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4th Haudenosaunee

Conflict Colonization Co-Existence

The 4th Annual Haudenosaunee Conference

“Conflict, Colonization and Co-Existence:

The Haudenosaunee and New York State”

Video 1: History

David Smith, Emissary to the Haudenosaunee

Michael Oberg, Professor of History, SUNY Geneseo

Laurence Hauptman, Professor of History, SUNY New Paltz

Video 2: Jurisdiction

Robert Odawi Porter, Executive Director of Center for Indigenous Law, Governance & Citizenship

Maurice John Sr, President of Seneca Nation of Indians

Video 3: Culture & Education Panel

Michael Oberg, Professor of History, SUNY Geneseo

Laurence Hauptman, Professor of History, SUNY New Paltz

Dr. Stephanie Waterman, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Rochester

Lana Redeye, Former Education Director, Seneca Nation

Kandice Gansworth, Syracuse University Student

Video 4: Advocacy

Joseph Heath, Esq., General Counsel, Onondaga Nation

Peter Carmen, Esq., General Counsel, Oneida Nation

Oren Lyons - Closing Remarks

“Because of the local ill feeling, the people of the states where they [the Indians] are found are often their deadliest enemies.”

United States v. Kagama, 118 U.S. 375, 384-85 (1886)

Since the creation of New York State within Haudenosaunee Territory, the Haudenosaunee people and nations have continually fought to maintain their sovereign nationhood.  The State has engaged in various strategies to confiscate nation lands and undermine the Haudenosaunee nations.  However, the Haudenosaunee have survived these efforts as New York grew into the Empire State.  The nations also endured assimilationist  laws and policies by New York State directed towards restricting the Nations’ jurisdiction, reducing the use of Haudenosaunee language, and educational reform through boarding schools and the State education system.  Today, while the Haudenosaunee people still continue to be at odds with New York state over economic development, land ownership and jurisdiction, the Nations also seek paths towards a peaceful co-existence with the State while maintaining their nationhood. 

The 4th Annual Haudenosaunee Conference focuses on the relationship between the Haudenosaunee and New York State.  The conference will address the history, present, and future;  acknowledging the impact of the conflicts between the State and nations, the assimilationist State laws and policies, as well as present and future attempts to co-existent as Indian nations and a State.  Conference speakers will address New York State’s impact on the Haudenosaunee’s education, language, land rights, jurisdiction, economic development and governance.



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agenda and registration coming soon!!!

Past Events

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April 26, 2013
201 MacNaughton Hall