Support Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Sovereignty & Rematriation

A fundraising campaign for Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (Cayuga)

Donations made through Tiny Seed Project will be used to ensure the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ can continue their rematriation effort. Please visit www.gayogohono.org



You are invited to support an online fundraiser in the interest of the traditional people of Cayuga (Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ- People of the Pipe), a sovereign nation of the Haudenosaunee confederacy. It is an urgent need to support the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ traditional leadership of chiefs and clan mothers in ensuring the future of the traditional community in their sovereign territory. Donations made through Tiny Seed Project will be used to ensure the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ can continue their rematriation effort; including housing, land and food access, educational opportunities, community development, and cultural security.


New York State still will not recognize Gayogo
̱hó꞉nǫʼ sovereignty and the Bureau of Indian Affairs names Clint Halftown as the Cayuga Nation “tribal representative. Because of NYS and BIAs refusals to recognize Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ as a sovereign people, they continue to meet resistance in their struggle to exist and thrive. In order to support them in their various needs, ongoing access to funds is vital for maintaining housing and legal aid.


Your support of the traditional community helps in their fight to gain recognition of their treaty rights and sovereignty as a Native Nation. Your donation will be used to support the charitable purposes of cultural security, food sovereignty, educational opportunities, and community development. Thank you for your support. Your generosity and kindness will not be forgotten.

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Gayogo̱hónǫʼ (Cayuga) Statement on Halftown Destruction 8-3-22

August 11, 2022

Dear friends of the Gayogo̱hónǫʼ (Cayuga) traditional community in Seneca County NY,

The body of the statement/new release by the Council of Chiefs is below, and has also been circulated to media outlets-

here is a link to the news release in Indian Country Today:


       On the evening of Wednesday August 3, after the demolition of another Cayuga-held property nearby, at

least 20 armed members of the non-Native “Cayuga Nation Police” targeted a farmhouse at the direction of 

Clint Halftown and the Halftown Council. This house was the home of Wanda John, a Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (Cayuga)

elder.


       The armed mercenaries entered without a warrant and hauled Ms. John out of her home so violently that

they injured her. Once outside, the mercenaries threw her to the ground, stepped on her head, and then

zip-tied her wrists together and placed her in a vehicle. The mercenaries forced Ms. John to watch their

destruction of her home: a Halftown Enterprises pay loader demolished all 4 corners of the house, destroying

its structure and rendering it uninhabitable. They also destroyed a barn on the property used by the traditional

Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' community and citizens to gather for their ceremonies, and a garden shed. Ms. John’s injuries

required emergency medical attention.


       Contemporaneous with the demolition of Ms. John’s home, Halftown’s mercenaries attacked another

Indigenous woman (who is a Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' descendant) with “bear spray,” an extremely potent capsaicin-

based weapon. When she arrived at the emergency room, the medical staff did not have knowledge of

effective treatment for capsaicin-related injuries, which prolonged her needless suffering,


       The Halftown Council immediately issued a press release, rife with falsehoods, to put their own spin on

these awful actions. For example, Halftown’s news release claims that the Varick house was unoccupied,

“dilapidated,” and “an eyesore and an unsafe uninhabitable property”. In fact, the Halftown Council has known

for years that Ms. John and several other Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' citizens were living at the Varick house, that traditional

ceremonies were held on the property, and that the house was in good condition- even the Seneca County

attorney, who was on-site during these events, stated that the house “was in good condition” before the

Halftown Council directed its destruction.


       Halftown’s news release also notes that they “ensur[ed] that the residence was unoccupied” prior to its

destruction. This manipulative phrasing avoids the truth: that they violently removed the elder resident before

destroying her home. In reality, the Halftown Council cared so little about safety and security that they did not

even disconnect the electricity or propane lines to the Varick house prior to its haphazard destruction. This

placed all present at risk and required county officials to handle these additional safety violations.  


