Most Americans are unaware of how much influence the indigenous American Indian system of self-government based the Iroquois’s Great Law of Peace, had in the forging of a new nation, based on self-governance and freedom. When our founding fathers were inspired to created the American Constitution, they found the framework within the Iroquois’s Great Law of Peace.
The Great Law of Peace is also the basis for international law
YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE
FIRST DRAFT OF THE CONSTITUTION
Before the ideas of inalienable rights, liberty, and democracy were strung together in words, they were strung together in beads made of shells, in this Iroquois Confederacy Wampum Belt.
It represents 1,000 years of democratic principles that we Indians shared with our newer brothers and sisters (including Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin who openly acknowledged that our contribution formed the basis of The Constitution.)
Even “We The People” began as an ancient Indian phrase.
source: American Indian Institute and Congressional Record
The American Indians peaceful influence and contribution has long been ignored, but is undeniable, in fact. The truth is American Indians had lived under their own freedom based self-representative government that ruled for a 1000 years. This information was shared with the colonists, like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin was the official “printer” for the Iroquois Nation and their council proceeding.
The U.S. Constitution is modeled in both principle and form on the Great Law of Peace of the Native American nation known as the Iroquois Confederation.
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).
“We the People” was an ancient native American Indian phrase .
In the 18th Century, the Iroquois League was the oldest, most highly evolved participatory democracy on Earth.
The Preamble to the Constitution for the united States for America
“We the People of the united States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the united States of America.”
Ben Franklin served as the Official printer for the Iroquois Confederation Official meeting minutes
source: American Indian Institute
“A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”[Thomas Jefferson: Rights of British America, 1774. ME 1:209, Papers 1:134]
WE THE PEOPLE….
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Our founding Fathers designed a balanced, self-regulated representative government, one that provided legal protections for “We the People’s” God given rights, protected by the American Constitution and Bill of Rights. Trade, contracts and commerce between citizens was expected without government involvement. Americans were meant to be knowledgeable about commerce and to handle their own legal affairs, as freemen and Sovereigns, as We the People.
“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science
of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally
important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those
who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
― George Washington
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” –Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384
“Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.”[Thomas Jefferson to Isaac H. Tiffany, 1819]
“That liberty[is pure] which is to go to all, and not to the few or the rich alone.”[Thomas Jefferson to Horatio Gates, 1798. ME 9:441]