Support the Onondaga Nation's Quest for Justice

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:00pm
412 Spencer St., Syracuse
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Please join our gathering in support of the Onondaga Nation as they bring their Land Rights Action to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (part of Organization of American States) as the next step in their quest for justice.

Jake Edwards, Oren Lyons and Joe Heath
at the Land Rights Action news conference
in March, 2005.

We will gather at Syracuse's Inner Harbor, where Onondaga Creek begins its final flow into Onondaga Lake. We will hear about the filing and offer our appreciations. If weather permits, those who wish to will walk to the Lake (about a mile).

The Land Rights Action was originally filed in federal court in 2005. It was dismissed at the federal district court level, by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and then denied a hearing by the Supreme Court last October. The merits of the Onondaga Nation's Land Rights Action will never be considered by a U.S. court.

As they made clear in the opening paragraph of the Land Rights Action, the Onondaga seek healing for us all:

The Onondaga People wish to bring about a healing between themselves and all others who live in this region that has been the homeland of the Onondaga Nation since the dawn of time. The Nation and its people have a unique spiritual, cultural, and historic relationship with the land, which is embodied in Gayanashagowa, the Great Law of Peace. This relationship goes far beyond federal and state legal concepts of ownership, possession or legal rights. The people are one with the land, and consider themselves stewards of it. It is the duty of the Nation’s leaders to work for a healing of this land, to protect it, and to pass it on to future generations. The Onondaga Nation brings this action on behalf of its people in the hope that it may hasten the process of reconciliation and bring lasting justice, peace, and respect among all who inhabit the area.

For more information about the Land Rights Action, visit

For more information about this event, contact Carol at or  315.472.5478