       Unfortunately, these events are just the latest in ongoing violent demolitions targeting the traditional

community and its citizens, all of which were undertaken at the behest of Clint Halftown and the Halftown

Council. In 2016, the United States’ Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) improperly appointed Mr. Halftown as the 

“federal representative” of the Cayuga Nation, overthrowing the centuries-old traditional governance system

of Chiefs and Clan Mothers.


       The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' Chiefs have informed the BIA numerous times over the past decade-plus that Clint

Halftown and the Halftown Council have been properly removed from any and all leadership positions

(pursuant to their centuries-old dispute resolution mechanisms), including during the time prior to Mr.

Halftown’s recognition as the federal representative. The chiefs have repeatedly and publicly stated that

Mr. Halftown and the Halftown Council have no authority to communicate or interact with the United States

on behalf of the Cayuga Nation. Nevertheless, the BIA continues to stand idle while these attacks on 

Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people persist.


       The traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' community and citizens in Seneca County are extremely concerned that

these demolitions are just the beginning of yet another campaign of destruction ordered by Clint Halftown,

and that their homes and families are likely to be targeted and attacked next.


 

Donations are still needed! In addition, please sign HalftownMustGo's petition.

Thank you for your continued support- please share this information widely with your circles.


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and mail to:
Tiny Seed Inc
Gayogohono Rematriation Support Fundraiser
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E Hardwick, VT 05836


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Urgent News: Gayogo̱hónǫʼ Community Attacked Again- Support needed

August 4, 2022

Dear friends of the Gayogo̱hónǫʼ (traditional Cayuga) in Seneca County NY,

On Wednesday, August 3rd, Clint Halftown ordered another attack against a traditional community member. Armed, non-Native mercenary "police" injured her and another Native woman, as well as destroying a classic farmhouse and a barn, where people have been gathering for community development and ceremonies. This attack is only the most recent of numerous acts of violence perpetrated by Clint Halftown's "Cayuga Nation" Enterprises against his own people.

Please wait for a news release coming soon. We urge you to contact Schumer's DC office: 202-224-6542 and Gillibrand's DC office: 202-224-4451, requesting that they honor the official rejection of Halftown as the Bureau of Indian Affairs Cayuga "tribal representative" by the traditional government of chiefs and clan mothers.

For more information, including the chiefs' official statement and to donate towards the Seneca Falls Gayogo̱hónǫʼ community's legal representation supporting their access to housing, please visit https://gayogohono.org/#learnmore

To donate by check, make payable to:
Tiny Seed Inc, (memo line- "Gayogohono Rematriation Support Fundraiser")
and mail to:
Tiny Seed Inc
Gayogohono Rematriation Support Fundraiser
154 Silver Rd
E Hardwick, VT 05836

Your support has raised 33% of the needed funds! Thank you for your generosity and allyship. Please continue to share this information.

Sign the petition by Halftown Must Go here!





Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Sovereignty and Rematriation update- 26% to the fundraising goal!

February 4, 2022

Dear friends,


Thank you for your generosity in supporting the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (Cayuga) traditional people. Since May 2021, you have given over $20,000 to assist the traditional community in continuing their rematriation efforts. Given that there is still a legal team fighting to keep elders and children in housing through this winter, the fundraising need has increased to $80,000. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Representative Clint Halftown and his employees continue to harass the traditional people and threaten eviction. To learn more, visit gayogohono.org. Supporters are invited to donate by clicking the "give" button on the website. 


International donations are accepted!

The HalftownMustGo campaign, initiated by non-Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ people living on Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ land, is organizing public pressure and calling on the BIA to honor Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ sovereignty and recognize the traditional and rightful governing authority of clan mothers and chiefs. The movement is growing, with New York state residents, town boards, and activist groups denouncing the aggressions against the traditional people perpetrated by the BIA-recognized Nation representative, Clint Halftown. The aim of HalftownMustGo is for the BIA to cease violating the principles of the Two Row Wampum Treaty by ending its recognition of Halftown, so that traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ people can live and carry their values and governance into the future without danger of being attacked. Unfortunately, we can't predict when the BIA will right its past wrongs and help make that happen. HalftownMustGo has a social media presence on Facebook and Instagram. Click here to sign their petition to the BIA, to help reach and surpass the goal of 800 signatures.


