When: May 18, 2019 - June 18, 2019
We are Defend Ohi:yo' in onondowa;ga' gawa:no (People of the Great Hill, Seneca language) we are Deyögwë;nega:nyadö (we who defend the waters) a grassroots organization formed in the defense of an attack made upon the Ohi:yo' (good/Allegany River). We look to raise awareness and bring together those of like mind, to become of the collective mind, ga;nigöiyo:h (the good mind).
Defend Ohi:yo' is planning a canoe journey to begin with a sunrise/full moon ceremony at the apex of the Triple Divide near Coudersport, PA on May 18, 2019. We plan to reach our destination on the Summer Solstice June 18, 2019 and arrive at the World Peace & Prayer Day gathering at Ft. Ancient near Cincinnati, Ohio.
We will enter the water close to the site of a once proposed fracking waste water treatment plant, which we defeated one year ago. We will travel to High Banks Campgrounds for a social and picnic. Then we will continue on to Pittsburgh for our next gathering at the headwaters of the Ohio River.
We will continue down the Ohio River to the Little Miami River to arrive for World Peace & Prayer Day, being organized by Arvol Looking Horse and his wife Paula Hornem. We have chosen to do this to bring awareness to our cause as we continue to fight a serpent attempting to come upon our ancestral lands: the Northern Access Pipeline.
This is a journey we do not want to take alone an invite all to come along. We hope to have representation from each nation of the confederacy travel as a delegation as some may continue on to Alcatraz Island commentating the 50th anniversary of occupation by Akwesasne Mohawk Richard Oakes and the Red Power movement.
Our journey will draw attention to our goal to gain the “Rights of Nature” recognition for the Ohi:yo'. We proclaim these rights and will travel in their recognition. This acknowledgement is stated in our thanksgiving address where we give thanks to the people, our mother, the waters and all of creation as an equal.
All a welcome to join us on our journey as we Paddle with Peace and Prayer for Water Protection. All proceeds to fund purchase of gear, safety equipment, communications tools, and food and water for our journey. We will also employ a ground crew to follow us to prepare our camps. Upon this journey we will document our quest and you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
We thank you for your donation and look forward to meeting you at the water’s edge near Fort Ancient at World Peace & Prayer Day on June 18, 2019.