The Cayuga Nation needs our support!


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Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Action Fund

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Dear PPGNY supporter, 

The Cayuga Nation needs our support! The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’, also known as the Cayuga Nation, is one of six sovereign nations that make up the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. They reside between the Seneca Nation to the west and the Onondaga Nation to the east in Central NY. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) and Planned Parenthood Central Western New York (PPCWNY) are proud advocates for these communities and a trusted source of health care and medically accurate information.  

The Cayuga people are under the assault of Clint Halftown, the Bureau of Indian Affairs-affirmed representative of the Cayuga Nation, who has a long history of abusing his power with his private police force. In February of 2020, Halftown destroyed a gas station, a longhouse, a schoolhouse, and several other buildings that were vital infrastructure to the traditional Cayuga community. In recent weeks, Halftown has threatened to evict members of the traditional Cayuga community from their homes. The Cayuga have put forth a call for aid- particularly for supporters to camp outside of the at-risk homes to disincentivize any forceful evictions. 

Since May 11th, hundreds of people have shown up, with many volunteers coming out multiple nights to stand guard. The “Solidarity Campers” have been effective in their collective direct action. The actions of solidarity campers “have been working,” said Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ elder Wanda John. 

We are asking our local Planned Parenthood supporters to learn more about this important local human rights issue. How you can help: 

  • Help spread awareness of this important issue, in your circles as well as on your social media: Facebook  // Insta 
  • Support the Cayuga people in this effort by serving as a “Solidarity Camper” yourself or learning more about how you can support Cayuga Nation’s resistance to Clint Halftown. You can sign up to be a Solidarity Camper here. You can learn more and support the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’s Rematriation efforts here. 

In solidarity, 

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York 

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