How Oneida Nation Land Became Colgate

Laurence M. Hauptman (SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History) 

"How Oneida Nation Land Became Colgate"

Lecture on the history of the transfer of land from the original Oneida inhabitants to what eventually became Colgate University property.  Dr. Hauptman is the author of twenty books on Iroquois history, including Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership: The Six Nations since 1800(Syracuse 2008), which was awarded the Herbert Lehman book prize by the New York Academy of History, and In the Shadow of Kinzua: The Seneca Nation of Indians since World War II (Syracuse 2014), which won the annual book prize by the American Association for State and Local History.  He is the recipient of many honors for both his teaching and scholarship, and has been commended by many Native American Nations for community service.  He has given over fifty presentations in or sponsored by Native communities, and more than one hundred scholarly conference papers.  He has served as an expert witness, giving oral and written testimony as well as producing research reports, regarding Native American land claims and other indigenous affairs.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 4:30pm

Persson Hall, 27- Auditorium


Academics, University Studies, Bicentennial

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Jamiere Abney

Jamiere Abney left a review December 5, 2018

This program was interesting. I think there was some discomfort with the academic approach vs the stories present in our Native community members of the Oneida Nation in attendance. I felt the speaker tried to be respectful of what they could factually prove vs the oral history brought into the conversation. I'd like to see more of these events with a collaborative approach to the story of the Native tribes here in Central NY. left a negative review December 5, 2018

This was a horrible talk that only showed one side of a story, which we all know is not how a story is told. It diminished the history of the Oneida people, whose land that Colgate is located on. He spoke of us in the past tense, he spoke inaccuracies to students and is actually doing a disservice to the University, by telling the students and faculty a half truth.
He disrespected the Oneida people that were in the room, and told a song and dance over the voices of historically traumatized people. He made jokes at our exspense and which the student then thought it was ok to laugh at. They would never crack jokes during a Holocaust history talk, but find it perfectly fine for the presenter to laugh at the division caused by Colonization and destruction of a mighty people. Had it not been for the Oneida people, the revolutionary war, yous might be speaking English a little different.