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Great Peacemaker
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The Great Peacemaker (Skennenrahawi [skʌ̃.nʌ̃.ɾahawi] in Mohawk), sometimes referred to as Deganawida or Dekanawida (as a mark of respect, some Iroquois avoid using his personal name except in special circumstances) was by tradition, along with Jigonhsasee and Hiawatha, the founder of the Haudenosaunee, commonly called the Iroquois Confederacy. This is a political and cultural union of five Iroquoian-speaking Native American tribes residing in the present-day state of New York, northern Pennsylvania, and the eastern portion of the province of Ontario, Canada.


The Great Peacemaker's name means "Two River Currents Flowing Together". Some of the numerous legends about the Great Peacemaker have conflicting information. It is reported that he was born a Huron, and by some accounts, his mother was a virgin, making the birth miraculous.[4] Others say he was born an Onondaga and later adopted by the Mohawk.[5]

Haudenosaunee confederacy[edit]
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Cohoes Falls in the 18th century AD by Pehr Kalm.

By all accounts, the Great Peacemaker was a prophet who counseled peace among the warring tribes, and he called for an end to ritual cannibalism. According to some legends, his first ally was Jigonhsasee.[5] She lent her home for the meeting of the leaders of the rival tribal nations. The Great Peacemaker's follower Hiawatha, an Onondaga renowned for his oratory, helped him achieve his vision of bringing the tribes together in peace.

According to the archaeologist Dean Snow, the Great Peacemaker converted Hiawatha in the territory of the Onondaga; he traveled alone to visit the Mohawk tribe who lived near what is now Cohoes, New York.[full citation needed] Other traditional accounts hold that the Great Peacemaker consulted with Jigonhsasee about which tribal leaders to approach and she facilitated that meeting to create the confederacy.[5]

According to some legends, initially the Mohawk rejected the message of the Great Peacemaker, so he decided to perform a feat to demonstrate his purity and spiritual power. After climbing a tree high above Kahon:ios (Cohoes Falls), the Great Peacemaker told the Mohawk warriors to chop the tree down. Many onlookers watched as the Great Peacemaker disappeared into the swirling rapids of the Mohawk River. They believed he had died but the next morning they found him sitting near a campfire. Greatly impressed by the Great Peacemaker's miraculous survival, the Mohawk became the founding tribe of the Iroquois Confederacy.[4]

The tribes gathered at Onondaga Lake, where they planted a Tree of Peace and proclaimed the Great Binding Law of the Iroquois Confederacy.


The dates Dekanawida lived, and thus the founding of the Confederacy, have not been identified with certainty. Historians and archeologists have researched an incident related in the oral history of the founding of the Confederacy. As recorded by later scholars, one account relates there was a violent conflict among the Seneca, who were the last Iroquois nation to join the confederacy as a founding member. Their violence stopped when the sun darkened and the day seemed to turn to night. Since 1902 scholars have studied the possibility that this event was a solar eclipse, as William Canfield suggested in his Legends of the Iroquois; told by "the Cornplanter" .[6] As scholars have learned more about the representation of natural events in oral histories, scholars into the 21st century have noted eclipses that could serve to date the founding of the Confederacy, in addition to the archeological evidence. Scholars referring to an eclipse have included (chronologically): Paul A. W. Wallace,[7] Elizabeth Tooker,[8] Bruce E. Johansen,[9][10] Dean R. Snow,[11] Barbara A. Mann and Jerry L. Fields,[12] William N. Fenton,[13] David Henige,[14] Gary Warrick,[2] and Neta Crawford.[3]

Since Canfield's first mention,[6] and the majority view,[7][8][11][13][2] scholars have widely supported a date of 1451 AD as being of a known solar eclipse and the likely founding date based on this oral account and other evidence. Some argue it is an insufficient fit for the description, and favor a date of 1142, when there was also a documented solar eclipse.[9][12] A few question dating the founding of the confederacy based on the mention of the eclipse.[14]

