Haudenosaunee People Iroquois Confederation

Oren Lyons: On the Unity of the Earth


Chief Oren Lyons, distinguished member of the United Nations Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival, lectures on what happened to the millions of indigenous people who lived in North and South America when they were “discovered” and the past and present challenges for the Peacemakers. Listen to the first part of the speech below. We also included a short talk from the Sacred Land Film Project.

Oren Lyons - "We Are Part of the Earth"

Oren Lyons – “We are Part of the Earth” from the Sacred Land Film Project. Sacred Land Film Project (SLFP)’s mission is to create and distribute media and educational materials to deepen public understanding of sacred sites, Indigenous cultures and environmental justice. For more information please visit us at http://www.sacredland.org/.

Haudenosaunee People Iroquois Confederation
“The law says if you poison the water, you’ll die. The law says that if you poison the air, you’ll suffer. The law says if you degrade where you live, you’ll suffer… If you don’t learn that, you can only suffer. There’s no discussion with this law.” -Oren Lyons

Oren Lyons, faithkeeper, traditional chief for the Onondaga Nation, Iroquois Confederacy, is co-editor of “Exiled in the Land of the Free.” He teaches Native American history, global Indigenous rights, and international environmental causes. He is professor emeritus of American Studies at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

STORY: Indigenous Voices from the Northeast: Past, Present and Future

The Iroquois, also known as the Haudenosaunee or the “People of the Longhouse,”are a league of several nations and tribes of indigenous people of North America. After the Iroquoian-speaking peoples of present-day central and upstate New York coalesced as distinct tribes, by the 16th century or earlier, they came together in an association known today as the Iroquois League, or the “League of Peace and Power.”

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Originally Published 25 July 2013, Updated 26 April 2024


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