There shall you sit and watch the Council Fire of the
Confederacy of the Five Nations, and all the affairs of the Five Nations shall be transacted at this place before you, Adodarhoh, and your cousin Lords, by the Confederate Lords of the Five Nations.
If any man or any nation outside the Five Nations shall obey the laws of the Great Peace and make known their disposition to the Lords of the Confederacy, they may trace the Roots to the Tree and if their minds are clean and they are obedient and promise to obey the wishes of the Confederate
Council, they shall be welcomed to take shelter beneath the Tree of the Long Leaves.
When there is any business to be transacted and the Confederate Council is not in
session, a messenger shall be dispatched either to Adodarhoh, Hononwirehtonh or Skanawatih, Fire Keepers, or to their War Chiefs with a full statement of the case desired to be considered.
Then shall Adodarhoh call his cousin (associate) Lords together and consider whether or not the case is of
sufficient importance to demand the attention of the Confederate Council.
If so, Adodarhoh shall dispatch messengers to
summon all the Confederate Lords to assemble beneath the Tree of the Long Leaves.
When the Lords are
assembled the Council Fire shall be kindled, but not with chestnut wood, and Adodarhoh shall formally open the Council.
The third party is to listen only to the discussion of the first and second parties and if an error is made or the
proceeding is irregular they are to call attention to it, and when the case is right and properly decided by the two parties they shall confirm the decision of the two parties and refer the case to the Seneca Lords for their decision.
When the Seneca Lords have decided in
accord with the Mohawk Lords, the case or question shall be referred to the Cayuga and Oneida Lords on the opposite side of the house.
appoint the Mohawk Lords the heads and the leaders of the Five Nations Confederacy.
The Mohawk Lords are the foundation of the Great Peace and it shall, therefore, be against the Great Binding Law to pass
measures in the Confederate Council after the Mohawk Lords have protested against them.
No council of the Confederate Lords shall be
legal unless all the Mohawk Lords are present.
Every Onondaga Lord (or his deputy) must be present at every Confederate Council and must agree with the
majority without unwarrantable dissent, so that a unanimous decision may be rendered.
In all cases the procedure must be as follows: when the Mohawk and Seneca Lords have unanimously agreed upon a question, they shall report their decision to the Cayuga and Oneida Lords who shall deliberate upon the question and report a
unanimous decision to the Mohawk Lords.
The Mohawk Lords will then report the standing of the case to the Firekeepers, who shall render a decision as they see fit in case of a disagreement by the two bodies, or
confirm the decisions of the two bodies if they are identical.
He may only
deliberate in a low tone with the separate body of which he is a member.
When the Council of the Five Nation Lords shall
convene they shall appoint a speaker for the day.
If any Confederate Lord neglects or refuses to attend the Confederate Council, the other Lords of the Nation of which he is a member shall require their War Chief to request the female
sponsors of the Lord so guilty of defection to demand his attendance of the Council.
If at any time it shall be manifest that a Confederate Lord has not in mind the
welfare of the people or disobeys the rules of this Great Law, the men or women of the Confederacy, or both jointly, shall come to the Council and upbraid the erring Lord through his War Chief.
The women will then select another of their sons as a candidate and the Lords shall
Certain physical defects in a Confederate Lord make him
ineligible to sit in the Confederate Council. Such defects are infancy, idiocy, blindness, deafness, dumbness and impotency.
When a Confederate Lord is restricted by any of these conditions, a
deputy shall be appointed by his sponsors to act for him, but in case of extreme necessity the restricted Lord may exercise his rights.
A Lord in proposing to resign may recommend any proper candidate which recommendation shall be received by the Lords, but unless confirmed and
nominated by the women who hold the title the candidate so named shall not be considered.
If a Lord of the Confederacy should seek to establish any authority independent of the
jurisdiction of the Confederacy of the Great Peace, which is the Five Nations, he shall be warned three times in open council, first by the women relatives, second by the men relatives and finally by the Lords of the Confederacy of the Nation to which he belongs.
It shall be the duty of all of the Five Nations Confederate Lords, from time to time as occasion demands, to act as
mentors and spiritual guides of their people and remind them of their Creator's will and words.