Archeological investigation has contributed to discussions about the founding date, as its evidence can be dated and correlated to natural events. In 1982 archeologist Dean Snow said that evidence from mainstream archeology did not support a founding of the confederacy for any dates of an eclipse before 1350 AD (thus ruling out the 1142 AD date.)[11] By 1998 Fenton considered an eclipse earlier than the 1451 AD majority view unlikely, but possible as long as it was after 1000 AD.[13] By 2007/8 reviews considered an 1142 AD eclipse as a possible point of reference, even if most scholars supported 1451 AD as the safe choice.[2][3]

Influence on the United States constitution[edit]

This confederacy influenced the United States Constitution and Anglo-American ideas of democracy, as recognized by Concurrent Resolution 331 issued by the U. S. Congress in 1988, which states in part[15]:

Whereas the original framers of the Constitution, including, most notably, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, are known to have greatly admired the concepts of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy; Whereas the confederation of the original Thirteen Colonies into one republic was influenced by the political system developed by the Iroquois Confederacy as were many of the democratic principles which were incorporated into the Constitution itself

Iroquois dominance[edit]

The Great Peacemaker established a council of clan and village chiefs to govern the confederacy. In each tribe, which had matrilineal kinship systems of descent and property-holding, power was shared between the sexes. Men held the positions of hereditary chiefs through their mother's line; clan mothers ruled on the fitness of chiefs and could depose of any that they opposed. Most decisions in council were made by consensus, to which each representative had an equal voice. Early anthropologist Lewis H. Morgan attributed the regional dominance achieved by the Iroquois to their superior organization and coordination compared to other tribes; George Hunt also thought there was a factor of economic determinism, with their need for furs for the European trade and their superior geographic position controlling most of central and western New York.[16] The oral laws and customs of the Great Law of Peace became the constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy, established by the 16th century or earlier.

Prophecy of the Boy Seer[edit]

The Great Peacemaker worked all his life to bring his vision to fruition. He prophesied that a "white serpent" would come to his people's lands and make friends with them, only to deceive them later. A "red serpent" would later make war against the "white serpent", but a Native American boy would be given a great power. He would be accepted as a chosen leader by the people of "the land of the hilly country." The boy stays neutral in the fight, and he speaks to the people, who number as the blades of grass, but he is heard by all. After a season, a "black serpent" would come and defeat both the "white" and "red serpents". According to the prophecy, when the people gathered under the elm tree become humble, all three "serpents" would be blinded by a light many times brighter than the sun. Deganawidah said that he would be that light. His nation would accept the "white serpent" into their safekeeping like a long-lost brother.[17]

In the Bahá'í Faith[edit]

Some members of the Bahá'í Faith have connected the signs of a Prophet, as described by Bahá'u'lláh (Prophet-founder of the Baha'i Faith), with the Peacemaker. As such, many Native American Bahá'ís in North America (and some non-Native) revere the Peacemaker as a Manifestation of God.[18]

In film

Influence on the United States constitution[edit]

This confederacy influenced the United States Constitution and Anglo-American ideas of democracy, as recognized by Concurrent Resolution 331 issued by the U. S. Congress in 1988, which states in part[15]:

Whereas the original framers of the Constitution, including, most notably, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, are known to have greatly admired the concepts of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy; Whereas the confederation of the original Thirteen Colonies into one republic was influenced by the political system developed by the Iroquois Confederacy as were many of the democratic principles which were incorporated into the Constitution itself

Great Law of Peace
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Among the Haudenosaunee (the "Six Nations," comprising the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora peoples) the Great Law of Peace is the oral constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy. The law was written on wampum belts, conceived by Dekanawidah, known as the Great Peacemaker, and his spokesman Hiawatha. The original five member nations ratified this constitution near modern-day Victor, New York, with the sixth nation (the Tuscarora) being added in 1722.

The laws were first recorded and transmitted not in written language, but by means of wampum symbols that conveyed meaning. In a later era it was translated into English and various other accounts exist. The Great Law of Peace is presented as part of a narrative noting laws and ceremonies to be performed at prescribed times. The laws called a constitution are divided into 117 articles. The united Iroquois nations are symbolized by an eastern white pine tree, called the Tree of Peace. Each nation or tribe plays a delineated role in the conduct of government.

