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 (ŏn′ən-dô′gə, -dä′-, -dā′-)
n. pl. Onondaga or On·on·da·gas
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting the eastern Finger Lakes region of west-central New York, with present-day populations in this same area and in southeast Ontario. The Onondaga are one of the original members of the Iroquois confederacy.
2. The Iroquoian language of the Onondaga.

[Onondaga onó·Ntà'ke, on the hill, a village name.]

On′on·da′gan adj.
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They consisted of the tribes or, as their allies were fond of asserting, in order to raise their consequence, of the several nations of the Mohawks, the Oneidas, the Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas; who ranked, in the confederation in the order in which they are named.
Them careless imps, the Mohawks, with their Tuscarora and Onondaga brethren, have been here slaking their thirst," he muttered, "and the vagabonds have thrown away the gourd
But the Onondagas rejected the idea, and said they opposed the shipments.
The approved I-81 route directs trucks to travel south through Jefferson and Oswego counties to Onondaga County, where drivers would be required to use the Interstate 481 bypass to avoid Syracuse.
Leaders of the Onondaga Nation were informed several years ago by federal officials that the nuclear waste shipments could cross through their territory as the trucks travel south of Syracuse on Interstate 81.
But to make the situations more comparable, suppose a 25-foot wall separated the Onondagas from the surrounding white-controlled county.
Onondaga tradition holds that the Confederacy was born on the shores of Onondaga Lake, and the Onondagas consider the lake a sacred site to this day.
In 1654, the Onondagas revealed the location of natural salt brine springs to a French missionary, Father Simon LeMoyne.
Attracted by Onondaga Lake's clean, clear water and the beauty of its shores, entrepreneurs opened a number of lakeside resorts in the mid to late 1800s.
Hofstra begins by recalling a violent skirmish in 1742 on the Virginia frontier between white settlers and a group of Oneidas and Onondagas traveling from their homelands in New York to the Carolinas.
The Onondagas had some interesting myths, but their most important literary memorial is the so-called Onondaga Book, translated by Horatio Hale in the Iroquois Book of Rites (1883).