About the Museum
The Oneida Nation Museum opened in 1979 with a small collection obtained from community members. In 1994-1995, the Museum purchased a large portion of the Turtle Museum Collection in Niagara Falls, NY, which was closing. This nearly doubled our collection size.
Oneida Nation Vision Statement:
A Nation of strong families build on Tsi?niyukwaliho t^ and a strong economy.
Oneida Nation Mission Statement:
To strengthen and protect our people, reclaim our land and enhance the environment by exercising our sovereignty.
Cultural Heritage Mission Statement:
To preserve, protect, maintain, and interpret the Oneida traditions, artifacts, language, customs, and history in a manner that shall promote the dignity and respect of the Oneida people and culture.
Oneida Nation Museum Mission Statement:The mission of the Oneida Nation Museum is to provide education about the Oneida and Iroquois culture, history, and nationhood. This is accomplished by developing, preserving, and expanding resources and collections, and by providing exhibits and other educational programming. The Museum also displays and promotes Iroquois artwork. The Oneida Nation Museum shall provide a unique and enlightening experience that can be interpreted to all ages for the next seven generations.
GOALS LISTED IN THE ONEIDA RESERVATION COMPREHENSIVE PLAN 1. Offer a variety of experiential programs to preserve and increase the knowledge and understanding of the Oneida Culture.
2. Continue with the Capital Improvement Project for the Cultural Center.
3. Educate and communicate our cultural values/beliefs and history to other Tribes and general public.
Director: Rita Lara, (920) 869-6532, email
Assistant Director/Collections Manager: Sara Summers-Luedtke, (920) 869-6531, email
Administrative Assistant: Sue Peterson, (920) 869-6539, email
Gift Shop Coord: Edmund Blackthunder, (920) 869-6538, email
Lead Museum Educator: Jacob Metoxen, (920) 869-6534, email
Cultural Interpreter: Shawn Skenandore, (920) 869-6536, email