Attempts to date the founding of the Iroquois Confederacy have focused on a reported solar eclipse, which many scholars identify as the one that occurred in 1451 AD, though some debate exists with support for 1190.

Narrative, Constitution, and Ceremony[edit]

The narratives of the Great Law exist in the languages of the member nations, so spelling and usages vary. William N. Fenton observed that it came to serve a purpose as a social organization inside and among the nations, a constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy or League, ceremonies to be observed, and a binding history of peoples.[1]: Fenton also observed some nine common points focusing more simply on the narrative story line,[1]: though Christopher Vecsey identified 22 points shared across some two dozen versions of the narrative or parts of the narrative both direct and indirect:[2]

  1. The Migration and Separation of the People (pre-history of the area)
  2. The Birth and Growth of Deganawida
  3. The Journey to the Mohawks, the Situation, and the Mission Explained
  4. The Mother of Nations Accepts Deganawida's Message
  5. The Cannibal Converts
  6. The Prophets Prove Their Power
  7. Tadadaho the Wizard Prevents Peace
  8. Hiawatha's Relatives Are Killed
  9. Hiawatha Mourns and Quits Onondaga
  10. Hiawatha Invents Wampum
  11. Hiawatha Gives the Mohawks Lessons in Protocol
  12. Deganawida Consoles Hiawatha
  13. Scouts Travel to Tadadaho
  14. Deganawida and Hiawatha Join Oneidas, Cayugas, and Senecas to Mohawks
  15. The Nations March to Tadadaho, Singing the Peace Hymn
  16. Deganawida and Hiawatha Transform Tadadaho
Constitution of the Confederacy and social order of the member peoples
  1. Deganawida and Hiawatha Establish Iroquois Unity and Law
  2. Deganawida and Hiawatha Establish League Chiefs and Council Polity
  3. The Confederacy Takes Symbolic Images
  4. The League Declares Its Sovereignty (the Constitutional laws of the Confederacy)
  1. The Condolence Maintains the Confederacy (a sequence of ceremonies for grieving over a deceased chief and appointing a new one)
  2. Deganawida Departs

Barbara Mann has gathered versions featuring conflicting but harmonized elements (who does what varies, but what happens is more consistent than not), or stories that tell distinct elements not shared in other versions, into a narrative she includes in the Encyclopedia of the Haudenosaunee published in 2000.[3]

Published accounts[edit]Cayuga[edit]

An untranslated version has been posted by the Smithsonian Institution.[4] Another is mentioned being presented to Michael Foster.[5]


There are several Mohawk versions that made it into print and several of those were printed more than once. Horatio Hale published one in 1883 he traced somewhat earlier[6] which was reprinted by William N. Fenton, following Arthur Caswell Parker, in 1968.[7] J. N. B. Hewitt published one in 1928 based on a much earlier fragment.[8] Joseph Brant and John Norton commented on details of the narrative as early as 1801 and published since.[9][10] Dayodekane, better known as Seth Newhouse, arranged for some versions that were published differently near 1900 - first from 1885 included in a book by Paul A. W. Wallace in 1948,[11] and a second version published in 1910 by Arthur C. Parker.[12] Fenton discusses Newhouse' contributions in a paper in 1949.[13] Wallace also published a separate book without stating his source in 1946 called The Iroquois book of Life - White Roots of Peace, which was later revised and extended with endorsements by Iroqouis chiefs and Iroquoian historian John Mohawk in 1986 and 1994.[14]


Oneida versions have been noted in various places. One from New York,[15] has been echoed/summarized by the Milwaukee Public Museum.[16] Another has been published by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin in two sections.[17] Another account is also reported.[18] Paula Underwood, an oral historian who traces her history to an Oneida ancestor, was also related to Benjamin Franklin. Her familial oral history describing Shenandoah's close relationship and collaboration with Benjamin Franklin on the writing of the US Constitution was published in 1997.[19]


