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Treaty of Canandaigua Rededicated 221 Years Later [8 Images]

Members of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee and the U.S. government gathered Nov. 11 to commemorate 221st anniversary of the Treaty of Canandaigua
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Members of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee and the U.S. government gathered November 11 to commemorate the 221st anniversary of the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua.

This treaty brought about peace between the Six Nations—Tuscarora, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Mohawk—and the U.S. government. It also recognizes the sovereignty of the Six Nations while creating a “Chain of Friendship” with the U.S. While there have been violations of the treaty, it is still recognized to this day, and each year the belt is carried through the streets of Canandaigua, New York to the “chosen spot,” which historically was the meeting place between the Haudenosaunee and the U.S., for re-dedication.

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The boulder in front of the Canandaigua courthouse with a plaque explaining it was the site of the last general council of the United States and the Iroquois Confederacy.

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The Hiawatha Belt lower) and the Two Row Belt top).

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College students also carried their banners during the commemoration events.

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Elders preparing to walk to the “chosen spot.” Chief Sam George of the Cayuga Nation, on the left, carries the treaty belt, and with him is Chief Leo Henry of the Tuscarora Nation.

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The Warrior Society flag designed by Louis Hall, Mohawk, flies in the wind while people listen to history and current events being tied together.

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People from the Native and non-Native community coming together for the Treaty of Canandaigua commemoration.

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