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Being located in the heart of Haudenosaunee country, (Haudenosaunee is the Iroquoian term for "people of the longhouse") makes Syracuse University an ideal setting for promoting cross cultural dialogue and work on issues of concern to Native Americans (Native American Studies Website)
For further information please contact:
Scott Manning Stevens
Native American Studies Director
The mission of the SUNY-ESF Center for Native Peoples and the Environment is to create programs that draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge in support of our shared goals of environmental sustainability. (website - home)
The Haudenosaunee Confederacy (a.k.a. Iroquois or Six Nations Confederacy) encompasses the sovereign Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations. Haudenosaunee means "people who build" or "people of the longhouse." The Mohawk are the Keepers of the Eastern Door, the Onondaga are the Keepers of the Central Fire, and the Seneca are the Keepers of the Western Door.
Skä•noñh, is an Onondaga welcoming greeting meaning Peace and Wellness.
Skä•noñh Center is an educational collaborative that includes representatives of OHA, the Onondaga Nation, Syracuse University, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Lemoyne College, Onondaga Community College, and Empire State College has been formed to create the content for the new facility.