Parts of Horatio Hale's work The Iroquois Book of Rites is said to have Onondaga sources. J. N. B. Hewitt recorded Chief John Buck and included his presentation in 1892.[20] John Arthur Gibson shared several versions that have gathered notable awareness among scholars like Fenton and others. His first version was in 1899.[21] Gibson then participated in a collective version with many Chiefs from the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve in 1900 which was reprinted a number of times: first in 1910/1,[22] and then included in another work.[23] A final version was offered to Alexander Goldenweiser but wasn't finished translated and published until 1992 by Hanni Woodbury.[24]


Newspaper editor[25] William Walker Canfield published a book The Legends of the Iroquois in 1902[26] based on found notes he was given purporting to be written from comments of Cornplanter reportedly to an employee of the surveyor company Holland Land Company, perhaps John Adlum, known friend of Cornplanter.[27] It is the primary source of the mention of a solar eclipse. Another Seneca version was given by Deloe B. Kittle to Parker and was published in 1923.[28]


The Tuscarora joined the Iroquois Confederacy in 1722.[29][30] There is a version of the Great Law of Peace attributed by Wallace "Mad Bear" Anderson of the Tuscarora published in 1987.[31] However, there is a claim this was borrowed.[32]

Influence on the United States Constitution[edit]

Some historians, including Donald Grinde of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, have claimed that the democratic ideals of the Gayanashagowa provided a significant inspiration to Benjamin Franklin, James Madison and other framers of the U.S. Constitution. They contend that the federal structure of the U.S. constitution was influenced by the living example of the Iroquois confederation, as were notions of individual liberty and the separation of powers.[33] Grinde, Bruce Johansen and others[34] also identify Native American symbols and imagery that were adopted by the nascent United States, including the American bald eagle and a bundle of arrows.[33] Their thesis argues the U.S. constitution was the synthesis of various forms of political organization familiar to the founders, including the Iroquois confederation.

Franklin circulated copies of the proceedings of the 1744 Treaty of Lancaster among his fellow colonists; at the close of this document, the Six Nations leaders offer to impart instruction in their democratic methods of government to the English. Franklin's Albany Plan is also believed to have been influenced by his understanding of Iroquois government. John Rutledge of South Carolina, delegate to the Constitutional Convention, is said to have read lengthy tracts of Six Nations law to the other framers, beginning with the words "We, the people, to form a union, to establish peace, equity, and order..."[35] In October 1988, the U.S. Congress passed Concurrent Resolution 331 to recognize the influence of the Iroquois Constitution upon the American Constitution and Bill of Rights.[36]

The extent of the influence of Six Nations law on the U.S. Constitution is disputed by other scholars.[37] Haudenosaunee historian Elisabeth J. Tooker has pointed to several differences between the two forms of government, notably that all decisions were made by a consensus of male chiefs who gained their position through a combination of blood descent and selection by female relatives, that representation was on the basis of the number of clans in the group rather than the size or population of the clans, that the topics discussed were decided by a single tribe. Tooker concluded there is little resemblance between the two documents, or reason to believe the Six Nations had a meaningful influence on the American Constitution, and that it is unclear how much impact Canasatego's statement at Lancaster actually had on the representatives of the colonies.[38] Stanford University historian Jack N. Rakove argued against any Six Nations influence, pointing to lack of evidence in U.S. constitutional debate records, and examples of European antecedents for democratic institutions.[39]

Journalist Charles C. Mann has noted other differences between The Great Law of Peace and the original U.S. Constitution, including the original Constitution's allowing denial of suffrage to women, and majority rule rather than consensus. Mann argues that the early colonists' interaction with Native Americans and their understanding of Iroquois government did influence the development of colonial society and culture and the Suffragette movement, but stated that "the Constitution as originally enacted was not at all like the Great Law."[40][41]

