Tribal meeting at tribal headquarters Sat April 11, 2015 at 11:00am
Tonya Gonnella Frichner, Esq. Gowanahs, Snipe Clan name, a citizen of the Onondaga Nation, Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, Hauden-osaunee. Ms. Gonnella Frichner, the eldest of eight children of Henry and Maxine Nolan Gonnella. A global indigenous leader and President and Founder of the American Indian Law Alliance (AILA), since 1989. AILA is a Non-Governmental Organization in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Ms. Gonnella Frichner was a lawyer, activist and professor of American Indian history and law, Federal Indian Law, and anthropology and human rights for over twenty years. Ms. Gonnella Frichner taught at the City College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and Manhattanville College for eight years, as well as CUNY Hunter College and New York University. Ms. Gonnella Frichner also served as an Associate Member of Columbia’s University Seminar on Indigenous Studies.
Ms. Gonnella Frichner, worked closely with global Indigenous leadership, as well as the Onondaga Nation and the Haudenosaunee. She devoted her life to the pursuing of the right to self-determination, sovereignty, treaty rights, and individual and collective rights for Indigenous Peoples.
Ms. Gonnella Frichner was appointed as the North American Regional Representative for a three year term from 2008-2010, to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), by the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), an advisory body to the ECOSOC. In that position, her mandates included: human rights, economic and social development, environment, health, education and media. Ms. Gonnella Frichner was nominated by Indigenous Nations, Peoples and Non-Governmental Organizations to the position for her work in the international arena. During that time, Ms. Gonnella Frichner served as Vice-Chairperson as well as the Special Rapporteur for the “Preliminary study of the impact on indigenous peoples of the international legal construct known as the Doctrine of Discovery,” (E/C.19/2010/13), submitted to the UNPFII, Ninth Session, 2010. She has served as an active participant and legal and diplomatic counsel to Indigenous delegations in virtually all United Nations international fora affecting Indigenous Peoples especially during the drafting, negotiations and passage of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), overwhelmingly adopted in December 2007 (A/RES/61/295) by the UN General Assembly. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) sets the minimum standard for the survival, dignity and individual and collective rights of Indigenous Peoples globally.
Ms. Gonnella Frichner has received many distinguished awards for her service. Most recently, she received the Drums Along the Hudson award in June 2014, shared with the Honorable David N. Dinkins, the 106th Mayor of New York City. Other awards include the Harriet Tubman Humanitarian Award, the Thunderbird Indian of the Year Award, the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, the American Indian Community House International Service Award, the SilverCloud Singer Outstanding Service Award for advancing Indigenous Youth, the Ms. Foundation Female Role Model of the Year, which was shared with author J.K. Rowlings and others, The Mosaic Council, Inc. Visionary Award for Making a Difference, which was shared with entertainer Queen Latifah, the New York County Lawyers Association Award for Outstanding Public Service, the Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa O’Peqtaw Metaehmoh – Flying Eagle Woman Fund for Peace, Justice, and Sovereignty Award, the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team Recognition, a City of Philadelphia proclamation in honor of United Nations Day and Ms. Gonnella Frichner’s work to “promote the rights for native people around the world,” recognition from the Temple of Understanding, recognition from the Beacon Two Row Wampum Festival, and the Alston Bannerman Fellowship.
Ms. Gonnella Frichner co-founded the Global Indigenous Women’s Caucus, together with Ms. Tia Oros Peters (Zuni), Executive Director of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, and Ms. Esmeralda Brown, President of the Southern Diaspora Research and Development Center.
Ms. Gonnella Frichner served on several boards of directors including serving as the Chairperson of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, the City University of New York School of Law Board of Visitors, the Interfaith Center of New York, the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action, the Seven Eagles Corporation, the Flying Eagle Women Fund for Peace, Justice and Sovereignty, the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism, the Boarding School Healing Project, and the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team, the official national team of the Haudenosaunee since 1984. It is a Federation of International Lacrosse member nation and World Lacrosse Championship medalists. Ms. Gonnella Frichner authored a number of articles and papers on Indigenous Peoples and was working on two books, including an autobiography. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University of New York and graduated magna cum laude in 1980, she earned a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York School of Law in 1987 and a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Colby College, Waterville in Maine in 2012.
In September 2014 United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon quoted Ms. Gonnella Frichner in his remarks: “A longtime indigenous activist and former member of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Tonya Gonnella Frichner, once said, “Indigenous peoples all speak many different languages but in our meetings, we are speaking one language. Our relationship to Mother Earth is identical.”
