Syracuse University is just minutes from the heartland of Haudenosaunee territory—and invested in a relationship with its Native American neighbors that promotes cross-cultural dialogue, research opportunities, and stronger appreciation for Native American contributions.

Fall Native American Outreach Day

October 10, 2014

Did you know that Syracuse University has the largest concentration of Haudenosaunee students in the United States, as well as Indigenous students from areas such as Alaska, New Mexico, and Bolivia? If you’re a Native American student, attend this program to learn more about Syracuse University and the Indigenous programs and support services available to all Indigenous students. Admissions interviews will be offered for interested high school seniors and prospective transfer students.

Register online. If you have further questions, please contact either Regina Jones at 315-443-0258 or rajones@syr.edu or Tammy Bluewolf-Kennedy at 315-443-4844 or tbluewol@syr.edu

 

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Quick Facts

Location

Main campus is in Syracuse, N.Y. (in Onondaga Nation territory), and just 45 minutes from the Oneida Nation.

Enrollment

Undergraduate enrollment is just over 13,000, including 350 Native American students.

Native Students

Ranked as one of the top 200 colleges for Indigenous students (American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s Winds of Change)

Scholarship

Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship

Who qualifies? Citizens of the Haudenosaunee Nation who reside on a nation territory

What does the scholarship cover? Cost of tuition, mandatory fees, and housing and meals (on campus, as outlined in the University’s Cost of Attendance), as well as optional study abroad opportunities. Learn more.

Culture and Community

Native Heritage Month

As part of Native Heritage Month, you’ll enjoy screenings of Indigenous films, comedians, lectures, social dances, and other cultural festivities that celebrate Native heritage. This event is hosted by SU, in partnership with other area colleges such as Onondaga Community College and Ithaca College.

Native Student Program

Beginning with a three-day orientation program, the Native Student Program supports you during your transition to college and throughout your entire undergraduate experience. You’ll have the opportunity to attend workshops and receive academic counseling, as well as travel to places like Washington, D.C., to explore Indigenous history. Native students gather weekly at the program’s headquarters, 113 Euclid Avenue.

Indigenous Students at Syracuse (ISAS)

This student-run organization promotes awareness of, and provides a sense of belonging for, Indigenous students on campus. ISAS also educates the SU community about Indigenous issues and concerns. Learn more.

Indigenous Living Learning Community

SU’s residential learning communities support you in developing skills and attitudes that enhance academic achievement, help you make friends quickly and easily, and give you the tools to balance your academic and social lives. If you choose to live in the Indigenous Living Learning Community, you’ll live and work with other students while focusing on the traditions of Native peoples, particularly religion, history, aesthetics, and politics.

Native American Studies Minor

SU’s Native American Studies minor, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, explores the lives of Indigenous peoples from religious, historical, political, and aesthetic perspectives back to cultures that existed more than 11,000 years ago.

Ongwehonwe Alumni Association

Ongwehonwe, the Onondaga word for First Nation peoples, is also the name of SU’s Indigenous Alumni Association, a group of more than 400 members representing every school and college at the University.

Lacrosse

Lacrosse is very popular at Syracuse University. Women’s and men’s lacrosse are official sports and lacrosse is also available as a club sport.

The Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center

The Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center, located nearby at Onondaga Lake Park, is a collaborative project between Onondaga County, Onondaga Historical Association, SU and other educational institutions in the area, and the Onondaga Nation.  It tells the ancient and enduring story of the Great Law of Peace from its founding to the present time.  Students are encouraged to be involved with the planning and events associated with the Center, which is due to open in October 2015.

Other Resources at SU and Beyond

fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program

Designed to help you adjust to the academic, social, professional, and personal challenges of college life by providing academic resources outside the classroom. Learn more.

Connections Program

Connects you with experienced students for advice about settling into Syracuse, living with a roommate, opening a bank account, meeting new friends, and handling academics. Learn more.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Program Grant (NACME)

Provides scholarships to Native American students with financial need who are enrolled in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. Learn more.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students

Provides competitive, merit- and need-based scholarships for outstanding minority accounting students, including Native Americans.

Learn more.

Native American SUNY: Western Consortium

Created by the State University of New York (SUNY) to address the higher education needs of Native American communities, the program provides aid in the form of Haudenosaunee and general Native scholarships and grants. Learn more.

Distant Drums Scholarships for Part-Time Indigenous Students

Scholarships for Native adult students who are enrolled in part-time study at SU through University College. Learn more.

Marathon Oil Corporation/UNCF Corporate Scholars Program

Scholarships and summer internships at various Marathon operation locations are available to Native American engineering majors. Learn more.

Native Alumni


Oren Lyons ’58, H’93 Turtle Clan Faithkeeper, SU’s first Native graduate, and frequent lecturer at the UN

Ann Drumheller ’89, special assistant, Native American Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution and the first Native woman to letter all four years in volleyball.

Stephanie Waterman, G’04, assistant professor at University of Rochester and the first Onondaga to earn a Ph.D. from Syracuse University

Brett Bucktooth ’06, Syracuse University All-American lacrosse player, National Lacrosse League All-Star, and member of the Iroquois Nationals and Onondaga Redhawks

Alumni Representatives

Native American Alumni will assist you with the admissions process; campus tours; answers to your questions via e-mail, phone, or Skype; and at college fairs, high school visits, and interviews.

-Melissa Jane Qillauruq Tabor, Inupiaq
Kotzebue, AK
Dual major Psychology and Religion, Gerontology minor ’11

-Alexander Jimerson, Cattaraugus Seneca
Irving, NY
Public Health, Native studies minor ’11

-Shara Francis-Herne, Akwesasne Mohawk
Akwesasne, NY
Psychology, Native Studies Minor ’11

-Phillip Rohetiio White Cree, Akwesasne Mohawk
Akwesasne, NY
Architecture, Native studies minor ’12

-Jenn Ullman, Salamanca Seneca
Salamanca, NY

-Justin Schaap, Salamanca Seneca
Salamanca, NY

To reach an alumni representative, please contact Tammy Bluewolf-Kennedy at tbluewol@syr.edu.

Contact Information

For questions and information, please contact:

Tammy Bluewolf-Kennedy
Admissions Counselor and Native American Liaison
Office of Admissions
315-443-4844
tbluewol@syr.edu