Example articles[edit]§37: There shall be one war chief from each nation, and their duties shall be to carry messages for their chiefs, and to take up arms in case of emergency. They shall not participate in the proceedings of the Council of the League, but shall watch its progress and in case of an erroneous action by a chief, they shall receive the complaints of the people and convey the warnings of the women to him. The people who wish to convey messages to the chiefs of the League shall do so through the war chief of their nation. It shall always be his duty to lay the cases, questions, and propositions of the people before the council of the League.§58: Any Chief or other person who submit to Laws of a foreign people are alienated and forfeit all claim in the Five Nations.§101: It shall be the duty of the appointed managers of the Thanksgiving festivals to do all that is needful for carrying out the duties of the occasions. The recognized festivals of Thanksgiving shall be the Midwinter Thanksgiving, the Maple or Sugar-Making Thanksgiving, the Raspberry Thanksgiving, the Strawberry Thanksgiving, the Corn Planting Thanksgiving, the Corn Hoeing Thanksgiving, The Little Festival of Green Corn, the Great Festival of Ripe Corn, and the Complete Thanksgiving for the Harvest. Each nation's festivals shall be held in their Longhouses.§107: A certain sign shall be known to all the people of the Five Nations which shall denote that the owner or occupant of a house is absent. A stick or pole in a slanting or leaning position shall indicate this and be the sign. Every person not entitled to enter the house by right of living within upon seeing such a sign shall not enter the house by day or by night, but shall keep as far away as his business will permit.Notes[edit]
  1. ^ Jump up to:a b William Nelson Fenton (1998). The Great Law and the Longhouse: A Political History of the Iroquois Confederacy. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-3003-3.
  2. ^ Christopher Vecsey (Spring 1986). "The Story and Structure of the Iroquois Confederacy". Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Oxford University Press. 54 (1): 79–106. doi:10.1093/jaarel/liv.1.79. JSTOR 1464101.
  3. ^ Barbara Alice Mann (1 January 2000). "The Second Epoch of Time: The Great Law Keeping". In Bruce Elliott Johansen; Barbara Alice Mann (eds.). Encyclopedia of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy). Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 265–284. ISBN 978-0-313-30880-2.
  4. ^ "Cayuga version of the Deganawida legend 1890 (untranslated)". Manuscript 1582, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. 2014 [1890]. Archived from the original (pdf) on September 23, 2015.
  5. ^ Denis Foley (2010). "Iroqouis Mourning and Condolence Installation Rituals: A Pattern of Social Integration and Continuity" (PDF). In Christine Sternberg Patrick (ed.). Preserving tradition and understanding the past: Papers from the Conference on Iroquois Research, 2001-2005 (pdf). The New York State Education Department. pp. 25–34. ISBN 1-55557-251-0. ISSN 2156-6178. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-26.
  6. ^ Horatio Hale (1883). "Okayondonghsera Yondennase / Ancient rites of the Condoling Council". In D.G. Brinton (ed.). The Iroquois Book of Rites. Library of aboriginal American literature. II. D.G. Brinton. pp. 116–145 (plus notes), (in Cayuga, Onondaga, and English)
  7. ^ Arthur Caswell Parker; William Nelson Fenton (1968) [1883]. "Book Three - The Constitution of the Five Nations". Parker on the Iroquois. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-0115-9.
  8. ^ John Deserontyon; translated by J. N. B. Hewitt (1928). F. W. Hodge (ed.). A Mohawk Form of Ritual of Condolence, 1782. Indian Notes and Monographs. 10. Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. pp. 95–100.
  9. ^ Douglas W. Boyce (Aug 15, 1973). "A Glimpse of Iroquois Culture History Through the Eyes of Joseph Brant and John Norton". Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. American Philosophical Society. 117 (4): 286–294. JSTOR 986696.
  10. ^ John Norton; Carl Frederick Klinck (1970). Carl Frederick Klink; James John Talman (eds.). The Journal of Major John Norton, 1816 (reprint). Publications of the Champlain Society. 72. Toronto: Champlain Society. pp. 98–105. ISBN 978-0-9810506-3-8.
  11. ^ Dayodekane - Seth Newhouse; Paul A. W. Wallace (October 1948). "The Return of Hiawatha by Wallace". New York History. New York State Historical Association. 29 (4): 385–403. ISSN 0146-437X. JSTOR 23149546.
  12. ^ Arthur C. Parker; Dayodekane - Seth Newhouse (April 1, 1916). "The Dekanawida Legend (1910)". The Constitution of the Five Nations. New York State Museum Bulletin. pp. 14–60.
  13. ^ William N. Fenton (May 16, 1949). "Seth Newhouse's Traditional History and Constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy". Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. American Philosophical Society. 93 (2): 141–158. JSTOR 3143434.
  14. ^ Paul A. W. Wallace (1994) [1946]. White Roots of Peace: The Iroquois Book of Life. Clear Light Publishers. ISBN 978-0-940666-30-6.
  15. ^ North American Indian Travelling College (1984). Traditional teachings. North American Indian Travelling College.
  16. ^ "Oneida Oral History (Adapted from "Our Traditional Teachings", 1984, North American Indian Traveling College: Cornwall Island, Ontario)". Milwaukee Public Museum.
  17. ^ - see Christopher Buck (1 April 2015). God & Apple Pie: Religious Myths and Visions of America. Educator's International Press. p. 391. ISBN 978-1-891928-26-0.
    • Robert Brown – Anahalihs ("Great Vines"); Clifford F. Abbott (Feb 11, 2013). Randy Cornelius (Tehahuko’tha) (ed.). "Kayanla'kó, The Great Law (part 1)" (PDF). Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. Archived from the original (pdf) on Sep 24, 2015. Retrieved Sep 25, 2015.
    • Robert Brown – Anahalihs ("Great Vines"); Clifford F. Abbott (Feb 11, 2013). Randy Cornelius (Tehahuko’tha) (ed.). "Kayanla'kó, The Great Law (part 2)" (PDF). Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. Archived from the original (pdf) on Sep 24, 2015. Retrieved Sep 25, 2015.
  18. ^ by Demus Elm, "An Oneida Account of Events Antecedant to the Establishment of the Great Peace" unpublished accounts from 1950 and 1971, translated by Floyd Lounsbury, circa 1990s ("preparing for publication" according to Woodbury in 1992 but Lounsbury died in 1998.)
  19. ^ Underwood, Paula; Franklin Listens When I Speak, published by A Tribe of Two Press, 1997.
  20. ^ J. N. B. Hewitt; Chief John Buck (April 1892). "Legend of the Founding of the Iroquois League". American Anthropologist. Washington D.C.: American Anthropological Association of Washington. 5 (2): 131–148. doi:10.1525/aa.1892.5.2.02a00030. Retrieved Sep 25, 2015.
  21. ^ * John Arthur Gibson; J.N.B Hewitt (2012) [1899(1900)]. Abram Charles; John Buck Sr.; Joshua Buck (eds.). "Founding of the League; Deganawida tradition". Smithsonian. Retrieved Sep 25,2015.
  22. ^ Committee of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve; presented by Duncan Campbell Scott (1911). "Traditional history of the Confederacy of the Six Nations". Proceedings and transactions of the Royal Society of Canada. 3. 5 (2): 195–246. Retrieved Sep 25, 2015.
  23. ^ Committee of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve (edited by Arthur C. Parker); Arthur C. Parker (April 1, 1916). "The Code of Dekanahwideh (together with) The Tradition of the origin of the Give Nations' League". The Constitution of the Five Nations. New York State Museum Bulletin. pp. 14–60.
  24. ^ John Arthur Gibson; Hanni Woodbury; Reginald Henry; Harry Webster; Alexander Goldenweiser (1992). series editor John D. Nichols; Associate Editor H. C. Wolfart (eds.). Concerning the League: The Iroquois League Tradition as Dictated in Onondaga by John Arthur Gibson. Algonquian and Iroquoian Linguistics. ISBN 0-921064-09-8.
  25. ^ "WILLIAM CANFIELD, Utica Editor, Dies". New York Times. Aug 28, 1937. Retrieved Sep 25, 2015.
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  32. ^ Edmund Wilson (1959). Apologies to the Iroquois. Syracuse University Press. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-8156-2564-3.
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A proposal for World Peace
50 State Support Network
8 mins ·

