October 13, 2000 Geneva, NY-As part of the ongoing Genocide Symposium, President Mark Gearan and Chief Jake Swamp, a member of the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Nation, will jointly plant a Tree of Peace at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18, behind the southwest corner of Smith Hall on the HWS campus.
Chief Jake Swamp founded the Tree of Peace Society in 1983 as a reminder of our common concern for the fate of the world. The tree will also be a living memorial to the presence of Native Americans on the campus grounds. In the tradition of the Iroquois, the Tree of Peace is a symbol of the Great Law (peace), healing, and future generations.
Since 1984, Chief Jake Swamp has traveled throughout Europe, Australia, and Israel planting trees and speaking on the culture and contributions of the Six Nations Confederacy. He has also written a children's book, titled Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message.
This event has been scheduled to coincide with a concert by Joanne Shenandoah, a member of the Wolf Clan of the Oneida Nation. Shenandoah will perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18, in the Albright Auditorium on the HWS campus.