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22 year old, Mary Winder (Wolf Clan) began her lifetime crusade, campaigning and petitioning for the government to make amends and give the Oneidas back their land. Through written testimony, Mary fought for the recovery of thousands of acres guaranteed to the Oneidas in the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua.
For 30 years, until the time of her death in 1954, Mary – who had little formal education and spoke only Oneida until she attended school, sent letter after letter. She wrote to President Washington asking the federal government to redress the wrongs perpetrated against the Oneidas.
She died three years after the Oneida land claim was officially filed. The Nation eventually won the land claim initiated by Mary.

NFL SAYS IT WILL MEET WITH TRIBE ABOUT REDSKINS NAME - The NFL is prepared to meet with an Indian tribe that’s pushing for the Washington Redskins to drop the team’s nickname. Just not this week.

As league owners gathered Monday in the nation’s capital for their fall meetings, the Oneida Indian Nation held a symposium across town to promote their “Change the Mascot” campaign. Oneida representative Ray Halbritter said the NFL was invited to attend.

Instead, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, a meeting has been scheduled for next month — and could happen sooner.

“We respect that people have differing views,” McCarthy said. “It is important that we listen to all perspectives.”

He said the Redskins name is not on the agenda for the owners’ meetings. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed to keep the name, and an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted in April found that nearly 4 in 5 Americans don’t think the team should change its name.

For years, a group of American Indians has tried to block the team from having federal trademark protection.

Lanny Davis, a lawyer who’s been advising Snyder on the name issue said the campaign is “showing selective attention” by focusing on the Redskins and not teams such as the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, or Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves.

Halbritter reply to that comment was, “The name of Washington’s team is a dictionary-defined, offensive racial epithet. Those other names aren’t,” Halbritter said. “But there is a broader discussion to be had about using mascots generally.”

Some Redskins players approached in the locker room Monday avoided addressing the subject altogether.

“It’s really tough. And I mean this sincerely: I get both sides of the argument,” guard Chris Chester said. “I see how it can offend some people, but I feel like the context that this organization has, there’s no negative connotation. You wouldn’t name your team something you didn’t have respect for. At least I wouldn’t. I mean, I understand, too, that it offends some people, so I sympathize with both sides.” (Photo: USA Today Sports)

U.S. Reps Recognized for Support of Change the Mascot Campaign during USET Conference

From a Press Release Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter Monday recognized U.S. Representatives Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) at the opening session of the 2014 United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) Impact Week conference in Washington, D.C.   


I was reading about creepy Native American legends because I love creepy/morbid stuff and I was pretty surprised there was nothing about Stone coats

Brief background:
Stone Coat (Atnayalho in Oneida) is a rock giant in Iroquoian tribes. In some tribal traditions there is only one Stone Coat, while in others, there is a whole race of them. Stone Coats are descibed as being about twice as tall as humans, with their bodies covered in rock-hard scales that repel all normal weapons. They are associated with winter and ice, and they hunt and eat humans. In some legends Stonecoats were once human, and became cannibal monsters as a curse punishing them for evil deeds, like the Windigos in Ojibwa mythology. In other legends Stonecoats were never human, but were a tribe of primordial man-eating monsters.

O’slu:ní Tah^:né: (White people came)

Story told by William House.

Tshikeksáh wakathu:té: k^s latikalatúhyuhe’ shayá:tat ne:ne: ka’i:k^ wahaka:látu’ yu:kwé yak^’ wa’yosl^htáks^ ot ok náhte utkátho tayo’klá:ne kanyatalá:ke:. Tahnu tho kelhi:tú okhale ot ok náhte owiskehle’ ni:yót tho teyonataw^li. Tho nutayawenyháti’ tsi’ nu nihatinákle’ ne’n l^nukwehu:wé. Ne’oni’ yewahnehkwanú:ne tsi’ nu nihatinákle’. Thok ni:kú utho:lí: okhna’ ne:wa’ k^heye yukwehuk^. E:só wahnunuhtuhyukó. Ne’n latikwa:n^:se’ nok tsi’ yah kwi ne: thyehotíhe ot úhte náhte k^tune’ tsi’ náhte wa’yosl^htáks^. Tóhka niyohslá:ke ohna’k^:ke n^ k^:tho tsah^:née o’slu:ní:. N^kwi ne: yahatíhewe’ oh náhte né k^:túhe tsi náhte yosl^htaks^u yawe’towa n^ yohslá:ke.

When I was young I would hear them tell stories. One told this story of a woman who they say dreamt that she saw something floating on the ocean, and there were trees and something white moving about. It was coming close towards where the Oneidas live. It was going to swallow up where the lived. When she told this much, the woman died. The chiefs thought about it quite a bit, but they did not figure out the meaning of what she dreamt. Several years later the white people arrived. Then they figured out what was the meaning of what she had dreamt many years before.

Sandra Wescott-Gauthier’s “Iroquois Raised Beadwork” at the Woodland Art Market. This style originated with the Haudenosaunee tribes in 1850. In the 1990s, a movement began, to revive traditional raised beadwork on the Oneida reservation in Wisconsin. Sandra was a part of this movement from the beginning and is now a recognized teacher.


