Governments support the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign: Albany, Croton, Ithaca, Onondaga County and Syracuse…
Support continues to grow for the Two Row Campaign, with formal government resolutions having been passed by five local governing bodies with more in the works.
Here is the list as of December 2013:
Resolutions have now been passed in the City of Albany, Town of Bethlehem, Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Town of Dryden, City of Ithaca, New York City Council, Onondaga County, Saugerties Village Board, City of Syracuse and Westchester County.
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Lindsay Speer, Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, 315-383-7210 or 315-475-2559
Albany Common Council and Croton Town Board Both Unanimously Approve
Resolution of Support for the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign
Albany, NY—The Albany Common Council and the Croton Town Board both unanimously passed resolutions in support of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign on June 3, 2013. Both are based on the draft resolution created by the campaign at the urging of supporters along the Hudson River. A similar resolution will be considered by the Ithaca Common Council this evening. Other governments considering the resolution include the Towns of Rosendale, Stony Point, Williamsville, and Woodstock, and the Ulster County Legislature.
The resolutions join the Two Row Campaign’s call to expand other practices and policies to protect the environment. They call on their citizens to build positive and respectful relations with their Native neighbors and with all Native Peoples. They also call on New York State to renew and polish the Covenant Chain established by the Two Row Wampum Agreement and to work cooperatively with the Haudenosaunee and all Native Nations to redress the injustices which have occurred. Finally, they call on the United States government to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
“I am happy and proud to support the Two Row Wampum campaign to remind us of the 400 year history of agreements between Native Peoples and the federal government,” stated Albany Common Council Member Dominick Calsolaro. “Many of these agreements have not been fulfilled and it is necessary to bring attention to the issue of a lack of effort by the government to fully implement the terms of treaties.”
The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign is a joint project between Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation and the Onondaga Nation to raise awareness of the first treaty between the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and European settlers, created 400 years ago this year. It explains how to coexist together in peace and friendship, and the shared responsibility to take care of the environment. The project was officially endorsed by the Haudenosaunee Grand Council of Chiefs in January, 2013 and involves people from all six Haudenosaunee nations. The campaign is co-sponsored by over 85 organizations statewide. To learn more visit www.honorthetworow.org.