Demand Onondaga County Keep Promise to Return Land to Onondaga
Please contact Onondaga County legislators and tell them the new Onondaga Lake shoreline resolution needs to be rewritten to explicitly protect the ability to give land on the shores of Onondaga Lake back to the Onondaga Nation. Sign the online petition http://bit.ly/OLPromise
The Onondaga County Legislature is currently considering a resolution that would effectively break a promise made to the Onondaga Nation to give them back a small portion of shoreline on their sacred lake. Governments breaking promises to Native Americans is not a new story, but isn't it time we stopped repeating the injustices of the past? Reneging on our promise to the Onondaga Nation will bring shame and negative national publicity to our community.
Contact the legislators. David Knapp, Casey Jordan, Brian May, Patrick Kilmartin, Derek Sheperd, Monica Williams, Linda Ervin, Ryan McMahon, David H. Knapp, Judith A. Tassone, Kathleen A. Rapp, Kevin A. Holmquist.
Phone numbers can be found at
Contact County Executive Joanie Mahoney immediately to request revision of the new resolution to protect Murphy's Island for the Onondaga. This new resolution originates from her office. 315-435-3516 or at http://ongov.net/executive/contact.html
Attend meeting May 3, Tuesday, 1 pm (Resolution first item on agenda.)
- Sign the online petition http://bit.ly/OLPromise
The U.S. EPA is relying on the 2011 resolution to define the “intended use” for an upcoming Human Health Risk Assessment. This determines the amount of remediation for the Murphy’s Island site. The Onondaga Nation is requiring cleaning it up to subsistence use standards.
According to the U.S. EPA, if the County's resolution passes, the Human Health Risk Assessment would likely be adjusted for the general public user, setting the baseline for cleanup at a less-protective level. (The rationale being that Americans do not regularly collect plants or fish for eating... that's an assumption that is clearly wrong, but that's a whole other issue)