Haudenosaunee

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Monday marks the traditional Columbus Day holiday, but some members of the community will instead be celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day at Syracuse’s Inner Harbor.  Organizers say there’s been a growing movement to change the commemoration.   Andy Mager with Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation says they’re also trying to educate people about the slaughter and slavery brought about by Columbus and others that followed.

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Most Central New Yorkers know lacrosse originated on the shores of Onondaga Lake thousands of years ago with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.  But many might not know it’s much more than a sport: It’s a game of peace and community that can be linked to American democracy and the women’s movement.


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Guests from around the world will gather at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Sunday for a gala to celebrate the life achievements of Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons.  The SU alumnus is 89, and is an accomplished lacrosse player, artist, and author.  Lyons is a leading voice at the UN permanent Forum on Human Rights for Indigenous Peoples, and has received numerous environmental and peace awards.  WAER News sat down with his son, Rex Lyons, and gala co-chair Gayle Kelley to chat about his influence. 

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A music festival this weekend will honor the talents of local women – while helping a severe health condition with one of the community’s musical treasures.  A celebration remembering the ‘Lilith Fair’ will support Singer Joanne Shenandoah.

Many people have heard the music of Grammy winning singer and songwriter Joanne Shenandoah.  People might not know she has a liver failing from stress and being too fatty.

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A new mural will now greet students and visitors as they enter Syracuse’s LeMoyne Elementary School. The mural depicts the five Native American nations coming together to create the Haudenosaunee confederacy.  Andy Mager with neighbors of the Onondaga Nation says the mural will help to educate residents about the history that happened right in their own backyard.

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The exhibits are in place and stories are ready to be told at the Skä•noñh  Great Law of Peace Center.  Grand opening weekend kicks off Saturday, after more than three months of construction.   The former Saint Marie among the Iroquois Museum on Onondaga Lake Parkway has been undergoing a $1 million  transformation …from telling the story of the Haudenosaunee from the French perspective…to now sharing that history though the eyes of the Iroquois.   Until recently, center general manager Daniel Connors says most of us were probably taught through a Euro-centric model.

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The paddlers have returned home, unpacked, rested, and are now processing the past few weeks of a historic canoe trip, aimed at renewing the promise of a 400-year-old treaty.  It all began in early July, on Onondaga Nation Lands on Onondaga Creek, and ended about a week ago in New York City.  Native peoples and non-Natives formed two lines representing the Two-Row Wampum, with hopes of educating people along their journey about the treaty that once bound the two peoples and bringing new focus to the importance of environmental cleanup and preservation.