Support Onondaga Lake Becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Onondaga Lake was a site for the Haudenosaunee Confederacy consisting of 5 major nations: Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca and Mohawk. The 5 tribes had been fighting for a long time before developing a peace treaty. Onondaga Lake served as the central location of the confederacy and was important for the transportation of goods and people.

Starting in the early 1800s, English settlers started mining the lake for salt and developed into a tourist destination. The lake became extremely polluted overtime due to companies dumping waste and chemicals into the lake. Even today the lake is still extremely polluted. 

The Onondagas have been fighting to get back the land that was once originally theirs. Our goal is to make Onondaga Lake a UNESCO World Heritage Site to help restore the lake and give the property back to the original settlers.

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