Wampum: Memorializing the Spoken Word

“From ancient times to the present, Wampum – a sacred substance that many believe has a healing presence – attests to the truth, importance and significance of a message.
To the Oneida Nation’s forefathers, wampum was a symbolic material linked to the Peacemaker’s founding of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. When beads were collected into strands or woven together as belts, the wampum stood for the authority of a spoken message.
To the Oneidas today, wampum contains the wisdom of their ancestors, from the Peacemaker to the present. It represents the Oneidas and memorializes their rich history. Wampum represents an agreement to hold onto traditions because history and laws are wrapped up in it.
Any statement not accompanied by wampum was likely to be false or trivial. A very important message, such as a treaty, required a large amount of wampum often in the form of a belt. The words of the message were so closely associated with wampum that, after being “read into” the shell fabric, the words could be recalled by viewing the wampum object. Wampum also, therefore, was a memory aid”. (Via Oneida Indian nation)

Orenda or iarenda (as it’s also referred too as) is a word that means “spiritual energy” in the Huron (Wyandot) language, and has often been used to refer to gods and spirits in both Huron-Wyandot and other Haudenosaunee tribes. However, the Orenda is most commonly referred to as the Creator.
Across the Haudenosaunee tribes, the concept of Orenda had various other names, Such as orenna or karenna by the Mohawk, Cayuga and Oneida and urente by the Tuscarora.


On Tuesday NBA Commissioner Adam Silver put the hammer down hard on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, banning him for life from the league and fining him $2.5 million for derogatory racial comments he made.

According to Pro Football Talk, one former NFL team executive suggested that Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder welcomed the distraction from the ongoing scrutiny of his team’s public and – in the opinion of some – racist team name. 

And on Tuesday evening, the Oneida Indian Nation, who have been on a mission to force Snyder to change the teams name, applauded the NBA for their handling of Sterling’s rant and also had some advice for the NFL on how to handle the Redskins issue.

“By banning Clippers owner Donald Sterling, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and other NBA team owners have taken a courageous stand against racism in professional sports, acknowledging that professional leagues must not be a platform to promote bigotry,” the Oneida Nation said in a released statement. “In taking such appropriate disciplinary action, the NBA has shown other leagues, including the NFL, that they have a moral responsibility to take disciplinary action against people like Washington owner Dan Snyder, who also continues to proudly promote bigotry by using a dictionary-defined racial slur as his team’s name.” 

The situations, on the surface, are very different and it’s unlikely that today’s ruling by the NBA will at all aid in the NFL making a decision to punish Snyder if he doesn’t change the teams’ name. But league officials and Snyder (although he says he’ll never change the name) both will have to make a decision soon about how to handle the situation, as it seems to not only reflect bad overtones on the Redskins, but also on the NFL. (Photo: Associated Press)

ONEIDA INDIAN NATION WANTS TO MEET WITH ALL 32 NFL OWNERS - Characterizing their meeting with the NFL about their disapproval of the use of Redskins by the Washington franchise as disappointing, representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation requested a meeting with all 32 NFL owners during Super Bowl week.

They hope to persuade the other team owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell to put pressure on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to drop the nickname they find offensive.

“Given the way the meeting transpired,” Ray Halbritter, an Oneida representative and leader of the “Change the Mascot Campaign,” said Wednesday, “it became somewhat evident they were defending the continued use of the name. Of course, we’re disappointed.”

The Oneidas asked Goodell and Snyder to “visit our homelands,” and sought an amendment to league bylaws to prohibit franchises from naming a team with any term that is a racial epithet. Halbritter says the dictionary defines the word `redskins’ precisely that way.

And Halbritter’s group asked Goodell to “use his power to bring Snyder before the league executive committee for possible sanctions” should the team continue to use the name.

The NFL released a statement about the meeting, which Goodell did not attend. The NFL was represented by senior vice president Adolpho Birch, and executive vice presidents Jeff Pash and Paul Hicks. Pash is the league’s general counsel.

“We met at the request of Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Nation,” the statement said. “We listened and respectfully discussed the views of Mr. Halbritter, Oneida Nation Wolf Clan Representative Keller George and their colleagues as well as the sharply differing views of many other Native Americans and fans in general. The meeting was part of an ongoing dialogue to facilitate listening and learning, consistent with the commissioner’s comments earlier this year.”

Many of the Oneidas’ requests were contained in a letter handed to the NFL representatives at the meeting.

Halbritter sees it as offensive and demeaning.

In a letter to Goodell, he said the Change the Mascot campaign sought to “finally halt the destruct effects of the R-word on our people and Native peoples everywhere. Additionally, as financial sponsors of the league, we are concerned that the league’s marketing of a racially derogatory term undermines the NFL’s ability to be a unifying force in America.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the Oneida Indian Nation is not a league sponsor. The Oneida Indian Nation sponsors the Bills and the Wisconsin tribe of the Oneida nation does have a sponsorship deal with the Packers.

The Oneida Indian Nation, which has approximately 1,000 enrolled members, is one of 566 federally recognized sovereign Native American nations, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior/Indian Affairs.

Oneida Nation Says ‘Redskins’ Efforts to Discredit its Leadership Will not Work

From a Press Release Last week, the Oneida Indian Nation responded to a March 16 report suggesting that Washington’s NFL team and its supporters have attempted to discredit opponents of their offensive mascot only to be told by other Native American leaders that the name should change. Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative and the leader of the Change the Mascot movement, has come under personal attack for publicly urging the team to drop a name which is a dictionary-defined racial slur.