Posted by: John Sutton | July 22, 2010


The Post-Standard, Syracuse July 21, 2010

By Meghan Rubado

Mayor Visits Nation Leaders

Stephanie Miner on Tuesday became the first Syracuse mayor in at least a quarter century to meet with the Onondaga Nation leadership on its home turf.

Miner attended a two-hour meeting in the longhouse to discuss environmental issues, including Onondaga Lake, hydrofracking and sustainability with the Council of Chiefs, clan mothers and other members of the Nation, the mayor said.

They also discussed the recent plight of the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team… “I told them I admired the stance they took, ” Miner said.

The meeting between the Onondaga leaders and Miner had been rescheduled twice since January after the Nation extended an invitation, she said. Miner brought with her Andrew Maxwell, city director of planning and sustainability.

“It was an overreaching discussion of how much we share on policy issues, and we agreed to be partners.” Miner said. “We’re both very concerned about the future of Onondaga Lake, the future of hydrofracking and the impact on the watershed.”

Jeanne Shenandoah, speaking for the Onondaga Nation, said the meeting was an opportunity to share greetings and discuss topics that affect both governments. City hall is located about seven miles from the Onondaga longhouse. Former Syracuse Mayor Lee Alexander, who served from 1970 to 1985, visited for a similar meeting at his request, Shenandoah said.

“It was a meeting of friendship,” Shenandoah said of Miner’s visit. “We talked about some of our situations here that need attention and the fact that we’re neighbors. It went very well.”


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