The Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force brings you the latest environmental news, events and environmental issues that affect our communities across the Iroquois Confederacy and surrounding area.
In December of 2011, the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force sent a letter the the President of the United States expressing concerns of the Keystone XL Pipeline construction which has been delayed until 2013-2014. This letter explains a little more about what considerations were not taken as well as the effects this pipeline would have on other Indigenous communities as well as the environmental impacts.
Haudenosaunee Cultural Sensitivity Training in New York City
For the past decade, the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force has held workshops at Universities, Government Agencies, and other Areas of Concern where environmental issues take place, to reaffirm our relationship between the Haudenosaunee and Governmental Agencies using a document developed by the Haudenosaunee referencing an agreement recorded by the creation of the two row wampum.
Ganondagon Seneca Historic Site hosted the Haudenosaunee Seed Workshop on March 24th of this year. It was well attended from farmers and seed growers across the Confederacy. The workshop started with Pete Jemison doing the Ohenton Kariwahtekwen or Ganiono in his Seneca language since it was hosted by the western door. Our main mission is to share the knowledge and keep our main food source growing like Hegowa, the main corn needed for our ceremonies.
Northeastern Tribes benefit from National Fish and Wildlife Service’s Generosity
On August 28, 2011, Hurricane Irene caused the waters of the White River in Bethel, Vermont to spill over its banks and flood the White River National Fish Hatchery contaminating the “closed well water” hatchery. This contamination was to the well water and not the fish. The hatchery rears Atlantic salmon brood stock for restoration efforts in the Connecticut River, lake trout for stocking in the Great Lakes, and native brook trout to support recreational fishing in some Vermont rivers.
The HETF recently participated in the North American Association of Environmental Educators Nation Conference held September 29 to October 2, 2010 in Buffalo, NY. Tuscarora HETF staff hosted a “Field Experience” at the Tuscarora Old Gym and the Tuscarora Indian School to showcase our environmental education work and discuss strategies with other educators. Over twenty guests began the day with a traditional opening and a slide show by Tuscarora Director Neil Patterson Jr. Visitors toured the Tuscarora Indian School with presentations from Principal Liz Carr, Culture Teacher Joanne Weinholtz, and Language Teachers Vince Schiffert and Betsy Bissell. Our guests were also delighted to hear briefly from Dennis Banks, American Indian Movement, during a traditional lunch made with CSA garden vegetables and local deer meat.
Indian Nation Leadership Meeting with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
On Tuesday August 20th, 2010 Indian Nations located throughout New York State met up with U.S., E.P.A. Officials to discuss different topics and concerns each Nation had about the environment. Also joining the group were officials fromNeil Patterson tells the story “Maid of the Mist” the Department of Environmental Conservation. This year’s annual meeting was held in Niagara Falls at the Crowne Plaza, only a short distance from the Falls.
"Kakwitetstsi Nikahawi Enniskowa Tsiniwenh:nites nonen ronterontara;raks Tho:ne’ Onen Entitewahwe’non:ni ne Orontakeri, Tho:ne’ onen Tenhatihnekonkiehte Tsiniiore Enwaton Watha Oses."
"In the spring time, in the month of March, they will drill holes in the trees, and then collect the sap, and then boil the sap until it becomes maple syrup."
Kakwitetstsi Nikahawi Enniskowa Tsiniwenh:nites nonen ronterontara;raks Tho:ne’ Onen Entitewahwe’non:ni ne Orontakeri, Tho:ne’ onen Tenhatihnekonkiehte Tsiniiore Enwaton Watha Oses. (In the spring time, in the month of March, they will drill holes in the trees, and then collect the sap, and then boil the sap until it becomes maple syrup.)
- The Black Ash Project at Akwesasne
- Haudenosaunee Seed Exchange Workshop
- Ratisestonn:ni at Akwesasne
- Akwesasne Fruit Tree Project
- Plantagon - Global Innovation
- Cultural Sensitivity Training with D.E.C. in Onondaga
- Onondaga Nation of Iroquois Confederacy Takes On Fracking
- Onondaga County Scraps Plans for Sewage Plant
- Onondaga Nation and Environmental Partners Win Prestigious EPA Award
- Onondaga Nation’s Annual Fishing Derby
- Cayuga Nation's Statement on Global Climate Change
- The Tonawanda Seneca Nation Council of Chiefs - Statement on Hydrofracking
- Tonawanda Seneca Earth Day
- The River
- Daylight in the Swamp!
- Tuscarora Environment Program Adirondack Youth Trip