Onondaga Nation leaders filed a petition on April 15 with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an independent panel of the Organization of American States. The petition is filed against the United States and alleges that the US violated the Onondaga Nation’s human rights by stealing 2.5 million acres.
More than 50 members of the Onondaga Nation and supporters of the nation traveled to Washington, D.C., to demonstrate in front of the White House. Onondaga Nation Chief and Tadodaho Sid Hill and Faithkeeper Oren Lyons publicly displayed the wampum belt commissioned by George Washington to mark the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua. The peace treaty guaranteed the Six Nations of the Iroquois “the free use and enjoyment” of their land.