O’siyo. The Iroquois are doing their part to keep relations with other Natives and other countries on the positive side.
Excerpt: The Iroquois Are Not Giving Up, By Julian Taub, The Atlantic
“The history of Native Americans is still alive and ongoing, and the Iroquois Confederacy, or Haudenosaunee, wants you to remember that. On Friday, August 9 th, their chiefs met with the Dutch Consul General on the 57th Street Pier in Manhattan to honor the 400th Anniversary of their 1613 treaty with the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It was the culmination of a thirteen-day paddle down the Hudson River, with daily stops where tribe members and supporters held cultural events and lectures, and invited locals to listen to traditional music and dance. The goal: not just to raise consciousness over land rights–suits for which have been uniformly unsuccessful in recent years–but to build support for enforcing treaties between natives and settlers for the purposes of environmental conservation, as well.
According to Tonya Gonella Frichner, founder of the American Indian Law Alliance, It brings to the public’s attention that we have operated on a nation-to-nation level with our European brothers and sisters for four hundred years. It’s about extending a hand of friendship to the Netherlands, to all of the member nations of the UN, and to our neighbors…
Todadaho Sid Hill, the spiritual leader of the Iroquois states, “We’ve just about exhausted our avenues in the U.S. courts, we have one more appeal, which is going to be denied, and then we go to the world courts. The language used in publicity materials has been resolute: The Onondaga will not settle for other methods such as casinos that have been used to resolve other Native American claims.
To an outsider, the fight might look futile. When the chiefs and most of the Iroquois were asked what keeps them fighting for their people in the face of so few victories, they responded: ‘the children.’.. Without the help of the Iroquois, the Dutch settlers would have never survived here, said Dutch Consul General Rob de Vos. Each side held one end of the Two Row Wampum belt, signifying the treaty between the Iroquois and the Dutch, and having exchanged gifts, the chiefs then smoked a peace pipe with de Vos.
he paddlers and their allies, singing songs, beating drums, and carrying flags of the Two Row, then marched to the UN for an event titled Indigenous Peoples Building Alliances: Honouring Treaties, Agreements and other Constructive Arrangements, intended to open up dialogue for the resolution of treaty disputes between natives and settlers throughout the world.
The UN conference room filled with people from member states and indigenous delegates. It opened with a Mohawk traditional greeting and introductions from UN chairmen, including Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon. The panelists revealed that the Two Row Wampum Campaign was the inspiration for the theme of the conference.”
“Let’s stay together, listen to each other, and find solutions for future generations.”
~Dutch Consul General Rob de Vos~(In response to the treaty between the Iroquois and the Dutch).