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Unlike several other New York native nations, the Onondaga Nation has chosen not to become involved in the casino business or other gambling ventures; instead, the Nation operates a tax-free smoke shop, which funds many community projects, including the repair of homes, a reservation water system, a healing center, and the Onondaga Nation multi-purpose arena.
Opened in 2002, the 1,900-seat ultra-modern facility boasts over 40,000 square feet, and doubles as a facility for both hockey and lacrosse, not only for Onondaga citizens, but for neighboring town, city, high school and college teams as well.
The League was composed of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca nations.
In or close to 1722, the Tuscarora tribe joined the League, having migrated from the Carolinas after being displaced by Anglo-European settlement.
The Onondaga Nation is a member of what is now commonly referred to as the Haudenosaunee (a name translated as the “People of the Long House”), an alliance of native nations united for the past several hundred years by complementary traditions, beliefs and cultural values.