the U.S. Constition; compares them line by line:
by Gregory Schaaf, PhD
Dr. Schaaf wrote this book in 2003, but it has not been reprinted and it's growing more rare & expensive every day. If you want a copy,once in awhile sellers underprice unknowingly. I bought one for $5 from Goodwill, after buying one for $100.
"Featuring a foreward by Mohawk Chief Jake Swamp and comparison by Gregory Schaaf, Ph.D., this book offers clear evidence on American Indian influences on the U.S. Constitution.
* A classic comparison of America's two original founding documents.
* A contribution for teaching Constitutional rights.
* Appropriate reading for children of all ages as well as adults.
*Popular in public and private schools throughout the United States.
Every American citizen should read and re-read the U.S. Constitution to understand our fundamental rights. This book presents the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights in comparison with similar passages from the Iroquois Great Law of Peace, America's oldest founding document. Perhaps a thousand years ago, the Great Law established the Iroquois Confederacy as a participatory democracy with separation of powers and rights for women.
Arranged side-by-side in easy to read columns, the comparisons are startling and thought provoking. The evidence along with other testimony was considered so powerful and persuasive, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution 100-0 officially recognizing for the first time in history that the United States was "explicitly modeled upon the Iroquois Confederacy."
"Excellent book! Five star, no question, hands down!
This book should be required reading in every U.S. history and U.S. Government classroom nationwide. It is evident that painstaking effort has gone into the creation of this section by section, two column, side by side comparison. It would be difficult for anyone to truly understand the U.S. Constitution without first comparing it to the Great Law of Peace. Congratulations Dr. Schaaf on a job well done! I wish it were more affordable so that the greater population may have easier access to it."
"Essential for students of government
This little book has clause-by-clause comparisons of the constitution of the Iroquois Federation, known as the Great Law of Peace, with the US Constitution. It shows how much of the US Constitution was inspired by the Iroquois. You can also see where key aspects of the Great Law of Peace were not incorporated, much to our detriment. The role of the Grandmothers in the Great Law of Peace is an example that I think is particularly important. We live now in a nation governed mostly by uninitiated men without any meaningful check and balance from the elder feminine perspective. Is it any wonder that we are devastating the very lands upon which our future generations depend?"
"In 1998 Congress recognized the Great Law of Peace as the foundation for the US Constitution. All Americans will enjoy the contributions of Native People to dignity, decency and respect for others in the spirit of the law."
The U.S. Constitution and the Great Law of Peace
by Molly Larkin
"[T]he U.S. Constitution is modeled in both principle and form on the Great Law of Peace of the Native American tribe known as the Iroquois. This is absolutely, unequivocally historical fact. While there may have been other influences, when compared side by side, the influence of the Great Law of Peace is irrefutable. In 1987, the United States Senate acknowledged that the Great Law of Peace of the Iroquois Nations served as a model for the Constitution of the United States. (U.S. S. Con. Res. 76, 2 Dec. 1987). And since the U.S. Constitution was a model for the charter of the United Nations, the Iroquois Great Law of Peace is also a basis of international law. When the Founding Fathers looked for examples of effective government and human liberty upon which to model a Constitution to unite the thirteen colonies, they found it in the government of the Iroquois Nation. In the 18th Century, the Iroquois League was the oldest, most highly evolved participatory democracy on Earth. [...]
The Great Law of Peace includes:
freedom of speech
freedom of religion
the right of women to participate in government
separation of powers
checks and balances within government
a government "of the people, by the people and for the people"
three branches of government: two houses and a grand counsel
A Women's Council, which is the Iroquois equivalent of our Supreme Court -settling disputes and judging legal violations
The central idea underlying Iroquois political philosophy is that peace is the will of the Creator, and the ultimate spiritual goal and natural order among humans. [...]
Several delegates from the Iroquois Confederacy attended the Continental Congress in 1776 as it wrote the Declaration of Independence and drafted the Constitution of the United States, modeling it on the Iroquois Constitution. Three weeks later, the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the United States of America was born. [...]
[O]ur forefathers copied the Great Law of a people whose land we stole and against whom our government committed genocide, and then kept it a secret for two hundred years. It just makes me want to cry. Please teach your children the truth of the history of our great country."
"When the Founding Fathers looked for examples of effective government and human liberty upon which to model a Constitution to unite the thirteen colonies, they found it in the Great Law/Tree of Peace of the Iroquois Native American Indian Nations. In the 18th Century, the Iroquois Confederation under the Great Law of Peace was the oldest, most highly evolved, participatory, self-representative government on Earth." LINK
QUORA: What did Native Americans call America before it was called America?
"Our Mohawk people, members of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, were well acquainted with the size of this land. We engaged in trade and commerce far into the continental interior and reaching the Gulf Coast. We had gathered sufficient information to refer to North America as "Anowara:kowa" the Great Turtle, which is is its overall shape. This should put an end to the lie that we were regional, ignorant and "Stone Age" in science, politics and technology." ~ Doug George-Kanentiio