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 (2016).

NYC Proclamation in support of the Two Row Wampum

The sovereign nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois or “People of the Long House”) lived sustainably in the region that now includes most of New York State for many hundreds of years before the arrival of European colonists; and

WHEREAS: In 2013, the Haudenosaunee together with their non-Native allies have chosen to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum Treaty, the first agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and European settles; and

WHEREAS: New Yorkers and others in the wider region greatly benefit from the many contributions of the Haudenosaunee and other Native peoples in culture, environmental understanding, political philosophy and spiritual awareness; and

WHEREAS: The Two Row Wampum Treaty began what was intended to be a Covenant of Friendship symbolized by a silver chain linking our peoples together through a series of agreements with the Dutch, British, French and the United States of America. The Haudenosaunee have consistently and repeatedly sought to uphold the Two Row Wampum as the basis for relations among nations living in peace and friendship; and

WHEREAS: On September 13, 2006, the United National General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a resolution long-championed by the Onondaga Nation, which recognizes the “urgent need to respect and promote the inherent rights of indigenous peoples which derive from their political, economic and social structures and from their cultures, spiritual traditions, histories and philosophies, especially their rights to their lands, territories and resources”; and

WHEREAS: The Haudenosaunee and other native people have persistently maintained their spiritual and cultural practices and, in some cases, their traditional governing structure despite long-term efforts to subvert those practices. The Haudenosaunee have consistently sought diplomatic means to resolve problems with neighboring governments and peoples; and

WHEREAS: The people of the City of New York and the Haudenosaunee can both benefit from a mutual collaboration and friendship to protect the environment on which we all depend. Everyone benefit from a respect for the culture, spirituality, and way of life of the Haudenosaunee and of New Yorkers while travelling on their own mutual paths through life; now therefore

BE IT KNOWN: That I, Rosie Mendez, Council Member of the 2nd District, is proud to join the Haudenosaunee in honoring

The Two Row Wampum Treaty

in commemoration of its


and its ongoing efforts to protect the Earth for current and future generations.

Signed this 17th day of July in the year Twenty Thirteen.

Council Member, 2nd District

Council Member, 6th District

Council Member, 4th District