Save the Cayuga SHARE Farm

elizabeth gabriel elizabethrgabriel at gmail.com
Tue Feb 9 18:25:35 EST 2021


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

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*The fundraiser is live: https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-cayuga-share-farm
<https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-cayuga-share-farm>*

Visit the Cayuga SHARE Farm website  <http://cayugasharefarm.org/>

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.
Elizabeth
Executive Director
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