Donation of sacred NY Iroquois site being feted

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October 5, 2012

COHOES, N.Y. (AP) - Members of the Six Nations of the Iroquois will be in the Albany area to celebrate the donation of riverfront land that's considered one of the Iroquois' ancestral sites.

The Times Union of Albany reports that Toronto-based Brookfield Renewable Power has donated 100 acres overlooking the Cohoes Falls to the Hiawatha Institute, an educational program based at Syracuse University.

Mohawk Indians lived centuries ago along the falls, located on the Mohawk River near where it meets the Hudson River just north of Albany. According to Iroquois tradition, the falls is one of the places where the Peacemaker spoke to the tribes before they banded together to form the Iroquois Confederacy.

A ceremony, talks, tours and a concert are being held this weekend at the Cohoes Music Hall.

Associated Press 2012