This 400th anniversary campaign, carried out throughout 2013, is finished. The work to honor treaties with Native Nations and protect the Earth continues. Learn more, or join in that work: contact the Onondaga Nation, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Neetopk Keetopk (Hudson Valley), Onondaga Canoe and Kayak Club or Two Row Paddle down the Grand (2015).

Campaign Goals

Our campaign goals are structured to reflect the Two Row Wampum’s three-part vision of peace, friendship, and a sustainable future in parallel forever:

Peace

1)    Increase awareness of the Two Row Wampum Treaty; what was agreed to,  what it meant then and means today, including the legal priority given to treaties in the U.S. Constitution.

2)    Advance understanding of the history of Haudenosaunee relations with European and U.S. governments and peoples, especially as reflected in treaties.

3)    Create understanding of the purposes and intentions of the Onondaga Land Rights Action and related cases.

4)    Increase understanding of wampum belts as a mode of permanently recording events, especially treaty agreements and their obligations and symbolic meanings.

5)    Inform participants and audiences of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and its implications for relations between New York and the Haudenosaunee Nations consistent with the Two Row Wampum Treaty.

6)    Educate about the importance of Indigenous peoples’ efforts to reclaim and protect their sovereignty including self-governance and conflict-resolution, control of land, development of economies that meet people’s needs, health and reproductive services, education and socialization of children and culture.

7)    Build momentum towards fundamental change in the way New York State relates to the Haudenosaunee Nations.

Friendship

8)    Increase recognition and appreciation of the contemporary Haudenosaunee and other Native nations and peoples; their culture, aspirations, worldview and ecological knowledge.

9)    Highlight the powerful influence of Haudenosaunee thought and practices on the foundations of U.S. democracy, advancement of women’s rights and authority, spread of ecological understanding and many others.

10) Create opportunities for people to hear directly from Haudensaunee leaders  and to experience Haudenosaunee languages as appropriate, for example in greetings and thanksgiving.

 

Forever / Ensuring a sustainable future

11) Present Haudenosaunee views on environmental issues including hydrofracking and climate change.

12) Create awareness of the link between environmental destruction and the US’s failure to live up to the promise of the Two Row Wampum Treaty.

13) Support/help facilitate change in the way people relate to and orient themselves toward the environment.  Engender respect for the laws of Nature.

14) Celebrate the Hudson River, the efforts to clean it and heal it and the work remaining to do for the benefit of future generations;

15) Encourage appreciation of and learning from the ways of the river: its currents, it’s populations of water beings; its riverbanks and mountains; the eagles that fly above; its incomparable beauty and power to support and sustain life.

16) Engage people in discussion as to how we can live together and move forward towards a sustainable future in peace and friendship in perpetuity, using the Two Row Wampum as a model.