, 917-525-3518) if you can’t make it and you want us to come to your neighborhood, church, state, crew, city, school–near or far–to share freedom in our calendars and geographies!

Download the flyer in English.

Download the flyer in Spanish.

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#Elsipogtog

woman_feather_Ossie_Michelin_APTN_cIn Rexton, New Brunswick, Mi’kmaq Warrior Society has organized a blockade as part of its ongoing battle against shale gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”.   Their peaceful protest was met with RCMP officers wielding assault weapons.

Uneasy Calm Shrouds Rexton Battle Site

RCMP warns more confrontations loom if reinforcements bolster Mi’kmaq ranks

#Elsipogtog: Machine Guns Against Eagle Feathers: An Interview with Ex-Chief of Elsipogtog

Solidarity protests have sprung up in cities around Turtle Island, including one in New York City at the Canadian Consulate.

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Landing in New York City

Two Row Wampum Symbolic Enactment
HISTORIC JOURNEY TO HONOR NATIVE TREATIES AND PROTECT THE EARTH LANDING IN NEW YORK CITY ON AUGUST 9th

Over 200 Native and Non-Native Peoples
Paddle Down Hudson River Together

August 7, 2013- New York, NY— On Friday, August 9 at 10 am over 100 canoe and kayak paddlers will land at Pier 96 (57th St.) on the Hudson River, completing a 218 mile journey from the Onondaga Nation, located south of Syracuse, NY.  The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign is coming to NYC to honor and renew the 400-year-old first treaty between the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) and the Dutch.  Following a welcome from local dignitaries and Dutch Consul General Rob de Vos at Pier 96, a march will head to the United Nations for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.  Events will occur over the last few days of the journey in Piermont, NY; Yonkers, NY; Inwood Hill Park, Pier 96, the United Nations, and near the World Financial Center in NYC.

—-CONTACT LINDSAY SPEER 315-383-7210 TO ARRANGE PASSAGE ON THE BOAT LAUNCH 5 FOR ON-THE-WATER FOOTAGE—

Near Albany, NY on July 28th Edwards and the fifteen paddlers from the Onondaga Nation were joined by approximately 200 other paddlers from 20 different Native nations, 14 states, Canada, and the Netherlands.  Over 500 Native and Non-Native people have participated over the course of the 13 day trip, traveling down the Hudson River in two rows to bring to life the imagery of coexistence as explained by the Two Row Wampum.  This agreement formed the basis of all diplomacy between the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch, French, English, the United States and Canada, and is still in effect to this day.

“Each line of the wampum belt represents each of our laws, governments, languages, cultures, our ways of life,” Jake Edwards of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs explains. “It is agreed that we will travel together, side by each, on the river of life… linked by peace, friendship, forever.  We will not try to steer each others’ vessels.”

“The Two Row is the oldest and is the grandfather of all subsequent treaties,” said Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Onondaga Nation’s Turtle Clan who has represented the Haudenosaunee in world councils at the United Nations and elsewhere. “The words ‘as long as the sun shines, as long as the waters flow downhill, and as long as the grass grows green’ can be found in many treaties after the 1613 treaty,” Lyons said. “It set a relationship of equity and peace. This campaign is to remind people of the importance of the agreements.”

“This trip together helps to renew the ties of peace and friendship between our peoples,” noted Jeanne Shenandoah of the Onondaga Nation.  “It is an opportunity to learn from one another.”

On August 10th a day-long festival is planned in the outdoor plaza between Brookfield, World Financial Center and the North Cove Marina. The festival is organized by the American Indian Community House and will include many world renowned performers including Comedian Charlie Hill (Oneida, Mohawk, Cree) who will act as Master of Ceremonies. Performances by the Akwesasne Women Singers, Sherri Waterman & The Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers, SilverCloud Singers (intertribal), Josephine Tarrant (Kuna/Rappahannock/Hopi/Ho-Chunk). Speakers include Tadodaho Sid Hill, Chief Oren Lyons, Chief Jake Edwards.

