The Native Earth Environmental Youth Camp (NEEYC), co-sponsored by SUNY-ESF, HETF, and MCA-Thompson Island Youth Camp, continues to grow and provide an outstanding experience for native youth from around the Northeast. 2013 marked the 4th year of the program and another successful experience. The camp combines indigenous teachings about the land with environmental science and ecology. The experience lasts 10 days—the first 5 on Thompson Island in the St. Lawrence River at Akwesasne, and the next 5 at ESF’s Cranberry Lake Biological Station.
HETF – August 2013
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has held Nation to Nation meetings every year for the past 17 years. These meetings are to bring all the Indigenous Nations of EPA’s Region 2 together to discuss important environmental issues and resolutions as well as talk about new and exciting environmental programs to protect our environment and to develop new programs for a sustainable future. Each year, this annual meeting is hosting by one of Region 2 Indigenous Nations and this year, Akwesasne had the pleasure of hosting this meeting.
Three centuries after their beleaguered ancestors fled their homeland in North Carolina, a group of young adults are re-enacting their people’s tortuous trek and return home today to a welcome at the Tuscarora Nation.
Members of the group – they numbered between six and 10 over the course of the their 1,200-mile journey – started March 23 at Snow Hill, N.C. They hiked, ran, biked, walked and kayaked the entire way. Today they will be met in Sanborn and accompanied the last 6 miles home by a crowd of well-wishers, then welcomed at the edge of Tuscarora Nation territory by clan mothers, chiefs, elders, relatives and friends.
“I think when we get closer to home, it’s going to be just waterworks,” said Jodi Patterson, one of five people who traveled every mile. “It’s going to be really touching to see how much we have affected and inspired the people.”
“We can’t wait to be home,” said Bryan Printup, who coordinated the journey under the auspices of the Tuscarora Environment Program and ensured that the group made its daily mileage totals, along with organizing meals, rest stops and places to sleep.