compiled by Dee Finney



I was dreaming about reading several paragraphs on a web page about the Native American - Cornplanter.

Then the dream went into another scene where I was reading or at least scan-reading a magazine put out by a religious group about President George Bush and President William Clinton and their political relationship and police and the Native American during their terms of office. 

The magazine was written in 3 columns to a page, with many of the paragraphs in the center column highlighted with extra-large parentheses (  ) which stuck out into the other columns next to it on each side.

When I finished looking at the magazine, I found myself in a building which was owned by a very conservative women's religious group. 

I was in the hallway with President Clinton and a man who did not look like, but I thought it was Al Gore.

President Clinton left and I spent some time talking to Al Gore about what had been written about him and mentioned that there was nothing written about him that pointed to anything sexual about him, and the article seemed deliberately slanted that way.

I was not able to go home because the room where my coat was hung had a meeting going on of all conservative religious women and I couldn't interrupt them.

So Al Gore and I went into another room and sat down on adjacent chairs to discuss the magazine article. Al Gore was more interested in me than he was in the article. I saw that the page he was turned to was the classified ads in the back of the magazine.

Three young men came into the room and were throwing a football to each other, but deliberately close to me to intimidate me. They noticed how close I was to Al Gore and commented on the color of my clothes which was a brilliant glowing Royal blue with a red and blue paid skirt. 

The three young men were trying to blackmail me and Al Gore, trying to make it out that we had an illicit relationship, which we didn't. At the same time, they were holding us hostage.

In a kitchen-like area of this room, we suggested to the young men that we have a party in order to get them off the track. So we sent them to the store to buy some cherry soda and Sloe gin (which is also red) I told them to get two of each because they were using my money out of my purse which they had stolen.

I was glad to get them off the track, while the young men were running around, gathering up the old liquor and soda bottles from the whole building, to take back to the store to get a refund and recycle the bottles. I was walking around the room, gesticulating with my right arm, yelling, PARTEEEE!!!!!  PARTEEEE!!!!

CORNPLANTER (c.1736-1836) 


Cornplanter was a great war captain of the Seneca nation, a member of the Iroquois Confederacy. During the American Revolution, the Iroquois warrior Cornplanter rose to prominence, becoming a principal Seneca leader. He was also known as John O'Bail after his Dutch trader father. After the Revolution, Cornplanter quickly decided that keeping the peace with the new Americans was the best way to help his own people. Although his mission as a peacekeeper was often unpopular and difficult, he negotiated the best possible terms for his people on numerous occasions when he traveled as a statesman to Philadelphia.

NOTE: Another website reports this:  He was a rival of Red Jacket, another Seneca, but Cornplanter was born before the birth of Red Jacket, and he lived several years after Red Jacket died. The birth date of Cornplanter, or Ki-on-twog-ky, has not been definitely determined, but it was between 1732 and 1740. He was born at Connewaugus, on the Genesee River in New York. His mother was a fullblood Seneca, and his father is thought to have been an Irishman named O'Bail. The name has sometimes been used as O'Beale, and Cornplanter has been referred to as John O'Beale. Recently however, I have had the good fortune of receiving mail from a descendant of Cornplanter who tell me that Cornplanters father was a Dutch man who went by the name of Abeel not an Irish man as mentioned before. From: 

The American Revolution split this Confederacy, destroying its New York bulwark against the whites. Most of the Iroquois, including Cornplanter's tribe, sided with the British against the Americans. To eliminate any threat from the Senecas, the most powerful member of the Iroquois Confederacy, in 1779 General George Washington dispatched General John Sullivan, along with four thousand men, to lay waste and devastate the Iroquois homeland. During this invasion of Seneca territory, the only full-scale military engagement between the Senecas and U.S. soldiers to take place in Yates County occurred at Kashong Creek. The devastation inflicted upon the Senecas, in terms of lives and property lost, was immense. Over forty villages were wiped out, and more than one-hundred and fifty thousand bushels of corn were destroyed, resulting in starvation for the survivors. Defeated, Cornplanter signed the Treaty of Fort Stanwix (1784) with the government, ceding land to the United States. This disgraced him in the eyes of his people, but made him a favorite of whites, including Thomas Jefferson, with whom Cornplanter became friendly.  

In gratitude for his assistance in keeping the Seneca neutral during the Indian wars in Ohio, Cornplanter was given a grant of land on the western bank of the Allegheny River, where he lived to a very old age. In 1791, the grateful Commonwealth of Pennsylvania established Cornplanter's Grant. In 1789 the recommendation was made that Chief Cornplanter be given a grant of 1500 acres of land in western Pennsylvania. By act of the Pennsylvania assembly passed February 1, 1791, he was granted lands for which the patents were issued March 16, 1796. The final gift, an area of about 700 acres, was the Cornplanter Grant, located in Warren County about three miles below the southern boundary of New York state. There were three separate units in this grant, Planter's Field and the town of Jennesedaga on
the mainland along the Allegheny River, and two adjacent islands, Liberality and Donation. 

His views were opposed by the energetic Red Jacket but supported by Handsome Lake (Cornplanter's half brother).

Cornplanter was reputed to be about a hundred years old at the time of his death.

The Cornplanter Chronicles

Cornplanter and his Father

The Salvation of the Seneca Culture

The Seneca People

The Legends of the Iriquois as told by Cornplanter

Governor Blacksnake - Nephew of Cornplanter


Public Policy and Witness
Washington D.C. Office 
United Nations Office 

Making the World Safer for Women and Children

One of the strengths of Church Women United is the social policy that has been developed by the organization over a period of its life -- nearly 60 years. We celebrate our 60th birthday in the year 2001. We have a policy base that has been established by careful discussion and deliberation over the years. We pay attention to that. We add new resolutions, new policies from time to time. We have developed a new policy setting process, which we are currently using. Our Native American policy was developed in collaboration with a number of Native American women, with broad participation around the country. Our Violence Policy has been developed in the same way. It went out for discussion in units around the country and we got excellent feedback. A number of units studied the policy and made suggestions to strengthen it. 

It is a policy that looks at violence in a very broad way. Instead of just personal and psychological violence against women, but militarism as a form of violence, economic insecurity as a form of violence, and many
broad based approaches to looking at at some of the root causes of violence, what our scriptural and theological understanding of violence against women helps inform us. We are very pleased that the process of developing those policies is very participatory. 

"American Baptist Churches Resolution in Support of American Indian Religious Freedom
     AMERICAN INDIAN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. Prior to the settlement of this country by
     Europeans, Indian people lived and roamed in many areas of this continent. Some, more
     sedentary, became skilled... "

Amelia Stone Quinton 1833 to 1926
Native American Rights Activist


The way the magazine was set into three columns, with the pertinent highlighted sections of information spreading out into the other columns reminds us of the 'Tree of Life' which is also aligned in three columns.

Please note the names of the Sephiroth