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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he does not think a statute of the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in New York City’s Columbus Circle should be removed. The governor was asked about it at his daily press briefing Thursday.

I understand the feelings about Christopher Columbus  and some of this acts which nobody would support,” Cuomo said.

He says the statue has come to represent appreciation for the “Italian-American contribution to New York.”

For that reason, I support it,” the governor said.

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Climate change can feel like a distant, heady topic. While fully understanding the nuances of the science behind it can be complicated, its effects are very real. And it is impacting people globally and in our community.

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Monday marks the traditional Columbus Day holiday, but some members of the community will instead be celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day at Syracuse’s Inner Harbor.  Organizers say there’s been a growing movement to change the commemoration.   Andy Mager with Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation says they’re also trying to educate people about the slaughter and slavery brought about by Columbus and others that followed.

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Most Central New Yorkers know lacrosse originated on the shores of Onondaga Lake thousands of years ago with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.  But many might not know it’s much more than a sport: It’s a game of peace and community that can be linked to American democracy and the women’s movement.

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Guests from around the world will gather at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Sunday for a gala to celebrate the life achievements of Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons.  The SU alumnus is 89, and is an accomplished lacrosse player, artist, and author.  Lyons is a leading voice at the UN permanent Forum on Human Rights for Indigenous Peoples, and has received numerous environmental and peace awards.  WAER News sat down with his son, Rex Lyons, and gala co-chair Gayle Kelley to chat about his influence. 


The public will get to hear more details this week about the next phase of remediation to Onondaga Lake along the southwest portion of the lake and where the County plans to extend biking and hiking trails. 


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Organizers of the 10th annual Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest  have unveiled the entertainment line-up for the 2018 festival in Downtown Syracuse.  The event happens the last weekend in July.  The festival aims to get everyone thinking about their appreciation and environmental impact on the earth.

Do you need to up your game when it comes to being environmentally friendly?  Outside of the Onondaga Nation Arena in Nedrow on Thursday, Tadodaho Sid Hill began with a presentation before this year’s festival line-up was announced.

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Onondaga County Lawmakers Monday temporarily put off a vote on extending the loop the lake trail over what’s called Murphy’s Island. The isolated and heavily contaminated 1.6 acre site sits behind the railroad tracks that run past Destiny USA. Activist Lindsey Speer was among those who praised the delay, and urged lawmakers to take their time. 

Wood Stick Festival Celebrates History of Lacrosse in CNY

Oct 2, 2017

The history of lacrosse was in display over the weekend as only the founders of the game could present it.  Philip Arnold is chair of the religion department at Syracuse University, and helped create the Haudenosaunee Wood Stick Festival.  

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Onondaga Nation parents and tribal leaders pulled their children out of the Nation School today in an ongoing dispute with the Lafayette School district.  Nation members say their council is continually ignored…most recently in a hiring decision for a new principal.  The district chose a principal, bypassing teacher Simone Thornton, who has been training for the position.