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Onondaga Land Rights Series: Closing Celebration Tuesday, February 22 @ 7pm

The year-long Onondaga Land Rights and Our Common Future series will conclude with a Celebration and Cultural Sharing featuring the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers on Tuesday, February 22 at 7 pm at the Onondaga Nation School, Rt. 11A, Onondaga Nation. “This gathering provides a wonderful opportunity for Central New Yorkers to celebrate the cultural sharing which has taken place over the past year by learning and participating in Haudenosaunee Social Dancing,” notes series coordinator Andy Mager. “This seems a perfect way to close out a year of learning and building new relationships.” The Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers, led by Sherri Waterman Hopper (Onondaga Beaver Clan), received the 2003 Wisdom Keepers Award. They have shared Onondaga and Haudenosaunee culture through music and dance with groups far and wide for many years. The Onondaga Land Rights and Our Common Future series is a year-long educational series coordinated by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation and co-sponsored by 12 major universities, lead by Syracuse University, SUNY ESF, Le Moyne College, Empire State College and Onondaga Community College. Community sponsors include Interfaith Works, the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and the Syracuse Center of Excellence. The series events have addressed a diverse range of issues related to Onondaga Land Rights, including the Doctrine of Discovery, the indigenous roots of lacrosse, Onondaga Lake, Hydrofracking, the influence of Haudenosaunee Women, cultural resource protection, treaties, stereotypes and mascots, the Great Law of Peace and other environmental issues. Admission is free and a reception will follow the program. For more information, including reports, photos and videos of the series events, see http://www.peacecouncil.net/noon or call 315-472-5478.