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During the 13 Days of Education, we as the Konosioni Senior Honor Society committed ourselves to work to change our name due to its appropriation of Mohawk and Indigenous culture. At the start, the connection was drawn between the unification of the two Colgate secret societies — The Skull and Scroll and The Gorgon’s Head — and the unification of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

However, there is no honest comparison of the sacred unification of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to that of two undergraduate “societies.” We have insulted the Haudenosaunee way of life and diminished the spiritual significance of their historical accomplishment. As Konosioni continues the process of changing the appropriative name that encompasses our problematic history, we would like to hear the voices of our peers and fellow students. 

Please join Konosioni members in discussing this process, the tentative timeline for the year, and provide input and suggestions. A form is available for your to provide asynchronous feedback.

This issue was first raised by Sierra Sunshine '18, who worked so diligently (on her own time) researching and talking to people to put together her original essay to the group raising her concerns. We would like to thank her for her work and the important contributions to this process.

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