New land use resolution returns over 1,000 acres to New York’s Onondaga Nation

A legal settlement will return over 1,000 acres of ancestral land to the Onondaga Nation, an Indigenous group settled in Upstate New York. The remitted property encompasses the region known as the Tully Valley and includes Onondaga Creek, 45 acres of wetland and floodplains, in addition to approximately 980 acres of forested land and fields.

The agreement is part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) Program, operated by the Department Of Interior (DOI), which manages damage to natural resources following environmental disasters, such as oil spills. According to a statement published by the DOI it is “one of the largest returns

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