Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Our county, Tompkins County of New York State, has declared today officially Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Our orchards (in Schuyler and in Tompkins County) are both on what are the traditional Cayuga Nation lands of the Haudenosaunee.

It is our hope that someday we can be a part of land reparations.  In a small (too small we will admit) step towards that we at Redbyrd Orchard Cider have made a commitment beginning August 20th of 2019 to give a portion of every non-alcohol sale to organizations that work towards preserving  culture and traditional land use ways for the Haudenosaunee (and for farmers of color). We mailed out our first checks today.

We refer often the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign from 2013 and would like to share part of it here:

How can you honor the Two Row Wampum?

(Some ideas for neighbors, friends and allies of Indigenous peoples):

Care for the Earth

Give thanks frequently

Respect and promote Indigenous sovereignty

Learn about treaties between the US and Indigenous nations

Remember that treaties are the Supreme Law of the Land (Article 6 of the US Constitution)

Demand that the US government honor their treaty commitments with native nations

Consider the consequences of your actions for future generations

Resist and question stereotypes about Indigenous peoples

Reject the Doctrine of Discovery

Grow & eat local foods and use native plants in your gardens

Get to know and make friends with your Indigenous neighbors

Slow down and notice where you are, listen more than you talk

Don’t pollute, don’t waste, be environmentally responsible

Work to end global warming

Campaign against hydrofracking

Buy only what you need

Read native authors

Read and promote the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Learn about the people indigenous to wherever you are and their stories

Celebrate and respect cultural differences

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day

Support native craftspeople, businesses and events

Consider what it means to be an ally to Indigenous peoples

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