Honoring Treaties

The Canandaigua, Two Row, and Haudenosaunee Confederacy Wampum Belts

Since treaty-making between our peoples goes back at least 400 years, it is important to understand the context in which our Haudenosaunee neighbors understand those treaties to have been made, and to understand the responsibilities that such treaty-making call us to in this current historical moment.

Please refer to this photo-copied essay from Chief Irving Powless on the process and importance of treaty-making: “On Treaty-making,” by Chief Irving Powless


Onondaga Faithkeeper Oren Lyons speaks in Washington DC on February 28, 2012

In addition to Chief Powless’s important statement above, we’ll soon have some other documents and links here that will give more background information about treaties and the history of Federal Indian policies. For now, please see NOON’s history page for more information.