Celebrating History

In 1995 members of OCC’s campus community and the Onondaga Nation came together for a ceremony at which the Haudenosaunee flag was permanently raised on campus. Twenty years later the parties came together once again to celebrate the anniversary of the event.

OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill (left) and Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons (right) celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the Haudenosaunee flag flying on the OCC campus.

OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill (left) and Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons (right) celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the Haudenosaunee flag flying on the OCC campus.

Lunch was served in the Bistro followed by a brief ceremony on the east side of campus. Participants included OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill and Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons.

The purple and white Haudenosaunee flag is patterned after the Hiawatha Wampum belt. It represents the original Five Nations joining together to form the Great League of Peace. The Onondaga Nation is in the center and is joined by the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida and Seneca nations.

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