Outline for World Peace
Unified World order
⦁ Establish every Nation with a Guaranteed Republican form of Governance (Constitutional)
⦁ Establish them with a National Constitution, giving each Nation/ and territory the right to design their own.
⦁ Form a Declaration of Independance, and the Bill of Rights, include into the Bill of rights, the Civil, and Human rights endowed to them from birth.
⦁ Refuse for anyone to hold an office that is associated with any type of legal counsel, or holding another office.
⦁ Make them swear an oath of service to the people and to help protect and serve it, for the future of the generations.
⦁ Town level Governance
⦁ start at your local townships, and find all of the towns listed within those town ships, and help them to start setting up a charter for their town, a town constitutional settlement document (basically their own local constitution)
⦁ Declare those towns to be under home rule, with Committees forming of, by and for the People, Start with the local Library, and the VFW posts, fly the flags of the States in union, at the town level. Posted at the VFW buildings.By flying this flag you are declaring the right of Conquest, meaning you are the lawful guardians of the holders of title to land and it's surroundings owned by the people.
⦁ Start with your committees of Safety at the township level, who oversee the Safety of the people , and their Common Law rights (share the documents with all branches of law enforcement)
⦁ Have the people vote in a Constable for law enforcement, and a Justice of the Peace for the lawbreakers, to be brought up for Grand Jury charges brought to him through his office, by them filing complaints.

