|Centuries before the arrival of Columbus, Dekanawidah (The Peacemaker) gave to Hia:watha a vision of a society of many cultures, religions and languages. This vision lead to the ratification (circa 1140AD) of a constitution called 'The Great Binding Law', 'Gayanashagowa' which created 'The Great Peace' between five different Nations with different religions and languages. It was the first successful constitutional, participatory democracy. It's citizens called themselves 'Haudenosaunee' and were called Iroquois by the French . The Iroquois continue today to follow the 'Great Peace' in their National deliberations.
Finally the US Congress through Senate Resolution 76 1987, has acknowledged that the United States constitution incorporated the fundamental concepts and principles of diversity, equality and individual liberty from 'The Great Peace'.
The name Haudenosaunee means "People who are building a Longhouse". It defines a vision of building a better world to live in ('The Longhouse of The Great Peace') - ever under construction - ever improving - ever expanding and adopting anyone who accepts the principles and wishes to join.
Modern Americans have been given the gift to continue the building - our nation's founders were shown the secrets of the architecture - the value of the principles - if we can understand the meaning of the Great Peace and it's values and moral truths we can continue the building - and further the vision - but we can only learn if we seek the knowledge and the truths.
First Nations ancestors are our ancestors - their founders are our founders - modern Americans are children of 'The Great Peace' by adoption - The Great Peace teaches that all who come in dispair and seek a better way of life shall be welcomed into the Longhouse to learn and embrace the Great Peace and will be adopted if their heart is with 'The Great Peace'.
From all other nations, ancestors of modern Americans came in dispair and were cared for by First Nations Americans - They came with all their differences, colors, cultures, languages, religions and races and were shown the ways to live together in this place and enjoy and embrace all of Creator's different children as brothers and sisters.
First Nations Americans called them brother and sister, demonstrated the meaning of the Great Peace - and counseled our founders at Lancaster in 1744, Albany in 1754, Philadelphia in 1775 and hundreds of other local meetings. At Valley Forge Haudenosaunee women saved the starving army with corn carried in baskets on their backs from Oneida storehouses near Albany New York. The Iroquois adopted the US Constitition and called it the nephew of the 'Great Law of Peace'
We have been given the ancient secrets for Peace which had united 5 nations with different languages and customs for centuries before Europeans arrived. First Nations Americans gave our founders the secrets which Creator gave to their founders.
Some who wish to demean America's promise, teach a false heresy that America has no religion - but Creator's revelation of the Great Peace is the religion for all who choose to live within the longhouse - With the core moral truth that one Creator cares for all his/her children and has guided them with as many revelations as there are cultures and languages. Our Constitution embraces all religions and specifically protects us from the tyranny of those who would use our laws to impose their beliefs on others.
Opponents of 'The Great Peace' spred the lie that our government is secular; however, the truth is that our constitution supports and protects all religions. The purveyors of this lie are demagogues who excuse their selfrighteousness with the lie that our government is against religion. Any who attempt to force their personal beliefs over others commits the ultimate sin against Creator's Great Peace and is the ultimate anti-American.
It has taken 200 years for the US Congress to acknowledge the gift of The Great Peace which provided the base and structure of our Constitution - now we have a choice - to expand the Longhouse for the rest of Creator's children and build the rafters stronger - or continue to selfishly waste it's abundance on our own self gratification, greed and arrogance.
Not all of the ancient teaching has been learned and accepted by many who seek adoption into 'The Great Peace'. There is still much to learn for many Americans. One of the teachings of our First Nation Americans is to establish a culture which encourages each person to live a life which will enhance the seventh generation to come. What will the seventh generation of our decendents receive from us?
| ..... Rodger Dourte .....
ps. The statement of principle in the 'Declaration of Independence' as follows:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights ..." is clearly a statement of religious belief and cannot be found in the bible or any other religions doctrine except 'The Great Peace'. Some of the demagogues who spread the lie of American secularism, often claim that our founding fathers 'intended' to establish a Christian Nation, but if our founding fathers in Philadelphia had wished to base our Constitution on a Biblical principle, they could have simply quoted the applicable principle from the Bible. Instead they chose the principle of 'The Great Peace' and established the true National motto "E Pluribus Unum" (From many people - One). If a Christian Nation was their only purpose, the war was unnecessary. They were already part of a Christain Nation called England.