November 1, 2007
To The People
To All It May Concern
This official statement from the Trustees of The Turtle Island Trust is to educate and clarify our positions concerning Ganienkeh. One ongoing task is that of education to those outside of the day to day life of the community. We have been privileged to follow those original Trustees who served so responsibly. According to the procedures outlined in the Trust Agreement, the Trustees are the only ones to select new Trustees. This is always done with the approval of the people at Ganienkeh. We feel honored to actively follow in their footsteps. We are in communication on a regular basis, especially as needs arise. We meet as Trustees, with the People at Ganienkeh, combined meetings with State Police, appear with officials over tax and other issues, bring groups to Ganienkeh for education, and etc. We are actively involved, and appreciate the opportunity to serve..
Congratulations on your 33rd year after reclamation of your Territory. We know and appreciate all the special lives that have contributed through the years. A special word of appreciation to those who have remained faithfully present and serving the community from it’s inception to the present. You are the real heroes. Your efforts in educating the children, providing improving standards of living, especially through the establishment of small businesses, and above all the preservation of a culture built on “The Great Law” are incredible accomplishments!
This statement makes clear the unconditional support for the people at Ganienkeh. You are right to stand on the Great Law. Without that as a solid foundation you would have nothing to stand on when problems arise from outside and within the community.
We applaud your efforts to keep Ganienkeh alcohol and drug free. We know there have been some difficult decisions that have had to be made, but people who choose not to live by the code of the community are really the ones who are making the decision about whether they remain a part of the community or not.
Making the Great Law work as a real way of life will always be a challenge but the more practical it becomes; the stronger it will be for future generations.
Lest anyone question whether we as Trustees would ever support businesses or activities that would not be beneficial to the community’s original purposes, benefit only a few, and not all the people; we have never done this and never will.
We are thankful for the present relationships that exist between the Trustees, Ganienkeh, regional leaders of the State Police, and The Department of Environmental Conversation. As in the past we will continue to keep these relationships strong so they can be mutually beneficial. We are appreciative of all the meetings that we have had to further these relationships.
Ganienkeh’s vision was to be a model community for all Native Peoples and you are!
All decisions are ultimately decisions by the people of the Longhouse at Ganienkeh and we as Trustees will always respect that. It has been and will continue to be our desire to be one with you in mind and spirit.
While there have been and unfortunately will be some threats to the Ganienkeh vision , be assured that our support is always with you. One day, when people can lay aside selfish interests and desire for financial gains; peace will be a reality. Let’s continue to work together toward that goal!
Trustees of The
Rev. Dr. Donald Washburn
Christopher M. Nyhan
We welcome any opportunities for ongoing discussion: