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In August, Syracuse University announced a series of commitments regarding the Indigenous community on campus.

The university said it would fly the Haudenosaunee flag at the National Veterans Resource Center, add an Onondaga Haudenosaunee language greeting for the Huntington Beard Crouse Hall signage, and work on 113 Euclid Ave., which is home to the Native Student Program.

The announcement was part of the League’s progress report on its “Campus commitments”, who informed current and former members of the League community of ongoing plans to improve the quality of diversity and inclusion at the university.

The university also invited Tadodaho Sidney Hill of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to deliver the Thanksgiving speech at the Class 2020 opening ceremony on Sunday.

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Some native students applaud the university for recognizing the land it is located on, but many have said the university needs to go further.

Jordan Goodwin, League junior and member of the Onöndowa’ga: ‘Nation (Seneca), said he was happy to see a Haudenosaunee language on the walls of university buildings and to see the Haudenosaunee flag flying in several locations on campus.

“Even little things like that make me so happy because you go to places and see words in German, French, Spanish, Japanese. But I never see the language of my people on things, ”Goodwin said. “So it makes me really happy to be able to experience this. ”

Kateleen Ellis, member of The Kanien’kehá: ka (Mohawk) Nation, and a senior in the League, said the recent changes are a step in the right direction for the university.

“It is important to fly the flag (Haudenosaunee) in front of the veterans building because it represents Native Americans who served in the military,” Ellis said.

Bailey Tlachac, graduate assistant for the university’s Indigenous Student Program, enjoyed the performance on campus.

“It’s really good to show that the university is trying to take a step in the right direction towards the representation of aboriginal students. It shows that the university (realizes it) is on the traditional homeland of the Onondaga nation, ”Tlachac said.

It’s really cool to show that the university is trying to take a step in the right direction towards representing Indigenous students.

Bailey Tlachac, Graduate Assistant, Indigenous Student Program

The mascot of Syracuse before Otto the Orange was the salty warrior, who became the mascot in 1928. In 1978, after Native League students asked the university to change the mascot, the Saltine Warrior was dropped because it was seen as unrepresentative and offensive to students. indigenous.

Although the university has moved away from offensive behavior towards indigenous people, some indigenous SU students still feel like outsiders.

“There is no malicious intent, but I just don’t feel like there is an effort to specifically invite Indigenous people,” Goodwin said. “It’s sad, but it’s just the truth. I hope that if the school helps us with our events, people will become more aware and engaged. “

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