The Independent Order of Foresters became the vehicle through which Oronhyatekha was able to amalgamate the ideas of his Mohawk upbringing, which included Peace, Power, and Righteousness with the Victorian era values of God, Duty and Immortality to influence an organization that would promote Liberty, Benevolence and Concord. He was able to mold this exclusive fraternal organization into an organization that promoted inclusivity, tolerance and humanitarianism.
Oronhyatekha, Supreme Chief Ranger, Independent Order of Foresters, 1890. Photograph. Private Collection. Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario