July 31, 2013

Anniversary recalls water as sacred source of life

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Paddlers make their way down the Hudson River on Sunday (July 28).  Over 200 Native and non-Native paddlers launch onto the Hudson River to travel from Albany, NY to the United Nations in New York City to honor and renew the Two Row Wampum treaty agreed upon in 1613. RNS photo by Brett Carlsen

Paddlers make their way down the Hudson River on Sunday (July 28). Over 200 Native and non-Native paddlers launch onto the Hudson River to travel from Albany, NY to the United Nations in New York City to honor and renew the Two Row Wampum treaty agreed upon in 1613. RNS photo by Brett Carlsen

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(RNS) European settlers once promised N.Y.'s Iroquois people they would respect the the laws of nature and the state's waterways. On the 400th anniversary of that agreement, known as the Two Row Wampum, New Yorkers are recommitting themselves to better stewardship of a sacred treasure -- water.