The United States Senate has acknowledged that our law (Iroquois) served as a model for the Constitution of the United States (U.S. S. Con. Res. 76, 2 Dec. 1987). The U.S. Constitution was, in turn, a model for the Charter of the United Nations. Our law is the basis of modern international law.
The Americans copied our laws and customs, but they did not understand them.
Our ancestors recognized the sovereignty of all men and women by solving community conflicts through discussion in a People's Council. In our tradition, three criteria must be kept in mind through all deliberations:
Throughout, our ancestors always respected the other nation's different customs, laws and ways of life, whether they approved of them or not. They would work out agreements on how to live side by side.
- Peace: meaning peace must be kept at all costs.
- Righteousness: meaning decisions must be morally right, taking into consideration the needs of seven generations to come.
- Power: meaning the power of the people must be maintained including the equal sovereignty of all men and all women. Conflicts between nations were also resolved through diplomacy and consensus. War - or the use of violence - was only a last resort. Even then, the women and children of the opponents were spared.
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