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Onondaga Nation of New York

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A late June neighbor-to-neighbor, nation-to-nation celebration in music, art and culture was designed to help non-Indians understand just who the Onondaga are. Billed as a Summer Solstice Concert, the June 28 event was designed for all ages as a plea for understanding. Onondaga leaders have said the nation intends to sue New York this year in federal court, claiming the state violated federal law by buying about 70,000 acres from them, including nearly all of the city of Syracuse. The nation has said it will not sue individual property owners or evict anyone. "We are looking for a way we can come together and live our separate ways in harmony, Kent Lyons of the nation's communications office, told the Syracuse Post Standard. "It's easy to be good neighbors and friends with people who look like you and whose culture and economics are the same," said Geoffrey Navias, artistic director of the Open Hand Theatre, which blends masks, puppetry, dance, mime and traditional and improvisational acting. "It's more interesting and harder when the cultures are different."