The Friends Of Ganondagan

The Friends of Ganondagan was formed in 1989 to lend physical, spiritual, and financial support to Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor, NY. The Friends are Native Americans and non-Natives who share a common understanding of the significance of the past at the site.

Ganondagan State Historic Site is dedicated to the Message of Peace. The Friends of Ganondagan believe in preserving and promoting that Message by fostering an informed interest in Native American history and culture -- in particular, the Seneca relation to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. Ganondagan was home to the woman known as the Mother of Nations. She was the first person to accept the message of unity that the Peacemaker brought to each nation, and helped to form the Confederacy.

The Friends also share the realization that today they help the site move towards an important future. With your help, Ganondagan can become a center for cultural understanding and a beacon for the Message of Peace, a message which Seneca elders have said is the most important lesson for the site to convey. Your contributions help us to sponsor cultural events and allow us to continue to invite guest speakers, musicians, craftspeople, naturalists, dancers, and storytellers throughout the year.

Vision & Mission Statement

The Friends of Ganondagan, (The Friends) is a not for profit, 501c. (3) Corporation created in 1989 as a private educational partner to the Ganondagan State Historic Site. Located in Victor, New York, it is the only New York State Historic Site dedicated to Native Americans (1987), and the only Seneca town developed and interpreted in the United States.

Vision Statement

The Friends of Ganondagan, Inc. envision Ganondagan State Historic Site as the internationally recognized resource for Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history, culture and living traditions that express universal ideals of peace cooperation and respect for each other and the natural world.

Mission Statement

To honor and promote Haudenosaunee history and culture and to strengthen traditions through inspirational and transformational programming and other activities at Ganondagan with special emphasis on:

  • Encouraging respect and understanding between Native Americans and non-native Americans.
  • Collaborating with NYS, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and the local community to support and develop Ganondagan State Historic Site.
  • Extending values to the public that are alternatives to the popular culture.
  • Developing Native American youth and educating them in the wisdom of their elders.
  • Collaborating with other indigenous people of the world as well as with diverse religious and ethnic communities to promote the common values of peace, cooperation and respect for each other and the natural world.

Friends of Ganondagan Board of Trustees

Executive Board

  • Kathryn Murano-Santos, President
  • Bart A. Roselli, Vice President
  • Tammy Wemett, Treasurer
  • Judy Buckley (Cherokee), Secretary

Board of Trustees

  • Jeffrey Burnette (Onondaga)
  • Christopher Bethmann (Mohawk/Oneida)
  • Richard David Hamell
  • Grant Holcomb
  • Jamie Jacobs (Tonawanda Band/Seneca)
  • Elisabeth W. Judson  
  • Mindy Magyar (Mi'Kmaq)
  • Laticia McNaughton (Mohawk)
  • Harriett F. Neville
  • Tim Pryor
  • Daniel Rundberg (Cayuga)
  • Ann J. Russ
  • Nicole Scott (Navajo)
  • Teah M. Terrance (Mohawk)
  • Kae Woodruff Wilbert (Cherokee)

Friends of Ganondagan Staff

  • Meg Joseph, Executive Director
  • Jeanette Miller (Mohawk), Program Director
  • Rebekah Stormm-Reitter (Cherokee), Program Assistant