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Keep treaty protected lands with Native hands!
You are invited to support an online fundraiser to save the Cayuga SHARE Farm in the interest of the traditional leadership of Cayuga (Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ- People of the Pipe), a sovereign nation of the Haudenosaunee confederacy. It is an urgent need to ensure that Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ traditional leadership can retain the deed to the SHARE Farm, the only agricultural land which the traditional people currently have stewardship rights to within their homeland.
Donations made through Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming will be used to ensure the farm continues to be place for education, healing, and Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ culture. Our deadline is is April 16th, 2021.
Our total fundraising goal on GoFundMe is $125,000. In the event the donations from this fundraiser cannot ensure the SHARE Farm is held by the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ, your donations will be used for the purposes of rematriating Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ elsewhere within the people's traditional homeland. Please donate directly to the GoFundMe or Groundswell Center.
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Save Cayuga SHARE Farm Facebook Auction
A team of allies is collecting donations of crafts of all kinds, artisanal clothing, art pieces, gift baskets, jewelry, services pro bono, etc. for an online auction to raise funds for the Cayuga SHARE Farm fundraiser.
You can submit items until noon on February 26th. If you are able to take your own photos, please share them with a description of your submission, as well as the estimated value of your auction gift.
For contact info, to see items, and bid when the auction goes live, click the "Facebook Auction" below!
Dates to Remember
February 24th at 6 pm to preview
February 26th at 6 pm to bid
February 28th at 7 pm, auction winners announced
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 Cayuga Chief)
The return of land “is an historic moment for the Cayuga people and all of the Haudenosaunee,"
– Joe Heath
(Legal Counsel to Traditional Cayuga Chiefs and Clan Mothers)
Support the Cayuga SHARE Farm
Clanmother Birdie Hill, annual peach tree plantings, and other SHARE Farm memories
Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ and Sovereignty
This fundraiser hosted here supports saving the Cayuga SHARE Farm in the interest of the traditional Cayuga (Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ- People of the Pipe), a sovereign nation of the Haudenosaunee confederacy. It is an urgent need to ensure that Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ traditional leadership of chiefs and clan mothers can keep SHARE Farm, the only agricultural land to which the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ currently have within their people’s homeland.
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, Cayuga County is claiming, in spite of treaty law, 15 years of unpaid property taxes against the Cayuga SHARE Farm without notifying the traditional chiefs and clan mothers. The total amount demanded by the county is $126,000. The deadline to raise funds in order to keep the farm is April 16th, 2021. 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 farm resides in a NYS-determined “reservation area”, the traditional leadership can and will use legal means to prevent the county’s tax claims in the future. If the traditional people lose the SHARE Farm, they also lose educational and cultural opportunities through another separation from their land. Indigenous sovereignty and government needs a homeland in order to function. Because taxing Haudenosaunee nations is against treaty law, the tax claim made by Cayuga County is not legally defensible. However, at this stage in the legal process, raising funds to pay off the tax claim is the only viable means for Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ to maintain their rights to the farm. Having land 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 Cayuga SHARE Farm. Your donation will ensure that this land continues to be used for education and cultural survival.
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.
SHARE 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).