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).

Sharing the River of Life Teach-In–April 25-26

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Friday, April 25, 6 – 9:30 pm and Saturday, April 26, 9 am – 6 pm

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Brooklyn Friends School, 375 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, and
Brooklyn Friends Meetinghouse, 110 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Friday, April 25—Brooklyn Friends School, 375 Pearl St, Brooklyn — No Cost
6:00 Thanksgiving Address, then Dinner
7:00 Welcome and overview of events
Keynote: Haudenosaunee values: gifts to our contemporary world by Freida Jacques Onondaga Nation Clanmother and educator (30 min, plus 15 min q and a):
8:00 Haudenosaunee Social Dancing (participatory)
9:30 Closing

Saturday:  A voluntary $25 donation is requested to cover costs; but no one will be turned away because of inability to pay. Morning bagels, coffee, tea and lunch included.

Saturday, April 26—Brooklyn Friends Meetinghouse, 110 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. Workshops and presentation sessions will be held four blocks away at Brooklyn Friends School, 375 Pearl St, Brooklyn MAP

9:00 Gathering, light refreshments

9:30 Thanksgiving Address: Mohawk Elder Tom Porter
Welcome and overview of events
Keynote: – Tom Porter: From Where We Stand to Seven Generations (30 min, plus 15 min q and a)

11:00 Workshops
-Bringing the Haudenosaunee Longhouse into the Classroom—Kay Olan (Mohawk)
-Creating an Ally organization/working as allies to indigenous people—Andy Mager (Co-founder Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation and Two Row organizer), Sally Bermanzohn, Two Row Hudson Valley organizer,  others
– Incorporating indigenous perspectives into environmental activism/TEK and SEK—Charlotte Logan (Mohawk), Elizabeth Nanticoke (Mohawk), Raymond Gutteriez (Wuksachi-Mono), Aya Yamamoto (Two Row organizer and environmental educator)
– Drumming Workshop – Spirit of Thunderheart

1:00 Lunch

2:30 Presentation Session I
-Role of Haudenosaunee Women and influence on Women’s Rights Movement – Daygot Leeyos Edwards (Oneida), Sally Bermanzohn (Two Row Hudson Valley organizer)
-Unity and the Oppressed: The Ramapough and recent film “Out of the Furnace” – Chief Dwaine Perry (Ramapough)
-Forgotten Founders: Haudenosaunee influences on US Democracy – Kay Olan (Mohawk) and Andy Mager (Two Row organizer)
-Guswenta: Video and Discussion about Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign – Hickory Edwards (Onondaga), Gwendolen Cates (filmmaker), others

3:45 Presentation Session II
-The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Progress and Challenges – Roberto Múkaro Borrero (Taíno)
-The Anti-Fracking Struggle and Indigenous Rights – Messiah Rhodes (anti-fracking filmmaker), Hickory Edwards (Onondaga)
-Doctrine of Discovery – the “Moral” Justification for Colonialism and Theft of Land – Susan Wolf, others
-Three Lessons in Peace – Freida Jacques (Onondaga)
-Native New Yorkers – Evan Pritchard (Algonquin)

5:00 Closing Plenary—Unity: The Path Forward for Indigenous Peoples and their Allies – Hawk Storm (Schaghticoke), Daygot Leeyos Edwards (Oneida), Chief Carlos Whitewolf (Taíno), Donna Coane (Scaghticoke) and Chief Ed Wolfwalker (Schaghticoke).

6:00 Clean up and depart

For more information, or to offer to assist in some way, contact Aya Yamamoto or Tom Rothschild.

During the day on Friday, a variety of events and presentations will be scheduled for students at the Brooklyn Friends School.

Co-sponsored by the Two-Row Wampum Renewal Campaign in conjunction with Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn Friends Meeting and NYC Free Peltier.

Additional co-sponsors (list in formation), Judson Memorial Church, American Indian Law Alliance, Native Resistance Network and Neetopk Keetopk: Sharing the River of Life.