⦁ Establish community service Committees,who make recommendations for changes within that community on Education, jobs,food, everything that pertains to living a healthy, happy productive life.
⦁ Have the people vote them into their Town Constitutional Settlement Documents, and any disputes has to go through the town Council, so that it can be changed after the people vote for changes.
⦁ Have town hall meetings, so the people can decide what committees they want established in their towns.
⦁ Keep accurate records of the established proceedures that the people want for their towns governance.
⦁ Law Enforcement

⦁ County Governance

⦁ When the people of the County understand that the local Sheriffs are their to protect and serve them,and provide backup for the towns law enforcement,(Constables and Justice of the Peace officers) then they truly become Constitutional Peace officers.
⦁ Police officers must be merged into this plan, as they are from a former governing influence, and are not Constitutional.
⦁ If and when it goes beyond the County level, the U.S. Marshall Service is there as a back up for the Local Sheriffs,(sometimes they are called Rangers) and they have jurisdiction to go across State lines, and even in the air, they can arrest a fugitive, and being them back for trial in the Common Law Courts of the People.
⦁ The National Guard/Homeland Security (merge into one)and can then be used to keep unlawful people from disturbing the Peace at the borders of the States.
⦁ And they can be used to keep our infrastructure in place, and replace Fema, when duty calls for the People to have greater help.
⦁ Civivlian volunteers can be used at all levels
⦁ Town= home guard Malitias unregulated(working with the Constable)they are basically watch dogs for the Community.(Eyes and ears on the ground)
⦁ Townships=unregulated/regulated Malitias(working with the Constables of all towns within the township)
⦁ County =Regulatd Malitias called upon by the local sheriff and deputized as needed(working with the Sheriffs, and the deputized volunteers within the County, very well trained to serve.
⦁ State =National Guard called upon to protect the borders of each State, and for disaster relief, for the people.They are only called upon by the Governor of the State as the need arises.
⦁ If every Nation of every Country had their towns set up this way, then their wouldn't be any userpations upon the people, We would only need National help if the whole Nation was at risk of being taken over.
⦁ We would need the Navy to protect our borders on the Ocean.They could also oversee ,the commerce coming and going, and make sure nothing is coming in to port or going out, that violates the People's trust.
⦁ Special Ops forces, and all other forces can be called upon as needed.
⦁ This is what self governance looks like, and it is because the People come together to make it work for them.
This outline is given in hope for a world that is changing, and in hope we want to help influence it's structure, it is high time that "We the People have our voices heard.
Elizabeth J Enyeart
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