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Representatives of the Six Nation Iroquois delivered three position papers titled "The Haudenosaunee Address to the Western World" at a conference on "Discrimination Against the Indigenous Populations of the Americas" held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1977 hosted by Non-Governmental Organizations at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in 1977. This document is presented in its entirety. Contributions by John Mohawk, Chief Oren Lyons, and Jose Barreiro give added depth and continuity to this important work.
When this book was first written in the late 1970s John Mohawk was the editor of Akwesasne Notes, a national Indian newspaper, and Jose Barreiro was the Senior Editor of Indian Country Today. José Barreiro currently serves as assistant director for history and culture research and also directs the Office for Latin America, at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. A member of the Taino Nation of the Antilles, Dr. Barreiro, a pioneering figure in Native American journalism and publishing, was an early editor and contributor at Akwesasne Notes (1976–1984). He and Mohawk founded the Indigenous Peoples Network. Oren Lyons is a faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Council of Chiefs, Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy). He has been active in international Indigenous rights and sovereignty issues for over four decades at the United Nations and other international forums. He is a State University of New York (SUNY) distinguished services professor emeritus of the University at Buffalo. John Mohawk, a leading scholar and spokesman for the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, was a leading advocate for the rights of the Iroquois Confederacy and of indigenous people worldwide. He served as director of Indigenous Studies at the Center for the Americas at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He died December 2, 2006 in Buffalo, New York.