With humility and pride, Hamilton College acknowledges its campus sits on the ancestral homelands of the Oneida Indian Nation. The Oneida, or Onyota’a:ká: in their Indigenous language, means People of the Standing Stone. Emerging in 1793 from a vision by Rev. Samuel Kirkland and Oneida Chief Skenandoa – both now interred side-by-side on our campus – to establish a place where American Indians and settler youth could receive a quality education, Hamilton College’s very foundation was built upon Indigenous reciprocity and inclusivity.

We recognize our past failures to implement this vision. Through sharing our community and educational resources, we are committed to building a sustainable partnership with the Oneida Indian Nation and the Haudenosaunee peoples; we embrace that our past and our future are forever tied to the Oneida People.

Pronunciation Guide
  • Onyota'a:ká: own yo dot AH GA
  • Haudenosaunee: H oh - D EE - noh - SH oh - nee

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