RIT and Ganondagan Partner to Enhance Native American Sustainable Technology

Collaboration also includes research and community development projects

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The logo for RIT’s Native American Advisory Council depicts the Tree of Peace, which represents the union of the tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy.


Rochester Institute of Technology is entering into a research and education partnership with the Ganondagan State Historic Site, a museum and resource center promoting the culture and history of tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy. The effort seeks to enhance opportunities for Native American students and promote the benefits of indigenous technologies. The two organizations will sign a memorandum of understanding during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. June 7 in the Simone Circle in front of the Eastman Building on the campus of RIT.

The collaboration will also promote RIT’s Native American Future Stewards Program, which offers academic and social support to Native Americans looking to attend college.

In addition to the ceremony, RIT President Bill Destler will host a meeting of the university’s Native American Advisory Council including leaders from the Iroquois Tribes and government officials from the state and local level. The council will assist RIT in increasing opportunities for Native American students and expanding partnership opportunities between the university and New York’s Native American communities.