[TC SURJ] Fw: Save the Cayuga SHARE Farm

Nancy Riffer

Many of us acknowledge that we live and worship on stolen land. How much are we willing to pay in reparations? 

The Cayuga's need our help now to retain the small amount of land they still own. They owe $116,000 for 14 years of back taxes which they had not been made aware of until very recently. The deadline is April 16, 2021.

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From: 'Kim Knight' via Tompkins County SURJ Discussion/Resource <tc-surj@...>
Date: Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 5:16 PM
Subject: [TC SURJ] Fw: Save the Cayuga SHARE Farm
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Please contribute whatever you can to this.

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From: Elizabeth Gabriel <elizabeth@...>
To: Talkingcirc Alum <talking-circle-alumni@...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 04:18:43 PM EST
Subject: [Talking Circle Alum] Save the Cayuga SHARE Farm

The Cayuga SHARE Farm needs to raise $120,000 before April 16th or they will lose the land forever.  

Please share this campaign widely with your networks. 

Visit the Cayuga SHARE Farm website  

This fundraiser supports saving the Cayuga SHARE Farm 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 ensure that Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ traditional leadership of chiefs and clan mothers can keep SHARE Farm, the only land which they currently have stewardship rights to within their people’s homeland. Donations made through Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming will be used to ensure the farm continues to be a place of education, healing, and Haudenosaunee culture.

New York State still will not recognize Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ sovereignty and the Bureau of Indian Affairs names Clint Halftown (who performed acts of terrorism against his own people last year, during the time when he destroyed their businesses, schoolhouse, and gardens) as the Cayuga Nation “tribal representative”. Because of NYS and BIA’s refusals to recognize Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ as a sovereign people, Cayuga County is claiming, in spite of treaty law, 14 years of unpaid property taxes against the Cayuga SHARE Farm without notifying the traditional chiefs and clan mothers. The total amount demanded by the county is $116,000. The deadline to raise funds in order to keep the farm is April 16th, 2021. Your monetary gift will be used for the purpose of supporting the education, cultural survival, and community development of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ traditional people.

Since the farm resides in a NYS-determined “reservation area”, the traditional leadership can and will use legal means to prevent the county’s tax claims in the future. But there is no future for the SHARE Farm if we don’t raise $116,000 by April 16th. If the SHARE Farm is taken, Halftown could consolidate more power while the traditional people lose educational and cultural opportunities through another separation from their land. Indigenous sovereignty and government needs a homeland in order to function. Raising funds to pay off Cayuga County’s tax claim- which is actually not legally defensible, as taxing Haudenosaunee nations is against treaty law- on the Farm is currently the only viable means to keep the farm. Having land is important for the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ traditional leaders' continued efforts to gain recognition of their people's treaty rights by NYS and the US, and the security of their cultural freedom as a sovereign nation.

Our total goal is $120.000 to cover associated taxes and fees.

This fundraiser’s fiscal sponsor is Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming! Groundswell is a 501c3 not for profit. Your donation to support this fundraiser the Cayuga SHARE Farm is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. 

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