ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — American Indian leaders from New York are in The Netherlands for a ceremony honoring a 400-year-old treaty between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Dutch.
Oren Lyons of the Onondaga Nation near Syracuse and Kenneth Deer and Joe Deom of the Mohawk tribe are at The Hague in The Netherlands for Friday's ceremony marking the 400th anniversary of what's known as the Two-Row Wampum Treaty.
The Iroquois who lived in what is now upstate New York and early Dutch explorers signified their treaty with a belt of shell beads in parallel rows. The two lines represented Dutch ships and Indian canoes traveling the same path in peace.
Earlier this summer, Onondagas and others paddled from the Syracuse area to Manhattan to mark the Two-Row Wampum's anniversary and renew the Iroquois' friendship with the Dutch.