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URGENT DEMONSTRATION 9/20 IN ALBANY, NY TO HELP ONEIDA NATION FAMILIES (english)
17 Sep 2002
JOIN US THIS FRIDAY AT 12:00PM NOON AS WE DEMONSTRATE IN FRONT OF THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION IN ALBANY, NY TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THESE INDIGENOUS ONEIDA FAMILIES WHO FACE EVICTION AND THE DEMOLITION OF THEIR HOMES. IN DOING SO WE HOPE TO BRING ATTENTION TO THEIR DAILY STRUGGLE AGAINST OPPRESSION AND CULTURAL GENOCIDE
URGENT DEMONSTRATION 9/20 IN ALBANY, NY TO HELP ONEIDA NATION FAMILIES

JOIN US THIS FRIDAY AT 12:00PM NOON AS WE DEMONSTRATE IN FRONT OF THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION IN ALBANY, NY TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THESE INDIGENOUS ONEIDA FAMILIES WHO FACE EVICTION AND THE DEMOLITION OF THEIR HOMES. IN DOING SO WE HOPE TO BRING ATTENTION TO THEIR DAILY STRUGGLE AGAINST OPPRESSION AND CULTURAL GENOCIDE.

DIANE SHENANDOAH A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE ONEIDA WILL BE COMING TO ALBANY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE STRUGGLE, AND TO DELIVER A LETTER FROM THE FAMILIES AT THE TERRITORY TO GOVERNOR PATAKI.

Background Info:

The last remaining traditional native families on the 32 acre Oneida Indian territory in Central New York are facing the immediate threat of eviction, the demolition of their homes, and the end to their traditional ways and culture. For years, these Oneida families have fought the daily assault on their homes and their lives by the illegitimate (and backed by the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs) tribal leadership of Ray Halbritter. Halbritter, a Harvard educated businessman, has incorporated the tribe and owns and operates Turning Stone Resort, the largest casino in New York State. While his casino brings in $3 million a day, and he collects a hefty annual salary as CEO of Oneida Nation Inc., most Oneida live in dire poverty.

Danielle Shenandoah, her sisters, and Maise Shenandoah (an Oneida clan mother), are among the last remaining families that reside on the sovereign territory. Since 1995 when 200 Oneida people chose to speak out against Halbritter, he has locked the traditional longhouse, closed the community food bank, and cutoff hundreds of Oneida from the tribal rolls, stripping them of their benefits and taking away their rights. Halbritter has also replaced the traditionally matrilineal system of self-governance with an authoritarian patriarchal and illegal, men's council.

Already 13 homes have been destroyed and the remaining resisting families are continually harassed by a non-native police force formed by Halbritter. Danielle Shenandoah and her three children face immediate eviction and are under 24-hour surveillance. Both native and non-native supporters (at the request of the Oneida) have set up a peace camp in front of Danielle's trailer to protect the family from eviction and the demolition of their home. So far a strong presence by many people from across the U.S., Canada, and Germany and strong show of resistance has held off the destruction of the last few homes, but more support is still urgently needed.

We hope to bring attention to this struggle happening right here in New York State by demonstrating in front of Governor Pataki's home and showing him that people know the truth about Ray Halbritter and his oppression of the Oneida people. So please come out and support this important cause.

For further information please check the web site:

www.oneidasfordemocracy.org
or call Danielle Shenandoah: (315) 361-4346

Albany contacts:

The Free School: (518) 434-3072 (daytime)
The Ironweed Collective: (518) 436-0929 (anytime)

**Housing and Food will be available if needed**
See also:
www.oneidasfordemocracy.org
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