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  • November 2023 The History of NOON

    Welcome to the NOON e-newsletter for November 2023. Enjoy, and please share widely! We thought we’d take some time this month to share some background information about NOON, including our history and goals.

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  • October 2023 Indigenous Leadership in the Climate Crisis

    This month, we are spotlighting Indigenous leadership to address the climate crisis. From here on Onondaga homelands to around the globe, Indigenous Peoples and Nations have for several decades been speaking out about climate change: naming its roots in colonialism and the dominant extractive economic paradigm, calling out the false solutions offered by many world…

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  • SEPTEMBER 2023 PREP FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY

    Welcome to the NOON e-newsletter for September 2023. We’re focusing on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, both here in Central New York and beyond. Enjoy, and please share widely!

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  • AUGUST 2023 Seven Powerful Books Written By Indigenous Women

    The authors incorporate Indigenous knowledge, which has historically been buried by colonialism, into bold stories that foster cultural understanding. Each book on this list is a powerful tool for reflection year-round.

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  • JULY 2023 Onondaga International Win

    Onondaga International Win Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Rules the USA Must Answer for Allowing Illegal Seizure of More Than 2 Million Acres of Land Guaranteed by Treaty to Onondaga Nation The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is an arm of the Organization of American States. Onondaga Nation General Counsel Joe Heath debriefs…

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  • JUNE 2023 The Tonawanda Seneca Nation’s Fight to Protect the Big Woods

    One of Western New York’s greatest treasures is a 20,000-acre wetland- grassland complex located mainly in the Town of Alabama, and locally known as “Alabama Swamp.” It is also known as the Sixth Great Lake, a glacial lake now largely underground but surfacing in the plentiful streams and pools that make this watery landscape essential…

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  • MAY 2023 “Doctrine of Discovery”

    The “Doctrine of Discovery”, based on three papal bulls (Dum Diversas in 1452, Romanus Pontifex in 1455 and Inter Caetera in 1493), gave religious backing to the Portuguese and Spanish kingdoms to expand their territories in Africa and the Americas under the guise of spreading Christianity…

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  • MARCH 2023 REPATRIATION

    Repatriation is the returning of cultural items — human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony — to lineal descendants. In the United States this refers most often to Native Americans and is covered by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA). Native American cultural items and remains…

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  • JANUARY 2023 PLANS FOR ONONDAGA LAKE

    Another year has gone by without Onondaga County fulfilling their commitment made over 11 years ago to return land on Onondaga Lake to the Onondaga Nation. In the meantime, the city of Syracuse has unveiled a $108M Lakefront Revitalization plan…

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  • DECEMBER 2022 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND OUR GOVERNMENTS

    The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a federal law, was passed in 1978 to keep Indian children with Indian families in their own culture. At that time as many as 25-35% of Indian children were being removed from their families by public and private agencies and placed in non-Indian families.

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