Religion Department Sponsors Onondaga Land Rights Events

February 4, 2010

Author: Kari Arneson

Source: The Spectator

Next Monday, Feb. 8, the introductory kick-off for a year-long series of events dealing with Onondaga Land Rights will be held in Syracuse at 7 p.m.. The event is part of a series sponsored by several colleges in the area, including Syracuse University, SUNY ESF, LeMoyne College, SUNY Empire State College, Onondaga Community College and Hamilton College.

Professor Erich Fox Tree, assistant professor of religious studies, proposed that the department co-sponsor the series. He said that the program of events will deal with Onondaga Land Rights and how these affect and can guide both the indigenous peoples in this area and people in other regions. 

The series, entitled "Onondaga Land Rights & Our Common Future," was organized by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON), a grassroots organization that supports a fair settlement of the ongoing territorial disputes with the Onondaga Nation, including recognition of and fair dealings with the sovereign traditional government of the Onondaga. Professor Fox Tree added, "NOON also supports education about Onondaga traditions: scientific, medicinal, environmental and agricultural knowledge; religion/spirituality; governance and modes of peace-making."