Developed for grades 7-12 as a way to enhance understanding of Native American culture, this half-day program offers students the opportunity to learn more about Oneida Indian Nation history, language and contemporary issues.

Oneida Indian Nation Homelands (October 10, 2019) — The Oneida Indian Nation today announced its partnership with the Vernon Verona Sherrill (VVS) school district to cohost a cultural educational program at VVS High School.

As neighbors and fellow stakeholders in the community, the Nation and VVS administrators have jointly developed this opportunity to enhance student awareness and understanding of Native American culture. The program will be held on Thursday, October 17, and is geared toward grades 7 through 12.

The in-depth, half-day curriculum will comprise four block sessions that will run 40 minutes each and cater to approximately 300 students at a time, based on grade levels. One block will introduce students to Oneida language, folklore and storytelling. Nation Member and Oneida Heritage Manager Ron Patterson will lead students in discussions regarding the history of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Great Law, including a separate session with grades 11 and 12 about social and cultural issues facing Native American communities today.

A screening of the Oneida Indian Nation documentary “The People of Standing Stone: The Oneida Nation, The War of Independence, and The Making of America” will be shown as well. Narrated by Oscar winner Kevin Costner and directed by Emmy winner Ric Burns, the short film explores the little-known yet crucial role the Oneidas played during the American Revolution, as the only Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to side with rebelling colonists during the Revolutionary War.

“This program brings to life the history and culture of the Oneida Indian Nation and its role in shaping our region,” said VVS School District Superintendent Martha Group. “Native American culture is often viewed solely within a historical context. We are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Oneida Indian Nation in developing this program of historical significance to our region and extending it to include contemporary culture and issues.”

“These types of programs play a vital role in raising awareness of Native American culture within our local community,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter. “The Nation is pleased to work with VVS in bringing an in-depth educational event to the students of the area and give them a deeper understanding of the history of our region.”


About the Oneida Indian Nation
The Oneida Indian Nation
is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. Today, the Oneida Indian Nation consists of about 1,000 enrolled Members, most of them living in Central New York. The Oneida Indian Nation’s enterprises, which employ more than 4,750 people, include Turning Stone Resort Casino, Yellow Brick Road Casino, Point Place Casino, Maple Leaf Markets, SāvOn Convenience stores, an RV Park and three marinas. Proceeds from these enterprises are used to rebuild the Nation’s economic base and provide essential services, including housing, health care, and education incentives and programs, to its Members.