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Onondaga County Lawmakers Monday temporarily put off a vote on extending the loop the lake trail over what’s called Murphy’s Island. The isolated and heavily contaminated 1.6 acre site sits behind the railroad tracks that run past Destiny USA. Activist Lindsey Speer was among those who praised the delay, and urged lawmakers to take their time. 

Wood Stick Festival Celebrates History of Lacrosse in CNY

Oct 2, 2017
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The history of lacrosse was in display over the weekend as only the founders of the game could present it.  Philip Arnold is chair of the religion department at Syracuse University, and helped create the Haudenosaunee Wood Stick Festival.  

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Onondaga Nation parents and tribal leaders pulled their children out of the Nation School today in an ongoing dispute with the Lafayette School district.  Nation members say their council is continually ignored…most recently in a hiring decision for a new principal.  The district chose a principal, bypassing teacher Simone Thornton, who has been training for the position.  

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About three dozen self-described Water Protectors came to Syracuse’s Clinton Square Tuesday as part of a national day of action calling on the federal government to reject The Dakota Access Pipeline.  The group stood outside of the Bank of America to protest the loan issued to build the pipeline.  Many people came to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, the native population that has been negatively affected by the pipeline’s construction. Water Protector Margaret Birdlebough of Syracuse was among the crowd.

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With signs in hand, Syracuse locals standing in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux started their rally by chanting “Water is Life!” to the beat of drums.

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A new mural will now greet students and visitors as they enter Syracuse’s LeMoyne Elementary School. The mural depicts the five Native American nations coming together to create the Haudenosaunee confederacy.  Andy Mager with neighbors of the Onondaga Nation says the mural will help to educate residents about the history that happened right in their own backyard.

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Onondaga County lawmakers Tuesday agreed to transfer a parcel of land along Onondaga Lake to the Onondaga Nation while the county continues its effort to ensure public access to the rest of the lakeshore. 

   Many were concerned an early version of the resolution  proposed three weeks ago went back on a 2011 promise to give Murphy’s Island near Destiny USA to the Onondaga’s.  But Chairman Ryan McMahon says that measure was just a non-binding gesture that never saw any additional action.

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  A film about the first spectator sport in North America is part of a special spring edition of the Syracuse International Film Festival. They’re calling SpringFest.  It’s focusing on films that have a Central New York connection through subject, filmmaker or local talent working on them.  Syracuse University Sport Management Professor Dennis Deninger says his film “America’s First Sport” tells of the first time spectators actually watched a sporting event: a lacrosse game.

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The Onondaga Nation is calling for a change in strategy on cleaning up Onondaga Lake. Nation leaders were at the lakeside today, criticizing one part of the remediation that failed. Nation attorney Alma Lowry says the public hears about progress, but not problems.

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The exhibits are in place and stories are ready to be told at the Skä•noñh  Great Law of Peace Center.  Grand opening weekend kicks off Saturday, after more than three months of construction.   The former Saint Marie among the Iroquois Museum on Onondaga Lake Parkway has been undergoing a $1 million  transformation …from telling the story of the Haudenosaunee from the French perspective…to now sharing that history though the eyes of the Iroquois.   Until recently, center general manager Daniel Connors says most of us were probably taught through a Euro-centric model.

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