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).

Good Week in the News!

Monday June 3rd- Sunday June 9th

6/9/2013 “Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign” (SculptingEarth) – [blog]

…it felt so right to walk on the land and paddle across cayuga waters for three days and three nights learning about, spreading awareness around, and living the way of the two row wampum treaty. And the plants and animals seemed to agree. Three blue herons flew over us as we paddled the first day. And two foxes ran along the edge of the railroad tracks…The cows on the farms stood at attention and watched us, every single one of them following us with their big brown eyes, saluting our cause it seemed. The animals were saying yes. This is right. Walk together. Paddle together.  For peace and harmony.

6/9/2013 “Letter: Share and Protect the Environment” (Times Union)

Front page of Auburn Citizen 6/8/136/7/2013 “Two Row Wampum Celebrates 400 Years of Friendship” (The Citizen) – On the front page!

“This stuff concerns everyone,” said Dan Hill, council member of the Heron Clan, a Cayuga Nation group. ‘It wasn’t just one side out there today, it was everyone together.”

Hill said that a presence on the water during the event was important because one of the most significant aspects of the centuries-old treaty is a commitment to sustainability and protecting nature. The Cayugas also wanted to show future generations the importance of preserving the environment that surrounds them.

6/7/2013 “400 Years: Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign” (WAMC) – [extended version on audio]

In Lyons’ words,  “As long as the grass grows green, water flows downhill, and the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the wampum belt has meaning.”

Lyons is among a group of advocates who won’t let the Two Row Wampum belt become a “lost artifact.”

6/5/2013 “Journey Commemorates 400-Year-Old Treaty” (YNN)

Two Row on Cover of Ithaca Times

6/5/2013 “Two Row Wampum Campaign Marking 400th Anniversary of First Haudenosaunee Treaty” (Ithaca Times) – On the front page!

“The importance of it is for both vessels to understand what’s happening with the environment, with the neglect of the environment, and also with the honoring of the treaties,” said Edwards. “The native peoples in North America are suffering because of broken treaties. So this is a wakeup call to the American people to persuade their governments to start honoring the treaties.”

6/4/2013 “Paddlers Launch Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign” (Ithaca Journal)

June 2013 “Sharing the River of Life” (NYS Conservationist) – Written by Aya Yamamoto, organizer, educator and paddler for the Two Row Wampum Campaign.

The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign is a grassroots educational campaign encouraging United States citizens to honor native treaties and protect the Earth. The campaign seeks to unite neighbors on themes of justice and environmental healing for the good of all future generations, using the Two Row Wampum as a model.