Native Americans & Allies Announce Plans to Paddle from Albany to NYC
MEDIA ADVISORY — pdf available here: MEDIA ADVISORY Press Conf. NYC 3.13
Campaign to raise awareness of treaty responsibilities, indigenous rights, and environmental concerns.
On March 13, 2013, at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) leaders and partnering organizations will announce the start of an historic yearlong statewide awareness campaign on indigenous and environmental issues. The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign highlights the 400th anniversary of the first treaty –as recorded by the Two Row Wampum – between the Haudenosaunee and early European settlers, the Dutch.
The campaign will offer New Yorkers the opportunity to hear directly from the Native American Nations in their midst about the history of treaties made between our governments, agreements that shape relations between New York State, the Federal government, and Native Nations today. At the core of those agreements is a shared responsibility to protect the Earth on which all life depends. The need to stem global climate change and prevent hydrofracking in New York State are key to the project.
The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign began as a partnership between Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation and the Onondaga Nation, and has received co-sponsorship from over 70 organizations statewide and endorsement from the Haudenosaunee Grand Council of Chiefs. Events will be held across the state, including in New York City. The highlight of the year’s activities will be an epic 13-day canoe trip in August from Albany to New York City along the Hudson River, bringing to life the imagery depicted in the Two Row Wampum of two peoples traveling side-by-side down the river of life in peace and friendship.
- Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper for the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation
- Andy Mager, Project Coordinator for the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign
- Tonya Gonnella Frichner, Onondaga, former North American Representative to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations.
- Lindsay Speer, member of Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation
- Representatives of NYC Co-Sponsoring organizations
WHAT: News Conference announcing the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign
WHERE: National Museum of the American Indian, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004
WHEN: 11 AM on Wednesday, March 13, 2013
VISUALS: Banner of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign; Native American leaders; banners & representatives of allied organizations.