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Two Row

Neetopk Keetopk
My Friends, Your Friends
Sharing the River of Life

Why Neetopk Keetopk?

Two Row Wampum Treaty Enactment and Neetopk Keetopk
After the Two Row Enactment, Neetopk Keetopk began forming
in the Fall of 2013 into the Spring of 2014.

Preceeding the enactment ...

          After a trial run in the summer of 2012, organizing, fundraising, and planning meetings and events were held in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley [primarily in the New Paltz and Albany areas, as well as in Pine Hill], in addition to the efforts of the Onondaga and the Haudenosaunee.
          The Onondaga and the Haudenosaunee were officially welcomed in ceremony, in the person of Jake Edwards, Onondaga Keeper of Wampum Belts, to the land of the Muhheakannuck by Etaoqua, M'hooquethoth of the Watunxis Esopus and the M'hiacanuk proper, the Muhheakannuck Nations at Nu Schodack on Jan.13, 2013, at the Pine Hill Community Center at a gathering of indigenous and others.
          The cooperation of the River Keeper and yacht clubs was sought and obtained. Skilled river boat people were prmarily responsible for the safety and incident free paddle from Syracuse to Albany, and Albany to New York City.
          The Dakota Unity Riders, lead by Gus High Eagle, volunteered to accompany the paddle, riding alongside the Muhheakanituck.

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Jake Edwards prepares for Two Row Enactment July - August 2013 with Wampum Belts

  After the Two Row Enactment, the Hudson Valley Supporters knew we had to continue. Some met in Rosendale and other locations in the Ulster County area to discuss how to best do this.
          A formal organization was formed April 3, 2014 with the following statement:

Wangom Wami Pasuk, Webe Werrego re mutche youh ca keeuk quach wauh twawan noweth quik woh unog.*
(Welcome every one. It is good to be here today and know anything is possible.)

We, all of us, share Matoulin* the sacred force permeating all things, the spirit moving in and through all things.
We, all of us, respect the Great Law of Peace. Our experiences of life and hope for mutual survival call for us to respect each other and the world we share.

The Two Row Wampum Treaty says that, as we travel the River of Life, we do not interfere with each other.

Now the time has come for us to build a shared vessel, while still maintaining our individual sovereignty.

All of us share a common destiny as we travel through life. Only together can we turn the tide to co-create a future for the next seven generations.

In the prow of our shared vessel we place the Eagle whose sight and vision will steer us straight, warn us of obstacles, and carry our prayers to Creator.

In the stern we place Owl (Night Eagle), who enables us to hear and see each other plainly.

Together, all of us are like a bundle of arrows, unbreakable in our resolve and commitment to each other.

We foster multiple alliances, building bridges between people of every color, creed and background.

We are showing others, by our actions, how we are walking our journey together.

* -Renneiu/Quinnipiac April 3, 2014

2 row wampum belt

The group was named
Neetopk Keetopk
which translates as
My Friends, Your Friends.
nee = my, our; kee = your

Two Row Wampum Treaty Belt

        Contact: (Etaoqua)

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