                                                       

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Thank you! We are 22% to our goal of $50,000!

October 22, 2021


One week in update- and a message from Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ traditional leadership

May 26, 2021

Good morning! We have reached 4% of our goal in just one week! Your support has raised $2,229 for the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ community. We still have a long way to go, so please share this information widely! Thank you for your support and allyship. 

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PLEASE CONTINUE READING below-
A letter from Gayogohó:no' traditional leadership:


Gayogohó:no' 

Cayuga Nation Council of Chiefs 


PO Box 433 

Union Springs, New York 

13160 


May 15, 2021 


The Cayuga Nation Council of Chiefs, Clanmothers, Faithkeepers, men, women, and children send greetings and are hopeful this letter finds you and your family in good health and spirits in these unprecedented times. 

We would like to bring to your attention a threat that is happening to the traditional Cayuga citizens in the traditional territory of the Cayuga Nation. These residences are in Seneca County, New York, which lies within the traditional territory of the Cayuga Nation. 

In the early morning hours of February 22, 2020, the traditional Cayuga citizens living on the traditional territory awoke to the destruction of their schoolhouse/longhouse along with several residential homes and businesses. This act of violence and destruction was ordered by Clint Halftown. 

The traditional Cayuga citizens living on the homeland are currently facing another crisis. This crisis is in the form of evictions from their residence by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Federal representative Clint Halftown. In the middle of a global pandemic Clint Halftown has issued eviction notices and court dates to the traditional Cayuga citizens. The Cayuga Nation citizens, Chiefs and Clanmothers consider the court established by Halftown as illegitimate. They are also experiencing daily harassment by an equally illegitimate non-Cayuga police force. How is it that a non-Cayuga citizen attempts to physically remove a Cayuga citizen from their traditional territory? 

The Bureau of Indian Affairs recognizes a group led by Federal representative Clint Halftown. Clint Halftown has failed as a Federal representative to the traditional Cayuga citizens. Clint Halftown continues to bring harm, anxiety, and stress to the traditional Cayuga citizens in an already stressful year. 

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has endorsed Clint Halftown as the Federal Representative and his illegitimate government and now they must remove him before he creates more devastation or death to the traditional Cayuga citizens or harm to innocent American citizens. 

The Cayuga Nation Council of Chiefs also state that we do not support Clint Halftown his government or his actions and to cease and desist from using the collective rights of the Cayuga Nation. 

The traditional Cayuga Nation Chiefs reference Article VII of the 1794 Canandaigua Treaty which states, "... complaint shall be made by the party injured, to the other: by the Six Nations or any of them, to the President of the United States." 

The Cayuga Nation Council of Chiefs asks you as leadership within the United States of American to pressure the President or the Bureau of Indian Affairs to seek the immediate removal of Clint Halftown and his government. 

Therefore, we implore upon you to urge your elected representatives to encourage the President to meet with the traditional Cayuga Nation Chiefs to resolve this issue immediately before more violence occurs. 

We would also like to acknowledge and thank our allies that are currently camping at locations of some of the traditional Cayuga citizens. 

Due to the ongoing pandemic the traditional Cayuga Nation Council has been holding virtual meetings. In consultation with the below listed Cayuga Chiefs, it has been determined that Shoyq:we:s and Deskaheh will sign on behalf of the traditional Cayuga Council of Chiefs. 


In peace and friendship, 

Cayuga Nation Council of Chiefs 


Steve Maracle 

Gaji’nǫdáwe̱heh 


Andy Warner 

Gadagwá:sę’


Blake Bomberry 

Hagya’dro̱hne’ 


Roger Silversmith 

Deyohǫwé:tǫ:’


William C. Jacobs 

Hadǫdá:heha" 


Samuel George 

Shoyǫ:we:s 


Steven E. Jacobs 

Deskaheh


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