Welcome to the Oneida Nation: The People of the Standing Stone
The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. It is a member of the Haudenosaunee, known in English as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy. The word Haudenosaunee means “people of the longhouse.” The Oneida are known as the “people of the standing stone.”
Currently, the Oneida Nation consists of approximately 1,000 enrolled Members, about half of whom still live on their homelands. Through ingenuity, tenacity and hard work, the Oneida people have created a wealth of new opportunities and hope for their Nation and the Central New York region. While holding fast to its traditions and culture, the Nation now enjoys a level of prosperity, through the success of its enterprises, that provides housing, education, health and cultural services to its Members.
The Oneida Nation Enterprises also provide stable employment and benefits for more than 4,600 workers, making the Nation the largest employer in the region. Revenues are also shared with New York State and 10 counties in the region and last year amounted to more than $62 million.
Through the Oneida Nation Foundation and special gifts, reinvestment continues throughout the region and within Indian Country. The Oneidas have donated more than $20 million in the last 20 years to charities, schools and governments, including a $3 million endowment to the School of Law at Harvard University.