Canandaigua Treaty’s call for peace especially powerful

Residents of all backgrounds gathered Friday in Canandaigua to commemorate a 222-year-old peace treaty between an area Native American confederacy and the United States — an annual ceremony that leaders say is even more powerful this year.

The Canandaigua Treaty was signed in the city between six Native American groups — collectively called the Haudenosaunee, or the Six-Nation Confederacy — and the fledgling U.S. government in 1794. It recognized the sovereignty of both entities to set laws as distinct nations.

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