Help support the rematriation efforts of the traditional Gayogohó:nǫ˺ people on Gayogohó:nǫ˺ land
You are invited to participate in an online fundraiser held in the interest of the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (Cayuga- People of the Pipe). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ are 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.
Please click the button below to choose the amount of your donation, or to set up a recurring gift. You can also choose to cover the fees for your monetary gift to be processed, which allows your full donation to benefit the cause. GiveGab accepts international donations!
This fundraiser’s fiscal sponsor is Tiny Seed Project! Tiny Seed is a 501c3 not for profit. Your donation to support Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ rematriation and sovereignty is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
The Struggle for Sovereignty
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, 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.
Since the Seneca Falls community of fourteen families live in 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.
The traditional community in Seneca Falls works hard to practice their traditional ways of life. This includes farming (for which their people are famous), learning the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ language, educating their children, and making decisions in keeping with the Great Law of Peace. Their rights as a People includes freedom of disruption and freedom of self-governance. Since Indigenous community includes non-human relations, connection with the earth, waters, plants, and animals is essential. Indigenous relationships are place based.
Thank you for your support of the Gayogohó:nǫ˺. Your donation helps support the purposes of education, cultural security, and community development.
The HalftownMustGo campaign (unaffiliated with gayogohono.org) aims to organize people of the US and is led by non-Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ allies proceeding in daily conversation and relationships of care with the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ community. All US citizens can collectively demand the attention of particular officials in the U.S. government, and for these officials to read the letter written by the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Council of Chiefs in May 2021.
Why take action?
Clint Halftown, the current U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs-recognized representative for the Cayuga Nation, has perpetrated violent acts against Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (Cayuga) citizens. These actions include the overnight demolition of a longhouse, daycare center, businesses, dwellings, gardens and fruit trees, and more. The Cayuga Nation Council of Chiefs, as well as the Clanmothers and citizens to whom they are accountable, have denied Clint Halftown’s ability to speak and act in the name of the Nation.
Halftown is attempting to use legal action to ensure Seneca County sheriffs reinforce the legitimacy of his self-proclaimed “Tribal Court".If the Seneca County sheriffs set a precedent of legitimizing of his “Tribal Court,” it would lay a foundation for Halftown’s to perform future evictions of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ people from their homes on their original territory.
What can you do?
Contact the officials using the contact information and scripts listed below!
Contact Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce to demand he make a public announcement that his office will NOT enforce any judgments that have originated in Clint Halftown’s “Tribal Court.”
FB: Seneca County Sheriff's Office
Use #HalftownMustGo #NoHelpForHalftown
EMAIL: [email protected]
CALL: (315) 539-9241
Script: Hello, this is a message for Sheriff Luce of the Seneca County Sheriff's Office. My name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m calling to demand that you not enforce any judgment against Cayuga Nation citizens, no matter what the Seneca County Court rules. Please make a public announcement that your office will NOT enforce any judgments that have originated in Clint Halftown’s “Tribal Court.”
Contact Kimberly Bouchard, Darryl LaCounte, Bryan Newland (contact information listed below) to insist that they do all in their power to end Bureau of Indian Affairs recognition of Clint Halftown as the “federal representative” of the Cayuga Nation.
Script: Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m insisting that [Official’s name] reads the Cayuga Nation Council of Chiefs’ letter from May 2021 and do everything in his power to ensure the BIA enacts the demands within it, including the revocation of BIA recognition of Clint Halftown as the “federal representative” of the Cayuga Nation. The Council of Chiefs is the rightful governing body of the Cayuga Nation with which all levels of the U.S. government should be engaging in the Nation-to-Nation relationship. This matter is of critical concern to me because in continuing to recognize Halftown, the U.S. government is violating the Two Row Wampum Treaty and the self-determination of the Cayuga Nation. By continuing to recognize the Halftown Council, your office enables and empowers someone who has committed acts of violence against Cayuga Nation citizens, including the destruction of a longhouse.
Kimberly Bouchard (Acting Regional Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Eastern Regional Office)
EMAIL: [email protected]; [email protected]
CALL: (615) 564-6500
FAX: (615) 564-6701
Darryl LaCounte (Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs)
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]
Phone: (202) 208-5116
Fax: (202) 208-6334
Bryan Newland (Department of Interior, Deputy Assistant Secretary- Indian Affairs)
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]
Twitter: @RealBNewland; @USIndianAffairs
Please read below for the original letter by traditional Gayogohó:no' leaders:
Cayuga Nation Council of Chiefs
PO Box 433
Union Springs, New York
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 to 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 and his government or his actions, and have requested him 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
William C. Jacobs
Steven E. Jacobs