The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, a partnership between the Onondaga Nation and Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON), will open at Syracuse Stage on February 11.
The new year will mark the 400th anniversary of the first treaty between the Haudenosaunee and European settlers. The Renewal Campaign seeks to remind us all of the promises the Haudenosaunee and the Europeans made to each other with the treaty, which was recorded on the Two Row Wampum Belt. While the Haudenosaunee have largely kept their end of the bargain, and have sought to remind the governments of the United States and Canada that they need to be better stewards of the land, those governments have not performed quite so well. On the Renewal Campaign website, the group acknowledges three shortcomings:
• We have repeatedly broken international treaties and written laws to justify and conceal these unjust actions.
• We have forced coercive and unjust policies on our neighbors, usually aimed at further reducing Native Nations’ sovereignty while appropriating more of their lands and resources.
• We have—through governmental, economic, industrial, and social policies and practices—sullied our shared environmental inheritance and committed too few resources to restoring them.
Following the February 11 kickoff, the Renewal Campaign will hold several events in the spring, leading up to a June 21 enactment paddle across Onondaga Lake, and then a paddle down the Hudson River lasting from July 29 to August 9 and described as the "centerpiece" of the Campaign.
For more information about the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, including how to participate and contribute financially, visit http://honorthetworow.org/