Oneida Indian Nation Members have proudly served as members of the military not only on behalf of their Nation, but on behalf of the United States of America. From the bloody battlefield at Oriskany during the Revolutionary War to the conflicts in the Middle East, Oneidas have stepped up to the challenge of protecting democracy and promoting peace.
Chief Shenendoah, who led the Oneidas in the defense of the American colonists, prevented a massacre of settlers in German Flats and encouraged the Oneidas to fight on the side of the Americans during the War for Independence. He was given the name of the “white man’s friend” by his fellow Indians.
Shenendoah signed two treaties with the federal government. One, the Veteran’s Treaty, recognized the Oneidas’ sacrifices and their help during the Revolutionary War. The other was the 1794 Canandaigua Treaty which recognized Oneida sovereignty, land rights and tax freedoms.
These treaties laid the groundwork for the Oneida Indian Nation’s recognized sovereignty today. The Nation continues to recognize the contributions of its ancestors that chose freedom over tyranny that brings unity to our region and country.