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Turtle Island’s Treaties: Honor & Activism

Turtle Island’s Treaties: Honor & Activism

Did you know that "Turtle Island" is how many Native Americans refer to the North American Continent? G. Peter Jemison and Don Ragona discuss the enduring importance of the Canandaigua Treaty, other treaties between our government and Native American peoples the  shared guarantees and obligations of these lawful, living documents.

To learn more about G. Peter Jemison:
To learn more about Don Ragona:
November 10, 2019
Season 9

Turtle Island’s Treaties: Honor & Activism

Featuring

G. Peter Jemison,

Seneca Nation Faithkeeper and site manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site

& Don Ragona,

House Counsel at the Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

Details

MODERATOR: Evan Dawson (WXXI Radio Host)
  • DESCRIPTION:

November 11, 2019 is the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Canandaigua between the United States and the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) Confederacy. The treaty established important precedents regarding land transactions and the rights of Native Americans, and it is one of a number of treaties that are applied to Native and non-Native entities. Our speakers, G. Peter Jemison (Heron Clan), site manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site, and Don Ragona (Matinecock), House Counsel at the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), provided both an overview of these treaties and a closer look at the enduring importance of the Canandaigua Treaty. The treaties establish guarantees and obligations. Have we... do we... can we ... live up to them in the 21st Century?

See Also:

Messenger Post, Treaty of Canandaigua: ‘This treaty is still important’

 

G. Peter Jemison's BIO:

(Photo: SARAH TADDEO/@sjtaddeo/Staff photographer)G. Peter Jemison (Heron Clan), is a Seneca Nation Faithkeeper and the site manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, New York. He is an authority on the Canandaigua Treaty as well as on Haudenosaunee history and cultural vibrancy in our current era.  Mr. Jemison is also a world-renowned artist whose works embody "orenda," the Haudenosaunee belief that every living thing and every part of creation contains a spiritual force.

Mr. Jemison is the representative for the Seneca Nation of Indians on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) as well as an Indian Tribe/Native Hawaiian Representative of the Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

See G. Peter Jemison in PBS Series Native America.

Don Ragona's BIO:

Don Ragona

Don Ragona (Matinecock), house counsel at the native American Rights Fund (NARF) in Boulder,

Colorado, is an expert on legal issues facing Native American peoples across the North American continent. From land rights to business law, the non-profit NARF is focused on applying existing law and treaties to guarantee the U.S. federal and state governments live up to their legal obligations.

A graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and Long Island University, C.W. Post College (magna cum laude), Mr. Ragona joined NARF in 1993.  Admitted to practice in both Colorado and New York, Mr. Ragona successfully advocated and developed resources for Native Nations.

 

November 10, 2019
Season 9
Turtle Island’s Treaties: Honor & Activism

Turtle Island’s Treaties: Honor & Activism

Featuring

G. Peter Jemison,

Seneca Nation Faithkeeper and site manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site

& Don Ragona,

House Counsel at the Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

Details

MODERATOR: Evan Dawson (WXXI Radio Host)
  • DESCRIPTION:

November 11, 2019 is the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Canandaigua between the United States and the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) Confederacy. The treaty established important precedents regarding land transactions and the rights of Native Americans, and it is one of a number of treaties that are applied to Native and non-Native entities. Our speakers, G. Peter Jemison (Heron Clan), site manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site, and Don Ragona (Matinecock), House Counsel at the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), provided both an overview of these treaties and a closer look at the enduring importance of the Canandaigua Treaty. The treaties establish guarantees and obligations. Have we... do we... can we ... live up to them in the 21st Century?

See Also:

Messenger Post, Treaty of Canandaigua: ‘This treaty is still important’

 

G. Peter Jemison's BIO:

(Photo: SARAH TADDEO/@sjtaddeo/Staff photographer)G. Peter Jemison (Heron Clan), is a Seneca Nation Faithkeeper and the site manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, New York. He is an authority on the Canandaigua Treaty as well as on Haudenosaunee history and cultural vibrancy in our current era.  Mr. Jemison is also a world-renowned artist whose works embody "orenda," the Haudenosaunee belief that every living thing and every part of creation contains a spiritual force.

Mr. Jemison is the representative for the Seneca Nation of Indians on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) as well as an Indian Tribe/Native Hawaiian Representative of the Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

See G. Peter Jemison in PBS Series Native America.

Don Ragona's BIO:

Don Ragona

Don Ragona (Matinecock), house counsel at the native American Rights Fund (NARF) in Boulder,

Colorado, is an expert on legal issues facing Native American peoples across the North American continent. From land rights to business law, the non-profit NARF is focused on applying existing law and treaties to guarantee the U.S. federal and state governments live up to their legal obligations.

A graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and Long Island University, C.W. Post College (magna cum laude), Mr. Ragona joined NARF in 1993.  Admitted to practice in both Colorado and New York, Mr. Ragona successfully advocated and developed resources for Native Nations.

 

Did you know that "Turtle Island" is how many Native Americans refer to the North American Continent? G. Peter Jemison and Don Ragona discuss the enduring importance of the Canandaigua Treaty, other treaties between our government and Native American peoples the  shared guarantees and obligations of these lawful, living documents.

To learn more about G. Peter Jemison:
To learn more about Don Ragona:

2020-2021 Season Postponed

Regretfully, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 Canandaigua Forum has been postponed. Happily, all four great programs have been rescheduled for 2021-22.