February 19, 2012
Many times the Onondaga Nation Council receives visitors and is in the position to discuss the importance of treaties. The Haudenosaunee has made three treaties with the United States; Treaty of Fort Stanwix 1784, Treaty of Fort Harmer 1789, and The Canandaigua Treaty of 1794. The Council explaines that in the Constitution of the United States, it states that treaties are the supreme law of the land. In 1794, President George Washington continued government to government relations with the Haudenosaunee by signing an historic peace treaty with the Haudenosaunee. It states:
There will be peace and friendship between the two nations.
United States will never claim the same (lands), nor disturb them or their friends.
The lands will remain theirs unless they desire to sell to the United States.
That when there is a problem, representatives from the United States and the Haudenosaunee will meet to preserve our peace and friendship.
Let’s continue to to honor the treaty.
Click to read the Canandaigua Treaty.