Indigenous Peoples Day Event: “Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row Wampum”

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Tonya Gonnella Frichner, featured on right, Onondaga (laywer, activist, professor of American Indian Law and International Human Rights Law and President/Founder of the American Indian Law Alliance of New York and New Jersey.

Gwendolen Cates, featured on far left side, Filmmaker and producer of “Guswenta” (documentary, 33 minutes)

Film Screening Event at the New School @ New York City, sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and Global Studies Program at the New School

October 13, 2014 “Indigenous Peoples Day”

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Fantastic overview of the event of the 400 year anniversary of the Two Row Wampum treaty between the Dutch and the Haudenosaunee (“People of the Longhouse”) in 2013 when the canoe journey from Onondaga in central upstate New York to the city of New York to the shore of the United Nations to bring the original message of peace and partnership as brothers “together side by side in the river of life, each not in the way of the other or their governance.” It is the first treaty, signified by the wampum belt and a living record of the event, made with the indigenous peoples of this East Coast region with the European settlers in 1613. Many other treaties followed, in similar fashion with other governments such as the French, British, Spanish, and, of course, the United States.

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The government of the Haudenosaunee, otherwise known as the Six Nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora), is one the longest standing participatory democracies in the world and the blueprint of the government of the United States of America respected and observed by men like Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. The Treaty of Canandaigua, between the Haudenosaunee and the United States, in 1794 was commissioned by George Washington to memorialize the treaty in wampum as part of the “Peace and Friendship” treaties. The message is that it is time to recognize that relationship of sovereign brotherhood and respect with both Indigenous and European Americans, as well as to honoring the Earth and taking responsibility to take care of it again, to restore both peace and friendship.

Six Places to Find College Scholarship for Native Students

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This is an article in Indian Country Today listing six options to look into if you are thinking about how to pay for college. To give you a rough idea, applying for scholarships can be just as financially worth the effort as getting a job which takes your time, energy, and focus away from your class studies. In fact, many native students are capable of going to school with the majority of their tuition coming from scholarships if you are diligent, organized, on-time, and most of all, you apply! This can make all the difference when you go to school, no matter where it is. Good luck!

Native Tribal Scholars Program Family Day Speech

Cedric Cromwell, tribal chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, speaks about the NTS program and the native youth who have successfully completed the program celebrating the students accomplishments.

Amherst Gazette Story on Native Tribal Scholars

Ciara Oakley-Robbins, 15, of the Native Tribal Scholar program demonstrates a traditional Native American toy at the program’s end-of-the-year family day. The summer program expresses the importance of college to Native high school students. photo by AYRIKA WHITNEY Mashpeen Wampanoag, … Continue reading