Onondaga Lake cleanup to include cultural center at Ste. Marie site

— Lastly, to address the “wellness” side of Skä•noñh, recreational amenities are being proposed on the grounds. The Haudenosaunee have a close relationship to the environment and emphasize the relationship between all living things. The lands around the center will be used for sporting events, camps, and exhibitions, specifically for lacrosse, to represent the role this sport has played in the spiritual and medicinal history of the Haudenosaunee. Of the 1.6 million annual visitors to Onondaga Lake Park, most are using the park for recreation. Skä•noñh hopes to attract some of those visitors with strength training stations that are built-in amongst the landscape.

Overall, the cultural center is in the planning process. However, it already has great potential. Much can be learned from the history of Onondaga Lake and the Haudenosaunee people. More than 1,000 years ago, “The Great Law of Peace” was established to bring nations together. The Founding Fathers acknowledged that “The Great Law of Peace” inspired the development of Western democracy. An important part of our nation’s history originated on the shores of Onondaga Lake. It is so important that we preserve this history, and find a way to share it with residents and visitors so that future generations can learn from the tribulations and the triumphs.

Judy Tassone represents the fourth district ,which includes the town of Salina, the village of Liverpool and portions of the town of Geddes. She welcomes constituent feedback; she can be reached by email at jtasson3@verizon.net or at home, 457-5458.

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