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INDIGENOUS SACRED STAFFS RECEIVED BY PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES AT UN

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      INDIGENOUS SACRED STAFFS RECEIVED BY PERMANENT FORUM ON
      INDIGENOUS ISSUES AT UN HEADQUARTERS

      http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/pfii/pr16may03.pdf

      New York, 16 May 2003 —Two bundles of Sacred Staffs of the Confederacy
      of the Eagle and the Condor carried on a 500-mile Spiritual Run through th=
      e
      territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy were received at United
      Nations Headquarters on Wednesday, 14 May morning by delegations of
      Indigenous Peoples from around the world attending the second session of
      the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Mr. Wilton Littlechild of the Cr=
      ee
      Nation, and a member of the Permanent Forum, took the Staffs into the
      conference room where the Forum is meeting, where they were received
      ceremonially and placed on the podium. They remained there throughout the =

      day, guarded by the Peace and Dignity runners.

      The Spiritual Runners of the Peace and Dignity Journeys, carrying the Staff=
      s,
      have traversed the continents of North, Central and South America three
      times since 1992, in fulfilment of a traditional mandate of the indigenous=

      nations, known as the Confederation of the Eagle and the Condor. The =

      runners – seven youths and elders, male and female, ranging in age from 14 =

      to 73, began their run at the western door of the Six Nations Confederacy i=
      n
      Towanda, New York. Following the traditional protocol of the Six Nations,=

      they ran to Onondaga over three days, were hosted there, and then ran to t=
      he
      United Nations, where they were received at the gate to the public plaza o=
      n
      14 May by representatives of indigenous nations confederations from around=

      the world. "We have made this journey to the door of the United Nations =

      Headquarters as an assertion of our self-determination, our right to self-=

      definition and spiritual fulfillment as indigenous nations of the Earth," =
      Gustavo
      Gutierrez, coordinator of the Peace and Dignity Journeys for North America=
      ,
      told the Permanent Forum. "The government states of the United Nations
      system may have status as internationally recognized governments, states, =
      or
      government states, but we are the Nations."

      The Spiritual Runners of the Peace and Dignity Journeys have travelled the =

      entire length of North, Central, and South America three times since 1992 =

      carrying the Staffs, in fulfilment of a traditional mandate of the indigen=
      ous
      nations, known as the Confederation of the Eagle and the Condor.

      In 2004, they will travel from Alaska to Kuna Yala, Panama, to bring the St=
      affs
      to a ceremony of peace and unification for the peoples of the world. The =

      Staffs are currently in the care of the Okanagan Nation of British Columbi=
      a,
      Canada. The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, established as an
      advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is meeting at
      United Nations Headquarters from 12 to 23 May. For information on the=

      Permanent Forum, please visit its web site at

      http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/pfii/index.html

      or contact Ellen McGuffie at (212) 9630499,

      e-mail: mcguffie@...
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