“Americans have largely forgotten the importance of treaties, even though Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution states that treaties are the supreme law of the land,” explains Andy Mager, the Project Coordinator for the campaign and a member of Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation.  “In the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua, George Washington promised protection for Haudenosaunee territories.  Understanding and honoring the Two Row Wampum can improve relations between our peoples and remind us of our responsibilities to the Earth which we all share.  We need this more than ever.”

Protection for the environment is at the heart of this campaign.  The Haudenosaunee work closely with their neighbors to protect the environment, as evidenced by their work to address Superfund sites at Onondaga Lake and along the St. Lawrence River, and the strong stance they have taken against hydrofracking, the extreme energy method of extracting methane gas from shale.  As paddlers passed the Indian Point nuclear facility south of Peekskill, NY they carried signs calling for its closure.  A similar increasingly urgent message of peace and healing for all living beings is being made by Indigenous peoples across North America, including the Dakota Unity Riders from Manitoba, Canada, who have joined the paddlers on horseback at various events.      “An important aspect of this agreement was that we live in the river of life and we all need to take care of it,” Freida Jacques, Clanmother of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation reminds us.  “The environment was a part of this agreement.” As climate change inflicts severe flooding and storms, drought and melting ice caps, the lessons of the Two Row Wampum agreement are particularly timely.

“Our ancestors made this great agreement on our behalf 400 years ago,” notes Hickory Edwards, the lead paddler for the Onondaga Nation.  “Now is the time to think about people living in the next 400 years.”

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August 8:  

10 AM LAUNCH at Piermont Pier

1:30 PM WELCOMING at Kennedy Marina – Deputy Mayor Sue Geary; Chuck Lenit, City Council President; Judith Schwartzstein from Sarah Lawrence College; Yvette Hartsfield, City of Yonkers Parks Commissioner; Tony Moonhawk, Marcey WindintheTrees, Ramapough Lenape;

5:00 PM LANDING at Inwood Hill Park, near La Marina.

6:30 PM Poetry and Spoken Word: Two Rows and More at Inwood Hill Park near La Marina

Welcoming by Shorakapok Earth Keepers and Harlem Samba band Special guest readers include Janet Rogers (Mohawk)*, Daygot Leeyos (Oneida) and Suzan Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee). There will also be an opportunity for open mic time.

August 9:      

6:30 AM LAUNCH from Inwood Hill Park near La Marina

10 AM LANDING at Pier 96 on W. 57th Street. The paddlers will be welcomed by local dignitaries, the Dutch Counsel General Mr. Rob de Vos and a Thanksgiving Address by Tadodaho Sid Hill of the Haudenosaunee.

11:30 AM supporters are welcome to join the paddlers as they walk across Manhattan on W. 59th street to Columbus Circle, down Broadway, across E. 50th street and down E. 2nd street to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.  The permitted march is a display of solidarity with the rights of indigenous peoples all over the world and the responsibility of all peoples to the environment.  At Dag Hammarskjold Plaza the walkers will be greeted by the Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Mr. Paul Kanyinke Sena.

3:00 – 6:00 PM Special event in commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples at UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2 (a Two Row campaign delegation of approximately 100 people will be in attendance). The event will be webcast live at webtv.un.org.  Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper to the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, will speak.

August 10:  

12:00 -5:00 PM NYC Two Row Wampum Festival.  Brookfield Place/World Financial Center, 200 Vesey St., NYC.  Performances by the Akwesasne Women Singers, Sherri Waterman & The Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers, SilverCloud Singers (intertribal), Josephine Tarrant (Kuna/Rappahannock/Hopi/Ho-Chunk). Speakers include Tadodaho Sid Hill, Chief Oren Lyons, Chief Jake Edwards.

Honor Native Treaties & Protect the Earth 

Support the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

www.honorthetworow.org

Lindsay Speer

Community Organizer 

512 Jamesville Ave | Syracuse, NY 13210

315-475-2559 phone | 315-475-2465 fax

lspeer@mrss.com
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Photo courtesy of Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

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