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 Support Resolutions Passed in Albany and Croton

On June 3, the Albany Common Council and the Croton Town Board both unanimously passed resolutions in support of the Two Row Wampum Campaign. The resolutions call on New York State are based on the draft created by the campaign. A similar resolution will be considered by the Ithaca Common Council on June 5 and others are being considered by Towns of Rosendale,  Stony Point, Williamsville, Woodstock and the Ulster County Legislature.

The resolutions join the Two Row Campaign’s call to expand other practices and policies to protect the environment. They call on their citizens to build positive and respectful relations with their Native neighbors and with all Native Peoples and call on New York State 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. Finally, they call on the United States government to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“I am happy and proud to support the Two Row Wampum campaign to remind us of the 400 year history of agreements between Native Peoples and the federal government,” stated Albany Common Council Member Dominick Calsolaro. “Many of these agreements have not been fulfilled and it is necessary to bring attention to the issue of a lack of effort by the government to fully implement the terms of treaties.”

People interested in putting the resolution before your local government bodies can get assistance from Vernon Benjamin845-399-4978.