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Support the rematration efforts of the traditional Gayogohó:nǫ˺ people on Gayogohó:nǫ˺ land
Due to the incredible support of so many of you, the traditional Gayogohó:nǫ˺ leadership are able to save the Cayuga SHARE Farm. We cannot thank you enough. This type of healing cooperation carries on the spirit of the farm as we work together for a better future. We also want to take space to thank Groundswell Center for their sponsorship of the fundraiser to save the Cayuga SHARE Farm.
Unfortunately, the SHARE Farm is not the only urgent concern of the traditional Gayogohó:nǫ˺ Chiefs, Clan Mothers and citizens. While the SHARE Farm was the first land rematriated with the Gayogohó:nǫ˺, the traditional people also have homes elsewhere within their homeland and the Canandaigua Treaty "box".
We will begin a second fundraiser effort soon, whose charitable purpose is the same as our previous purpose: to support the rematriation of the traditional Gayogohó:nǫ˺ people as they continue their efforts to gain recognition of their sovereignty as a native nation and to support Gayogohó:nǫ˺ cultural security, educational opportunities, and treaty rights.
Gayogohó:nǫ˺ has established new relationships, many friends, and allies during their ongoing endeavor to return to their homeland and not be forced out again. Your generosity and kindness will not be forgotten.
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How close are we?
The Cayuga SHARE Farm Fundraiser has achieved its goal- but we are still accepting donations through GoFundMe to be used for the purposes of supporting rematriation of the traditional people.
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This is a wonderful thing for our people. It gives us a base and a place to call home where we can reestablish ourselves as Cayuga people.
– Chief William Jacobs
(Traditional Gayogohó:nǫ˺ Chief)
The return of land “is an historic moment for the Cayuga people and all of the Haudenosaunee,"
– Joe Heath
(Legal Counsel to Traditional Gayogohó:nǫ˺ Chiefs and Clan Mothers)
Support the traditional Gayogohó:nǫ˺
The SHARE Farm is intended as a place of healing, connection, and nourishment for the traditional Gayogohó:nǫ˺ people. As the farm's primary purpose is to be for the people, this website is a place with intention to support the sovereignty of the Gayogohó:nǫ˺.
Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ and Sovereignty
All fundraising hosted here supports the rematriation efforts of the traditional Cayuga (Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ- People of the Pipe), a sovereign nation of the Haudenosaunee confederacy.
New York State still will not recognize Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ sovereignty and the Bureau of Indian Affairs names Clint Halftown as the Cayuga Nation “tribal representative”. Because of NYS and BIA’s refusals to recognize Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ as a sovereign people, Halftown has been able to establish an illegitimate government, complete with non-Cayuga police force, and has terrorized his own people. Your monetary gift will be used for the purpose of supporting the education, cultural survival, and community development of the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ.
Since the community of fourteen families are a NYS-determined “reservation area”, the people can and use legal means to prevent any action to collect taxes or take deeds by US government entities. Native sovereignty and government needs a homeland in order to function. While there are ongoing efforts to establish NYS recognition of Gayogohó:nǫ˺ sovereignty, at this stage, raising funds to support their legal, physical, and community needs is vital. Maintaining their presence in their homeland is important for the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ people's continued efforts to gain recognition of their treaty rights by NYS and the US, and the security of their cultural freedom as a sovereign nation.
Thank you for your support of the Gayogohó:nǫ˺. Your donation will ensure that the traditional people can continue their rematriation efforts on their homeland for the purposes of education, cultural security, and community development.
The farm’s 70 acres of land (compare this to the estimated 1.9 million acres that is the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ homeland- defined by Owasco Lake to the east, Lake Ontario to the north, Keuka Lake to the west and into what is currently Pennsylvania state to the south), rematriated in 2005, marks a historic land return event in the face of Cayuga Nation’s denied land claim the same year.
This rematriation was possible due to the monetary and organizing efforts of the SHARE (Strengthening Haudenosaunee-American Relations through Education) group. Bernadette “Birdie” Hill, Cayuga Heron Clan Mother, now passed, gave encouragement and inspiration to the members of SHARE.
Birdie told stories of her people thriving before George Washington ordered General Sullivan to burn entire communities, hundreds of acres of orchards and crops and to drive out the people during the Revolutionary War. The Cayuga SHARE Farm is near to the site of Goyogouen (Cayuga Castle, the largest Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ community) and Great Gully, a sacred place of refuge for the Haudenosaunee. The farm became an important place of healing for Haudenosaunee and Americans, and important for cultural and community connections with annual peach tree plantings in the orchard and big picnics during the strawberry moon (June). This farm, on Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ land, is an opportunity to rematriate seeds and give food to the Ǫgwehǫ:weh (native people) in their native soil.