| Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Oren Lyons, PhD; Tadodaho of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chief Sidney Hill; Suzan Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee), guest curator of Nation to Nation; Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the National Museum of the American Indian; and Jim Gardner, executive for Legislative Archives, Presidential Programs, and Museum Programs at the National Archives, unveil the Treaty of Canandaigua of 1794, on loan to the museum. |
Image Courtesy of the Kevin Wolf and the National Museum of the American Indian Blog.
The National Museum of the American Indian Blog has written an interesting post about the recent loan of the 1794 Treaty with the Six Nations for the exhibition of Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations. This treaty is "one of the earliest negotiated between Native Americans and the U.S. government under the Constitution".
"The two parties wished to confirm the peace between them and to secure their respective interests. Working together, the Six Nations—Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora—sought to recover lands in New York State they had lost to the United States following the Revolutionary War. The United States wanted Native lands in Ohio and assurances that the Haudenosaunee would not ally themselves with the Ohio tribes against the U.S. Army. "
For more information,
- Treaty with the Six Nations, 1794.
- Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler.
- Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations.
- National Museum of the American Indian
- Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations
- Nation to Nation Exhibit Catalog