Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation

Plans For Onondaga Lake

Another year has gone by without Onondaga County fulfilling their commitment made over 11 years ago to return land on Onondaga Lake to the Onondaga Nation. In the meantime, the city of Syracuse has unveiled a $108M Lakefront Revitalization plan. This project on the north side of Syracuse and the south end of the lake includes Onondaga Lake, Onondaga Creek and the Inner Harbor area.

Once again, the Onondaga Nation has been left out of the planning for their sacred lake.

Onondaga Lake is the jurisdiction of Onondaga County. The Syracuse plans primarily cover the Creekwalk and the area where it meets Onondaga Lake. The plan also covers a portion of the Loop the Lake Trail which transverses Murphy’s Island. This overlap raises a question about jurisdiction and possible coordination between the county and the city governments.

While the plan addresses many needed improvements to the area, some concerns remain. Input is sought through an online survey as part of the process. It is lengthy but please consider taking some time to offer your input.

Suggestions to advocacy for and support the Onondaga and their concern for our shared environment include:

– Encourage actively consulting with the Onondaga Nation leadership for all plans concerning the lake.

– Call on the county to honor its commitment to return land on the Lakeshore to the Onondaga Nation.

– Ask for signage to highlight Onondaga Lake and Creek as sacred sites for the Onondaga Nation.

– Ask that the county and city be clear that while significant cleanup has occurred more needs to be done.

– Point out that while Murphy’s Island has a paved trail, visitors will need to remain on the trail to avoid the pollution remaining on the island.

The survey will be open through January 31, 2023.

NOON acknowledges that we are on the territory of the Onondaga Nation, council fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

We are thankful for their stewardship of our environment.


Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center After a period of being open only to scheduled group tours, the Center has reopened its doors to the public for walk-ins! Skä•noñh is now open from 10am-4pm Wednesday-Friday, and 11am-4pm on Saturday.

“Rethinking Thanksgiving: From Land Acknowledgment to LANDBACK” webinar recording

Mohawk Cultural Tours – Immersive, Indigenous Cultural Tours Hosted by Experts

Virtual Programming- Ten Minute Teachings – Ganondagan

Virtual ToursIroquois Indian Museum

Virtual Tours and Educational videos – Seneca Iroquois National Museum



NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Next meeting January 17th, 7-8:30 PM, virtual. Since new people often have a lot of questions and you will need contact info for the virtual meeting, we recommend contacting Lee Cridland, Peace Council Staff, or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer, before the meeting.


To aid you in focusing, articles are arranged by topic and coded for length (S – short, M – Medium, L – Long) with a designation for Video and/or Audio.


Onondaga Nation wants appellate court’s attention on Syracuse Columbus statue: ‘Fundamentally offensive’ – M

Taking personal offense to Columbus Monument isn’t a legal strategy – LTE from plaintiff in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the city’s decision – M

Onondaga Nation has right to be heard on Columbus statue – WISH LTE – M

Columbus monument an ‘opportunity for miseducation’ – S

Onondaga Nation seeks to have its say in court to move location of Columbus monument in Syracuse – radio news report

Naming, Blaming, and Claiming: The Columbus Monument and the Struggle for Diversity Rights in Syracuse, New York – L

New York tribes want recognition for treaties from 1700s – L

They were enslaved as Native Americans, then lost to their tribes – L


NY Gov. Vetoes Unmarked Grave Act – M

NASA celebrates its 1st Native American woman astronaut – Video


Fracking Poisoned This Town’s Water. Now Frackers Are Being Allowed Back In – L


Big Foot Memorial Ride – short video


How a mysterious stone carving has secured a new home at the Onondaga Nation Arena – L

Onondaga Nation, People of the Hills

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Because the Syracuse Peace Council office is only open sporadically, contact Lee Cridland so she can arrange to get them to you.

The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code film is premised on Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, a book based on two decades of research by Shawnee, Lenape scholar Steven T. Newcomb. Available to borrow. Contact Lee Cridland via email or phone 315-472-5478

Standing on Sacred Ground Videos. Each of the 4 episodes is 60 min. Pilgrims and Tourists, Profit and Loss, Fire and Ice and Islands of Sanctuary. If you have a group of friends or know an organization that would like to view any of these films, please contact Lee Cridland phone 315-472-5478.

In addition NOON has organized dozens of educational programs over the past 20 years which are available on line at SPC’s You Tube Channel. Fifteen years ago we coordinated the historic series Onondaga Land Rights and Our Common Future. Check out the videos here.

WITNESS TO INJUSTICE: UNRAVELING HISTORIC NATIVE & U.S. RELATIONS. This inter-active group exercise is a 2 hour teaching tool that uses participatory education to raise awareness of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the part of the world now known as the United States. Through the use of meaningful quotes, and blankets that represent part of Turtle Island (the Western Hemisphere), we explore this shared history that most people rarely learn in traditional settings. We engage in a conversation about the European colonization of Turtle Island in order to deepen our understanding of the denial of Indigenous peoples’ nationhood throughout U.S. History. NOON is offering this exercise to groups, organizations, schools and churches. A good will offering to support NOON’s work is appreciated. If you would like additional information or to schedule a time for a presentation, contact Cecelia Elm.

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