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).

Two Row Resolution Released

The non-native ally side of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign has released a draft resolution in support of the campaign for consideration by government bodies at all levels. Two Row supporters are encouraged to work with others in their community to put it before their city government, county legislature, mayor, county executive, village board or other government bodies for their consideration.  The draft resolution is at the bottom of this post and attached as a pdf file.
 

The resolution calls on government bodies to acknowledge the promise and history of the Two Row agreement, to acknowledge the failure to live up to this inspirational vision on the part of US peoples and governments and to commit to renewing the Two Row and polishing the covenant chain of friendship between our peoples.&nbsp
In early 1976 Chiefs of the Six Nations met with Dr. Theodore Mars, special aide to President Gerald Ford at Onondaga Longhouse. (Mars is the gray haired man in the white shirt.) The leaders explained the history to Dr. Mars using the Wampum Belts. The meeting resulted in a July 16, 1976 meeting between the Chiefs and President Ford. People: (Left to Right) Floyd Henhawk, Gordon Peters, Roy Buck, Dr. Mars, Corbett Sundown, Two Ax, Tadodaho Leon Shenandoah

In early 1976 Chiefs of the Six Nations met with Dr. Theodore Mars, special aide to President Gerald Ford at Onondaga Longhouse. (Mars is the gray haired man in the white shirt.) The leaders explained the history to Dr. Mars using the Wampum Belts. The meeting resulted in a July 16, 1976 meeting between the Chiefs and President Ford. People: (Left to Right) unknown, Gordon Peters, Roy Buck, Dr. Mars, Corbett Sundown, Two Ax, Tadodaho Leon Shenandoah


 

Draft Resolution to Renew the Two Row Wampum

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

 

    1. 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 settlers; and

 

    1. WHEREAS as part of this commemoration the Haudenosaunee call on all New Yorkers to act as good environmental stewards; and

 

    1. WHEREAS the Haudenosaunee Confederacy’s constitution, known as the Great Law of Peace, was first created on the shores of Onondaga Lake (in what is now Central New York) and eventually became a model for the Confederation of Colonies and the U.S. Constitution as recognized in the historical record andin Concurrent Congressional Resolution S.76 of 1987; and

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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 ofagreements with the Dutch,British, French and the United States of America; and

 

    1. WHEREAS 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

 

    1. WHEREAS on September 13, 2006 the United Nations 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.”

 

    1. WHEREAS, despite the Two Row agreement, for centuries the Haudenosaunee and other Native people have been subjected to laws, activities, and actions to undermine their culture, spirituality, and way of life by ill-advised and intemperate government bodies; and

 

    1. WHEREAS, such actions are beneficial for neither the Haudenosaunee or the people whom such government bodies represent; and

 

    1. 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; and

 

    1. WHEREAS the Haudenosaunee have consistently sought diplomatic means to resolve problems with neighboring governments and people; and

 

    1. WHEREAS the enter community name or title and the Haudenosaunee can both benefit from a mutualcollaboration and friendship to protect the environment on which we all depend; and

 

    1. WHEREAS the enter community name or title and the Haudenosaunee can both benefit from a respect for the culture, spirituality, and way of life of the Haudenosaunee and that of enter community name or title while traveling on their own mutual paths through life;

 

IT IS HEREBY FURTHER RESOLVED, that enter community name or title :

    1. Expresses support for the year-long Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign to Honor Native Treaties and Protect the Earth;

 

    1. Joins the Two Row Campaign’s call to keep hydrofracking out of New York State and expand other practices and policies to protect the environment;

 

    1. Calls on the citizens of enter community name or title to build positive and respectful relations with their Native neighbors and with all Native Peoples;

 

    1. Calls on the State of New York 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; and

 

    1. Calls on the United States government to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,

 

AND MOVES ITS ADOPTION.

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