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Paddlers mark 400-year-old Iroquois-Dutch pact
ALBANY (AP) -- A paddling expedition to mark the 400th anniversary of an agreement between the Iroquois and Dutch settlers in upstate New York is setting out from near Albany on its way down the Hudson River to New York City.
Members of the Onondaga Nation and others began their tour near Syracuse on July 2, arrived last week in the Albany area and resumed the trip Sunday.
They're carrying a replica of the Two Row Wampum to the state capital for a two-week stay before continuing on to the United Nations later this month.
The Iroquois recorded the agreement with a belt of shell beads in parallel strips representing the Dutch ships and their canoes traveling the same path.
There are about 200 paddlers in the group, which plans to land in the city Aug. 9 and walk to the United Nations.