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Winning poster: 2014 American Indian / Alaska Native Heritage Month

Our Land: Our Promise to the
Next Seven Generations

The 2014 American Indian Heritage Month
poster was designed Onondaga Snipe Clan member and artist Brandon Ganyada·kda Lazore.

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The purpose of this program is to provide focus on issues such as equal program delivery and the employment, promotion, training and career enhancement affecting American Indian employees and applicants in NRCS.


The objectives of the American Indian/Alaskan Native Special Emphasis Program is to:

  • encourage the participation of American Indians in all NRCS Programs and activities
  • support the unique roll of American Indians and Alaskan Natives within the Federal Government
  • increase the number of American Indians in all categories, series and grade levels
  • recruit American Indian/Alaskan Natives as potential NRCS employees
  • provide a network of professional support for Native Americans in NRCS
  • establish and maintain effective relationships with Indian Nations in New York State, American Indian groups and organizations
  • contribute to the development of the overall Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Civil Rights Program in NRCS

NRCS Announces 2014 American Indian Heritage Month Poster Contest Winner

Each November American Indian / Alaska Native (AIAN) Heritage Month is observed throughout America. For more than two decades, NRCS has produced an annual American Indian / Alaska Native Heritage Month poster based on nationally selected themes and artwork produced by American Indian or Alaska Native artists. The 2014 poster title is: “Our Land: Our Promise to the Next Seven Generations.” The 2014 poster was developed under the leadership of NRCS-New York with input from other AIAN Special Emphasis Program Managers (SEPM), Deborah Clairmont, National AIAN SEPM, Dr. Carol Crouch, past National AIAN SEPM, and Sandy Penn, who was the point person for the 2013 poster developed by NRCS-Michigan.

Onondaga Snipe Clan member and artist Brandon Ganyada·kda Lazore’s painting “Coming of New Generations” was selected by the 2014 poster committee and the NRCS-New York Civil Rights Advisory Committee for use in developing the 2014 poster.

Inspiration for the 2014 artwork was based on the 2014 contest theme:

Indigenous peoples throughout the world are taught to follow the tradition of making decisions that consider the welfare and well-being of the next seven generations. As a guiding principle, we are reminded to live responsibly and respectfully in consideration of seven generations to come and in honor and appreciation of the seven generations who preceded us.

Further inspiration was provided by a supporting quotation from The Constitution of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Nations also known as The Great Binding Law or Gayanashagowa:

“… Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground – the unborn of the future Nation.”

Mr. Lazore, who currently resides in Syracuse, New York, wrote the following in describing his painting:

…Intermixed through my painting I have placed elements from the (Haudenosaune) Creation Story and The Great Law. In the background is the Ever-Growing Tree wampum belt, which represents The Great Law. On the right side of the painting is the Hiawatha wampum belt, which symbolizes all the nations of the Haudenosaune Confederacy. The base of the painting next to the Hiawatha belt is the Turtle, which upon its back our earth has been formed. Growing from the middle of the turtle’s back is the Great Tree of Peace with a large protective eagle perched on top. This eagle is able to see dangers coming to the Haudenosaune from far off and give warning to the people. This imagery reflects back to our Great Law.

On the Left side is a man, a woman and fetus of an unborn child. This unborn child represents the future seven generations of Haudenosaune children that will come to be our future leaders and protectors of the land.

Thank you and congratulations to Mr. Lazore on the selection of his painting for use as the 2014 American Indian / Alaska Native Heritage Month Poster.

Previous American Indian Heritage Month Posters

Information Resources

Center for Native Peoples and the Environment (SUNY-ESF)
Cornell University American Indian Program
Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force
Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC)
Office of Native American Programs
Tribal Consultation, A Guide for Natural Resources Conservation Service Employees (USDA NRCS)
Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse (TEEIC)
Tribal Government Relationships (USDA NRCS)

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John Whitney, American Indian/Alaskan Native Special Emphasis Program Manager
Telephone: 716-652-8480, Extension 110
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