Such will constitute the evidence of his pledge to the Confederate Lords that he will live according to the constitution of the Great Peace and exercise
justice in all affairs.
If a Lord dies and there is no candidate
qualified for the office in the family of the women title holders, the Lords of the Nation shall give the title into the hands of a sister family in the clan until such a time as the original family produces a candidate, when the title shall be restored to the rightful owners.
It shall ever be his duty to lay the cases, questions and
propositions of the people before the Confederate Council.
If a War Chief acts contrary to instructions or against the
provisions of the Laws of the Great Peace, doing so in the capacity of his office, he shall be deposed by his women relatives and by his men relatives.
When the Lords of the Confederacy take occasion to dispatch a messenger in
behalf of the Confederate Council, they shall wrap up any matter they may send and instruct the messenger to remember his errand, to turn not aside but to proceed faithfully to his destination and deliver his message according to every instruction.
When the Royaneh women, holders of a Lordship title, select one of their sons as a
candidate, they shall select one who is trustworthy, of good character, of honest disposition, one who manages his own affairs, supports his own family, if any, and who has proven a faithful man to his Nation.
A large bunch of shell strings, in the making of which the Five Nations Confederate Lords have equally contributed, shall symbolize the completeness of the union and certify the pledge of the nations represented by the Confederate Lords of the Mohawk, the Oneida, the Onondaga, the Cayuga and the Senecca, that all are united and formed into one body or union called the Union of the Great Law, which they have
Every five years the Five Nations Confederate Lords and the people shall assemble together and shall ask one another if their minds are still in the same spirit of unity for the Great Binding Law and if any of the Five Nations shall not pledge continuance and steadfastness to the pledge of unity then the Great Binding Law shall
Thus are the Five Nations united completely and enfolded together, united into one head, one body and one mind. Therefore they shall labor,
legislate and council together for the interest of future generations.
Any member of the Five Nations who through esteem or other feeling wishes to adopt an individual, a family or number of families may offer
adoption to him or them and if accepted the matter shall be brought to the attention of the Lords for confirmation and the Lords must confirm
When any person or family belonging to the Five Nations desires to abandon their birth nation and the
territory of the Five Nations, they shall inform the Lords of their nation and the Confederate Council of the Five Nations shall take cognizance of it.
The soil of the earth from one end of the land to the other is the property of the people who
When a member of an alien nation comes to the territory of the Five Nations and seeks
refuge and permanent residence, the Lords of the Nation to which he comes shall extend hospitality and make him a member of the nation.
Whenever a foreign nation enters the Confederacy or accepts the Great Peace, the Five Nations and the foreign nation shall enter into an agreement and
compact by which the foreign nation shall endeavor to persuade other nations to accept the Great Peace.
When the Confederate Council of the Five Nations has for its object the establishment of the Great Peace among the people of an outside nation and that nation refuses to accept the Great Peace, then by such refusal they bring a
declaration of war upon themselves from the Five Nations.
If the Five Nations fail to obtain the
consent of the nation at the first council a second council shall be held and upon a second failure a third council shall be held and this third council shall end the peaceful methods of persuasion.
If a nation, part of a nation, or more than one nation within the Five Nations should in any way endeavor to destroy the Great Peace by neglect or violating its laws and resolve to dissolve the Confederacy, such a nation or such nations shall be deemed guilty of
treason and called enemies of the Confederacy and the Great Peace.
Whenever a specially important matter or a great emergency is presented before the Confederate Council and the nature of the matter affects the entire body of the Five Nations, threatening their utter ruin, then the Lords of the Confederacy must
submit the matter to the decision of their people and the decision of the people shall affect the decision of the Confederate Council.
All the Clan council fires of a nation or of the Five Nations may unite into one general council fire, or
delegates from all the council fires may be appointed to unite in a general council for discussing the interests of the people.
If either a nephew or a niece see an irregularity in the performance of the functions of the Great Peace and its laws, in the Confederate Council or in the conferring of Lordship titles in an improper way, through their War Chief they may demand that such actions become subject to correction and that the matter conform to the ways
prescribed by the laws of the Great Peace.
Every person not
entitled to enter the house by right of living within it upon seeing such a sign shall not approach the house either by day or by night but shall keep as far away as his business will permit.