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Volume 2   December, 2011

Oren Lyons Receives Syracuse University Environmental Award
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Native Nations of the Haudenosaunee [Iroquois] Nation.

New York:  Chief Oren Lyons has received the George Arents Award for Excellence in Social and Environmental Activism from Syracuse University.

Lyons is the faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Council of Chiefs of the Haudenosaunee. His duty is to maintain his people's customs and traditions and represent their interests in the world community.


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Lyons is also:
Chairman of the board of Honoring Nations at Harvard University;
Chairman of Plantagon, which has received world recognition in greenhouse innovation;
Professor emeritus of American studies at SUNY [State University New York University at Buffalo];
Distinguished service professor at SUNY;
Publisher of the national Native American publication "Daybreak" magazine;
Co-editor of "Exiled in the Land of the Free."

Among Lyons' many honors are the:
Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor;
National Audubon Award;
First Annual Earth Day International Award of the United Nations;
Elder and Wiser Award of the Rosa Parks Institute for Human Rights

 

Lyons was a star student- athlete in lacrosse at Syracuse. He:

Won the University's Laurie Cox Award in 1957;
Won the Orange Key Award in 1957;
Received the Syracuse University Letterman of Distinction Award in 1989;
Was inducted into the Syracuse University Sports Hall of Fame;
Was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame;
Is a founding member of the Onondaga Athletic Club;
Is chairman of the Iroquois Nationals.


At Syracuse:

Oren received his B.A. in fine arts in 1993;
Syracuse presented Lyons with an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1993;
Lyons delivered the Syracuse University Commencement address in 1993
A campus residence hall, Lyons Hall, is named in his honor.

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