NOON Projects


NOON has been involved with the effort to educate about and stop Hydrofracking in NYS since the Onondaga leaders brought it to our attention several years ago. Jack Ramsden is our lead on this project. He can be reached at or 424-1454.

Important issues worked on:

  1. A 24" gas pipeline, proposed to run from the Millennium Pipeline in Broome Co. to southern Onondaga County, has being challenged by a coalition including ShaleshockCNY.     (

  2. NYS's moratorium preventing Hydrofracking ran out and Governor Cuomo can decide at any time whether to allow it or not.

  3. Towns are passing bans to prevent Hydrofracking. Dryden's and Middlefield's bans have been upheld in court.

For more information, groups working to stop Hydrofracking in New York are:

ShaleshockCNY aims to bring together the variety of people and groups working locally on the issue of hydrofracking so that we can share information and to prevent fracking from coming to our towns.

FracTracker Alliance is dedicated to enhancing the public's understanding of the impacts of the global oil and gas industry by collecting, interpreting, and sharing data and visualizations through their website. For NYS

Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County informs about drilling in their area and education on Hydrofracking. Currently focused on the pipeline.

New Yorkers Against Fracking is a coalition of New York State consumer advocacy, health, religious, food, and environmental organizations and dozens of grassroots groups calling for a ban.

Frack Action is engaged in a legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, and public awareness campaign aimed at exposing the truth on fracking and building the critical mass necessary to stop it. It has organizers based in Central New York, Hudson Valley, and New York City working with volunteers across the state.

You can help by: 1. Attending a local meeting or going on a web site and learning more about Hydrofracking. 2. Putting a sign in your yard. 3. Working in your town to get a ban if needed. 4. Calling Governor Cuomo (866-584-6799, state your name, say you want fracking banned in NYS). 5. Attending a local or go to Albany for a rally. 6. Helping educate you friends, neighbors, and family about the environmental dangers.

Good Friends Garden

People from The Onondaga Nation and Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation have been collaborating on a garden project for about 7 years now, known as The Good Friends Garden. The idea for the garden came as NOON and Onondaga people found they wanted to learn more about each other while working together in an active, productive and meaningful way. Everyone involved was interested in learning more about gardening, as well as, becoming better friends, and so The Good Friends Garden was started. People from Onondaga generously donated space for the Garden, first near the buffalo field, and then a couple of years later in a field near the Onondaga Firehouse on Rte. 11A where it remains today.

There have been about 10 consistent gardeners with many more coming for occasional work days. Our interests have expanded to include taking classes in permaculture and bringing a Mayan permaculture teacher to meet the group, holding a Seed and Plant Giveaway for Nation residents each Spring, bringing Haudenosaunee elders and teachers to teach about seed saving and traditional gardening, helping to bring honeybees to the Nation and giving away vegetables to elders and others from the bounty of the garden.

Our biggest challenges have been having enough time in our busy schedules to garden together and finding organic ways to rid the field of an invasive weed called English Cocklebur. Our relationships as friends and neighbors have deepened as we find time to garden together, laugh, share stories and several times a year have meetings/potluck dinners to plan for what is next.

If you have an interest in helping in the spring, you can contact Cindy Squilace at 415-5508 or

 Historic Markers

Everyone's stopped at one of those markers beside the road, right? But did you know that they often misrepresent our history? They often represent prevailing ideas or politics of the historic period when they were erected. Or they may present the sentiments of the organization that put them up. As James W. Loewen says in his book Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong, (New York: W.W. Norton, 1999), these markers can contain "... omissions, distortions, and outright falsehoods..".

With the NOON Historic Marker Project we set out to analyze historical markers in our region which provide either inaccurate, incomplete or out of context information related to the Onondaga Nation. Please check out our work on the NOON website at to learn what we discovered.


You will also be interested in "Ten Questions to Ask at a Historic Site" from Mr Loewen's book to help you in understand and evaluate markers better in the future.


In addition to the web site we have distributing educational information and presenting programs. Future plans will be working with town historians and other groups and possible to erect markers related to important Onondaga History that has been ignored. We are working on changing an existing marker with input from the Onondaga at Onondaga Lake Park in co-ordination with the park superintendent. It should be erected by the end of the year.


If you would like to help with this project, check out the web site, pick up information the next time you see us tabling at an event, share with family and friends, book our power point program for an organization or become more active and help with our next steps.

You can volunteer or get more information by contacting Sue Eiholzer at 492-2682 or

Educational Outreach Table

A critical (but easy) way to help NOON, is to join us in staffing our information table at events. The more people we have on the tabling team, the more events we can staff and the more outreach we can do.

You, yourself, might have stopped at one of our tables, signed up for this listserv and picked up some of our materials (many of which are free) – so you know how important tabling is.

To help with staffing a table you need to:

  • Be supportive of the traditional government of the Onondaga Nation and NOON’s work

  • Enjoy talking to people

  • Be available to volunteer 2-3 hours (a typical tabling shift) occasionally.

If you'd like to learn more, we are happy to provide an orientation and a partner to work with you (we always have 2 people). If you helped in the past, we invite you to come help again.

This summer/fall we have had tables at the Onondaga Craft Fair, Westcott Street Fair, Wooden Stick Lacrosse Expo and Imagining America Conference. We have had many great conversations with people and given out lots of literature. Coming up are the OCC crafts fair “Spirit of the Harvest”, Treaty Day at Canandagua, Plowshares Craft Fair and the December Craft Fair at the Onondaga Nation. We expect more events will come up as the fall progresses.

Additional benefits of staffing a table is that you get to participate in amazing events, meet many interesting people and learn. Tabling can be that extra incentive to get you to events you’d like to go to anyways!

Do you know of events that you think might be good venues for us? Please let us know. We are happy to do smaller events, as well as, the larger ones.

If you are interested and want to know more, please contact Paul Eiholzer at 315-243-4498 or


Thanksgiving Circle of Peace

For six years, Onondaga people and allies have gathered together on Thanksgiving morning on the shore of Onondaga Lake to express thanks for the goodness of the Earth and to each other for our ongoing friendship, as we work side-by-side in peace and hope for healing, justice and environmental restoration. This event draws more participants every year and is a very moving and inspiring experience. Everyone is welcome to join us, dress for the weather, light refreshments