On Tuesday, April 15, members of the Onondaga Nation, a treaty-‐recognized sovereign nation with homelands in upstate New York, filed a petition against the United States with the Inter-‐American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Since 1788, 2.5 million acres of land have been stolen from the Onondaga Nation by New York State, and the failure of the domestic court system has left the Nation with no choice but to seek assistance for human rights violations from the international community.
Below you can read the petition and information regarding the Onondaga’s Land Rights Case.
Read the complaint (pdf)
Brief History of Treaty Making (pdf)
Chronology and Elements of the Land Rights Case (pdf)
Doctrine of Discovery (pdf)
Frequently asked questions (pdf)
Profile of the Land Rights Action (pdf)
Sovereignty of the Onondaga Nation (pdf)
Goals of the Land Rights Action (pdf)
Onondaga Nation and Environmental Stewardship (pdf)
Onondaga Nation Today (pdf)