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Recent Virtual Workshop Series: Removing Columbus
Two workshops focused on the issues around removing and replacing the Columbus statue in downtown Syracuse.
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  • Thursday March 24 from 7-8:30pm: Why Removing Monuments Matters: Seeking Justice in Syracuse
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    This workshop will examine the historical impact of monuments as powerful political symbols, and the evolution of shifting attitudes toward removing oppressive statues. Guest speakers will share the success story of the removal of three Columbus monuments in Chicago. The history of the Syracuse monument, controversies that continue to create divisiveness in our community and the long-time activism aimed at removing this symbol of colonialism and racism, will be highlighted.  We will conclude with a discussion of how we can continue to support the goal of removing the statue and creating a circle that honors diversity.
Already happened - March 7 from 5:30-7pm: Goodbye Columbus: Time for Justice, Time for healing

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Act Now to Support the Onondaga Nation School and other Indigenous schools
New York State has consistently underfunded the three schools serving Indigenous students on their own nations for decades. We're urging the NYS Legislature to include the full $60 million requested by this schools to the $35.7 million included in Governor Cathy Hochul's Executive Budget. Take Action Online NowLearn more about how you can help here.

Replace Columbus Update

On March 11 - the 17th anniversary of the Onondaga Nation's filing of its historic Land Rights Action - Judge Neri released his decision prohibiting the City of Syracuse from removing the Columbus statue in the center of our city. The City has already filed an appeal of the Judge's decision. NOON is outraged by this additional injustice heaped upon the people of Syracuse and our Onondaga neighbors.  We will continue to campaign actively for the removal of the statue.

NOON and WISH (Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage) continue to work to make sure the Columbus statue comes down and is replaced by a broad heritage site honoring the diverse peoples who make Syracuse our home.

For full information, see Replace Columbus.

Witness to Injustice Program
We have developed an online version of the experiential program. Please click here for full information.

Indigenous Peoples Day 
2021 Indigenous People's Day Flyer in color here. In black and white here.
2019 Indigenous Peoples' Day organizing

Neighbor to Neighbor: Nation to Nation booklet available for download.
This powerful educational resource, subtitled Readings About the Relationship Between the Onondaga Nation with Central New York USA can be downloaded for free here. This link is designed for community activists and organizations. Educational institutions which are using the booklet as part of classes are asked to use the Indigenous Values Initiative (IVI) website for download and to pay the minimal fee of $6 to support NOON and the work of IVI.


NOON supports creation of a new Great Law of Peace mural at LeMoyne Elementary School in Syracuse

Demand Onondaga County: Don't Go Back on your Commitment to the Onondaga Nation

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About NOON

The goals are to:

  • Promote understanding of  and respect for the Onondaga Nation, as well as the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and all indigenous peoples.
  • Provide accurate information about the Onondaga Nation and their current issues of concern, such as their Land Rights Action.
  • Challenge racism towards the Onondaga, Haudenosaunee and all indigenous peoples through education, building relationships, and encouraging shared experiences between the people of our Nations.
  • Support and collaborate with the Onondaga Nation and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in their initiatives to promote environmental healing and restore respectful relationships between the governments of our respective Nations.
  • Advocate at all levels of our government for just and fair treatment of the Onondaga and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, including clear recognition of their sovereignty.
  • Work for the full implementation of the “UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

Get Involved
Please show your support of our neighbors, the Onondagas:

  • Sign NOON's solidarity statement
  • Educate yourself and others with background materials
  • Write a letter to the editor of the Post-Standard, Syracuse New Times and other publications
  • Request a presentation by NOON at your faith community/school/community organization, or organize a house party
  • Attend a craft fair or public cultural event on the Onondaga Nation
  • Get involved with NOON; complete our Get Involved form (PDF) and sent it back to us
  • Speak up in every day conversation that the issue is acknowledgement of land rights and justice; listen to friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and then express your support, knowledge and experience to correct misconceptions, increase understanding and dispel fears
  • Clarify that the people of the Onondaga Nation have stated that they will not evict anyone remind others that no one has ever been evicted because of a land claim; emphasize the focus of redress by the Onondagas on the environment which we all share.