Ms. Gonnella Frichner, 67 of Union City, New Jersey began her journey to her Creator on February 14, 2015 and is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, University Professor and Fashion Institute of Technology Herb Frichner, and their son Jason M. Frichner (Eva), Assistant Vice-President of Marketing for the Hanes Corporation. Ms. Gonnella Frichner is also survived by her sisters, Nannette Gonnella (Carol), Jacquelyn Gonnella Thomas, and Kimberley Gonnella Tobian (Brian); brothers, Henry Gonnella, Jr., Michael Gonnella, Thomas Gonnella (Lucia) and Christopher Gonnella; her beloved nieces, Betty Lyons (Tadodaho Sidney Hill) and Maya Thomas; nephews, David Tobian and Matthew Gonnella and several nieces and nephews. Ms. Gonnella Frichner held dear to her heart the AILA staff that supported her work, Chief of Staff, Murrielle Borst-Tarrant (Kuna/Rappahanock Nations) and Research & Policy Adviser, Roger Drew. She was predeceased by her father, Henry L. Gonnella in 1993 and her mother, Maxine Nolan Gonnella in 2003.
Calling hours will be held at the Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home, Inc. located at 2584 Field Lane, LaFayette, NY 13084 on Tuesday, February 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 18 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home and 11 a.m. at the longhouse. Interment to be in the Onondaga Nation Cemetery located on Route 11A.
Donations can be made to the American Indian Law Alliance to carry on Tonya’s important work. For more info on donations email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To express sympathy please visit ballweg-lunsford.com
Date of Death: February 14, 2015
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Requesting volunteers to assist with a new stove installation at the Tribal Office, this Saturday @ 9am. Please come and show your support for the tribe.
Update: The next general tribal meeting will be February 14th. Leadership meeting @ 11am and the general meeting is 1pm at the tribal office in Mahwah.
*Leadership is anyone AND everyone who has held a leadership role, ie ..committee, clan chief, etc.
The Tribal building is closed on New Year’s Eve and the Tribal Rolls are officially closed until further notice. Any applications received as of January 1st 2015 will not be processed until the Rolls reopen. The Genealogy Office is closed and there won’t be anyone there to receive any genealogy calls or emails. Please don’t send any applications, because there is a possibility that they will get lost during the Genealogy office closure.
Annual Brook Church Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner November 14 5:00 PM $10.00 Each.
Nii ndushiinzi Sasha (Karen Hunter) waak Neeka shiinzuw Steven Secka.
How many of you are ready for the brand new season premiere of Ramapough Lunaape Nation’s language classes? We are happy to see a lot of eager students out there.
I know you’ll all be excited to learn that the dates for the next TWO classes have already been set!!!
Nov 15 & Dec 6th
The Lunaape Language Teachers Dream Team Comeback Tour starts Nov 15th.
Unfortunately, Steven Secka has a previous commitment so he won’t be teaching the Nov 15th class. Both Steven & I will be there for the final class for 2014 on Dec 6th, so we hope to see you all there.
We are eager to start teaching Lunaape to anyone who wants to learn.
I would like to say xwat anushiik to everyone for their understanding & support. During the past year I have taken time off to take care of my parents. Unfortunately, nine months ago today my father passed away and I needed some personal time.
PS – There will be a prize for each student who brings a friend to class.
I hope everyone is planning to attend at least ONE of the last TWO classes of 2014. I can’t wait to see all of my Ramapough family!!!
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Resolution to oppose Proposal 1 Redistricting constitutional amendment
WHEREAS the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has long advanced the causes of civil rights and equal opportunity, especially in regards to voter access to fair democracy;
WHEREAS the NAACP strongly supports redistricting reform to end unfair partisan gerrymandering practices that marginalize and disenfranchise communities of color;
WHEREAS there is a constitutional amendment before New York State voters on November 4th which creates a Redistricting Commission—appointed by legislative party leaders—that isn’t independent or impartial (Proposal 1);
WHEREAS Proposal 1 relies on cosmetic changes and locks-in unfair partisan practices, and will roll back the ban on prison-based gerrymandering that we fought so hard to achieve;
WHEREAS Proposal 1 will institutionalize into the state constitution the cracking and packing that has divided minority communities, resulting in under representation in the State Senate;
RESOLVED that the NAACP NYS conference strongly urges voters across the state to reject this amendment and vote no on Proposal 1 on November 4th.
Adopted: October 11, 2014 NAACP NYS Conference Assembly
- Scottie Coads, Chair Civic Engagement Department
Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, President NAACP NYS Conference
TURN BALLOT OVER – VOTE NO!
THEN CAST YOUR VOTE!
Today was a super day of comraderie and good times… Joe Carver ….Little Sun Hick..Stephen Leonardo and Chief PerrySpent an enjoyable afternoon helping to heal the trees on are ceremonial land by covering thier badly exposed roots with nutritious fresh soil….
Hoping more Ramapough and friends join us going forward as we have some exciting projects coming up..
Come on down , bring a chair and relax …
It might just be your imput that makes everything work best.
As part of the Native American celebration events for November 2014, the RCC Native American Heritage Committee is sponsoring Dr. Walter Chuck Stead, an award-winning local environmentalist and social ecologist, who will give a lecture in the Ellipse on Tuesday, November 4th from 11:00-12:30 on Native American traditional healing ways and practices. We invite you and your students to join us in this enlightening and educational experience as we explore the ecological bounty of our native Rockland, NY and Bergen, NJ regions.
A New Old Way: Traditional Healing Knowledge in a Contemporary Time
“Dr. Chuck Stead will be presenting a lecture on the role Traditional Ecological Knowledge plays in ecological restoration and community among our indigenous neighbors. Stead, a life-long resident of the Ramapo region, has been working with the Ramapough Munsee Nation in their struggle to recover from Ford Motor Company pollution of the watershed. A professor with Ramapo College of Mahwah New Jersey and an environmental educator with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Dr. Stead continues to research and write on the intersection of Traditional Knowledge and Academic Scholarship.”
** Be sure to tell your students about our upcoming November 13th trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Bowling Green, New York City – come join us! (Posters and flyers are up around the campus and an email invite to the campus will go out shortly)**
The Ramapough Lunaape Nation
Will be celebrating our survival, our love for the
Land and each other on Sunday October 19th
We celebrate: Our right to pray as human Beings as it was given before time
We celebrate: Our ceremonial land being made tax exempt
We will hold a healing ceremony for the trees and the Earth
(They need You)
We ask All of the Friends of the Ramapough to join Us.
We celebrate: your friendship
Bring a Plate, Bring some Beans, Bring some Horse Shoes or a Smile but most importantly Bring Yourself.
ENJOY YOUR LAND AND YOUR PEOPLE
COME and SHARE Your Laughter and Your Sorrow
Celebrate our Lives
THAT ALL MAY LIVE IN A REAL REAL GOOD WAY: Sashem Maqua
Location: 95 Halifax Road , Mahwah , New Jersey Across from Ramapo College
Weather permitting otherwise we will meet at the building
Its quiet as I sit here alone pondering the loss of two wonderful women in just a week. One quiet and always emanating love to were you could nearly touch it, Grace(DeFreese) Van Dunk and the other a bit more effervescent, filled with a love for life, a big smile and a hardy laugh, Laurie (Milligan) Boyd.
Two young beautiful Women who now sit with the Creator, two beautiful young women with wonderful warm smiles who will be remembered always in those special moments when the creator allows us a glimpse of his majesty it will be then as the sun warms a cheek or rustles a leaf that we will remember them with love in our hearts, with bowed heads and perhaps a tear. You will be missed Grace DeFreese Van Dunk and Laurie Milligan ,you will be greatly missed…
Thank You for allowing me to know your kindness …
Chief Perry (Dwaine)
The Tribal Roll will re-open on October 01, 2014 and remain open until December 31, 2014. After December 31, 2014 the Roll will remain closed until the new Administration is able to select a new Genealogy Committee and make some changes to the Enrollment Process. Please note that the new Enrollment Process will also include an Enrollment Fee for all new applicants and the amount will be decided and posted on the Website when the Roll is opened again.
Currently any member that has lost or misplaced their Tribal Card can send in a request for a Replacement Card along with a $10.00 money order to cover the cost of processing the Replacement Card. You will also have to send a stamped self-addressed envelope along with your request to mail you Replacement Card back to you.
New Applicants, from October 01, 2014 to December 31, 2014, there will be no New Enrollment Fee. If you have access to a computer you can scroll down to the end of the Home Page and under the column “BlogRoll” click on the Tribal Enrollment Application link and download a PDF copy of the Enrollment Application. Anyone that needs an application mailed to them must send in a stamped self-addressed envelope requesting the application be mailed to them. Anyone living within the Tribal Building area can always go the building and pickup applications if needed.
The enrollment application is two pages that must be fill-out completely, all three (3) columns on the first page, and one of your ancestors must have one of the qualify Ramapough surnames and born before 1940. The qualifying surnames are (Castelonia, Conklin, De Freese, De Groat, Dennison, Jennings, Mann, Milligan, Morgan, Perry, Powell, Sisco). Your ancestor with one of the qualifying surnames must be found in the 1900 United States Census Records living in one of the qualifying New Jersey or New York areas. The application also must include you telephone number and email address if you have one, so we can reach you if needed.
All new applicants must send in a copy (not the original) of their birth certificate, and the certificate must have their qualifying Ramapough Parent(s) name on it. No Birth Certificate will be accepted if it does not have this information on it. If you have a birth certificate without your parent(s) name, then you will have to order a new one with the names on it.
You must also send in a stamped self-addressed envelope along with the application to send your new Tribal Card to you, if your application is approved. If your application is not approved it will be returned to you in the envelope.
The Tribal elections are complete. The results are as follows:
Tribal Chief: Dwaine Perry
Wolf Clan rep: Charlene De Freese
Marten Band Rep: Joseph Mathis
Turkey Band Rep: John Bragg
Waywayanda Band Rep: Floyd Hicks
The Election Committee wishes to congratulate the winners and thank all who participated in putting on this election, especially all of the volunteers who spent hours making sure everything was done in a fair and honest way.
Chief Dwaine Perry
Sub-Chief Vincent Mann
Deer Clan Chief – Still Pending
Turtle Clan Chief – Still Pending
Wolf Clan Chief – Charlene De Freese
Paterson Turkey Band Chief – Johny Bragg
Staten Island Martens Band Chief – Richard De Groat Thomas, Joseph Mathis (2) Candidates
Waywayanda Band Chief – Floyd Hicks