League of Nations/United Nations Participation
Haudenosaunee leadership have participated in international diplomacy dating back to the League of Nations in an effort to seek redress for the many illegal and unfair practices by settler colonial nation states and extractive industries. Cayuga Chief Deskaheh traveled to Geneva in 1923 to address the League of Nations about the right of his people to live freely on their own lands, practice their own religion, and follow their own laws, the door was shut in his face by what he called “cruel indifference.” Upon his return, Deskaheh was never allowed back across the border to his home in Six Nations, Ontario, Canada. Chief Deskaheh lived the rest of his life in Buffalo, New York separated from his family.
The American Indian Law Alliance
Working closely with Haudenosaunee leadership, The American Indian Law Alliance has worked on behalf of Indigenous peoples, nations and organizations to advance our collective human rights and the rights of mother earth for over 30 years ago. AILA will continue to work closely with Haudenosaunee leadership, Indigenous nations, and Indigenous peoples across Mother Earth.