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County lawmakers mull returning land to NY tribe

SYRACUSE (AP) — Part of the Onondaga Lake shoreline sacred to the Onondaga Indian Nation could be given to the tribe by county lawmakers in the Syracuse area.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that the Onondaga County Legislature is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the non-binding resolution that, if approved, could lead to the tribe’s acquisition of a 36-acre parcel known as Murphy’s Island.

The land transfer is seen as a step toward healing relations with the Onondagas, whose reservation is just south of Syracuse.
The parcel on the lake’s southern shore is sacred to the Iroquois. According to their ancient lore, the man known as the Peacemaker traveled across the lake to the spot now called Murphy’s Island and helped create what is known as the Iroquois Confederacy.