January 2019 It's The Right Thing To Do

 

 

It's The Right Thing To Do, It's The Least We Can Do

Native peoples are here among us despite diseases, brought by Europeans, which wiped out 90% of their population. Even though we, Europeans, believed that the Doctrine of Discovery justified taking their land, they are here. Despite sending our military might to eliminate them, intentionally destroying their food supply, including the huge number of buffalo, and removing their children to distant boarding schools, they have survived. Our attempts to obliterating their true history and culture by teaching lies about them has not in the end succeeded. Yet they have survived, continue to hold ceremonies and teach their children how to live on this land.

The American Indian Community House (AICH) has been serving the Indigenous community for 50 years in NYC, which has the largest concentration of Indigenous people of any city in the United States. It is a volunteer community-based organization, mandated to improve the status of Native Americans, and to foster inter-cultural understanding. Membership is currently composed of Native Americans from 72 different tribes and hosts monthly programming and events, as well as socials. However, the Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, recently decided not to continue funding AICH. So they are struggling to find funding. AICH, also, needs a permanent place to hold ceremonies, provide services and provide community to their large population. This is, to say the least, not easy in NYC.

It is by no means unheard of to acknowledge Indigenous Peoples' rightful place in America through the returning of land. In 2007 the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians regained possession of the venerated Nanih Waiya Mound through legislation. While the state was motivated by financial issues, legislators saw an opportunity to right a wrong. In the early 2000s, a community group known as Strengthening Haudenosaunee – American Relations through Education (SHARE) purchased a farm near Union Springs for the Cayuga Nation, the only Haudenosaunee nation without land. An Onondaga County resident, Lloyd Withers, has been working with the county legislature to return a piece of land on the shores of Onondaga Lake to the Onondaga for "traditional uses," including hunting, fishing and harvesting medicinal plants. While it has been a struggle, the effort is ongoing and hopefully will be accomplished soon. Planting Justice, an organization promoting permaculture gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area, in partnership with the Sogorea Te' Land Trust will ultimately facilitate the transfer of Ohlone land back into native stewardship in the first project of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area. And sometimes individuals bequeath their land to natives.

Many ways have been found to address the needs of the Original people in America. Solving American Indian Community House's needs will certainly be a challenge. But creative minds will find solutions. Please put your creativity and connections to work to help the board of AICH.

Learn about AICH's mission, activities and services. Like and share American Indian Community House FB pg. Contribute what you can financially. Contact AICH with ideas, suggestions or contacts.

You can learn more about the ancient cultures of the Americas and how they are keeping their traditions and cultures alive today through the PBS series Native America.

 

 

 

NOON acknowledges that we are on the territory of the Onondaga Nation, counsel fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

We are thankful for their stewardship of our environment.

 

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EVENTS:

KOKOM LENA of the First Nation Algonquin. The Photographs of Michael Greenlar, February 2, 2019 to March 23, 2019, ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13203.

Not Your Indians Anymore: Alcatraz and the Red Power Movement: 1969-1971, Friday, October 19, 2018 through Sunday, January 20, 2019, Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088.

Seneca Art & Cultural Center closed January 1-February 18, 2019, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY

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MONTHLY:

NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Tuesday, February 12, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend contacting Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff, or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer, before the meeting.

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FYI:

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh has asked for discussion with the Italian community around the issue of Columbus/Indigenous Peoples' Day. If you live in CNY and would like to participate in the dialogue circles on adopting Indigenous Peoples' Day, please contact Jack Manno.

L.A.’s only indigenous school has survived another battle to keep its doors open

Shutdown Leaves Food, Medicine and Pay in Doubt in Indian Country

Raise the Roof Campaign” to replace the 20 yr old Seneca Bark Longhouse roof at Ganondagan.

This Face Book Page was recommended Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidumt'en Territory

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NOON RESOURCES:

WITNESS TO INJUSTICE: UNRAVELING HISTORIC NATIVE & U.S. RELATIONS. This inter-active group exercise is a 2 hour teaching tool that uses participatory education to raise awareness of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the part of the world now known as the United States. Through the use of meaningful quotes, and blankets that represent part of Turtle Island (the Western Hemisphere), we explore this shared history that most people rarely learn in traditional settings. We engage in a conversation about the European colonization of Turtle Island in order to deepen our understanding of the denial of Indigenous peoples' nationhood throughout U.S. History. NOON is offering this exercise to groups, organizations, schools and churches. A good will offering to support NOON's work is appreciated. If you would like additional information or to schedule a time for a presentation, contact Cindy Squillace

The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code film is premised on Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, a book based on two decades of research by Shawnee, Lenape scholar Steven T. Newcomb. Available to borrow. Contact Carol Baum via email or phone 315-472-5478

Standing on Sacred Ground Videos. Each of the 4 episodes is 60 min. Pilgrims and Tourists, Profit and Loss, Fire and Ice and Islands of Sanctuary. If you have a group of friends or know an organization that would like to view any of these films, please contact Carol Baum via email or phone 315-472-5478.

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SAVE THE DATE:

Native American Winter Family Week, February 19-22, 2019, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY

Native American Winter Games, February 23, 2019, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY

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