Spring Speaker Series: Jolene Rickard

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Deskaheh in Geneva 1923-2023: Defending Haudenosaunee Sovereignty

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, City of Geneva, and Docip observed the centenary of Deskaheh Levi General’s intervention at the League of Nations in 1923. He was sent as a spokesperson for the Haudenosaunee Confederacy representing six sovereign nations: the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. His petition is recognized as the catalyst for the international Indigenous sovereignty movement against ongoing structural inequities globally. This discussion will detail the exhibition mounted in Geneva, Switzerland in 2023 celebrating his work in favor of Indigenous Peoples and the role that the City of Geneva has played and still plays in this field. It expresses the voices of the Haudenosaunee and Geneva allies.

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