Turtle Island's Treaties: Honor and Activism
The illustrious career of G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan) spans decades across a wide swath of diverse accomplishments with an immeasurable worldwide impact. Through his art, Jemison has explored a variety of topics, from creating political works that portray contemporary social commentary to those that reflect his relationship with the natural world.
A leading authority on the subject of Haudenosaunee history, Jemison co-edited the Treaty of Canandaigua 1794: 200 Years of Treaty Relations between the Iroquois Confederacy and the United States (Clear Light). He frequently contributes writings on the repatriation of sacred objects, cultural patrimony, and the human remains of the Haudenosaunee.
Jemison currently serves as the Historic Site Manager of Ganondagan State Historic Site, the location of a 17th-century Seneca town in Victor, NY, identified as a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, he is the representative for the Seneca Nation of Indians on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) as well as an Indian Tribe/Native Hawaiian Representative of the Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).
Donald M. Ragona, (Matinecock/Lakota) the Native American Rights Fund’s (NARF) Director of Development and House Counsel is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and his undergraduate Long Island University, C.W. Post College.
After law school, Don worked at Merrill Lynch specializing in tax law and securities offerings and later joined the Allstate Insurance Company specializing in insurance defense litigation. In 1993 Don joined the Native American Rights Fund and was appointed Director of Development in 2006. In 2009 he went into private practice advising tribes and tribal businesses on a variety of matters. In 2013 Don returned to NARF and in 2017 was appointed Director of Development and House Counsel. Don served as a Board member of the National Indian Prisoners Support Group in Minneapolis, Minnesota and as a member of the NARF sponsored American Indian Religious Freedom Act Coalition where Don wrote both state and federal legislation regarding the right to worship for American Indian prisoners.
Additionally, Don is a frequent presenter on federal Indian law and Indian issues at academic institutions national and regional Native conferences.