Coming to the Richfield Springs area since 1998, Dan Sullivan said he took an intense interest in the ways the area was influenced by Native Americans.
His interest in the Iroquois tribes led him to connect with Elizabeth Erdmann, a Richfield Springs Central School graduate who came back to the area and organized projects focused on that early history.
The two of them applied for a grant from Humanities New York that will provide two opportunities this week for area residents to hear about that history and culture first-hand.
Oneida Faithkeeper Diane Shenandoah, her son Adah Shenandoah, and author Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner will do two presentations in Richfield Springs Friday, April 29.
The three will speak to the fourth, seventh and eleventh grade classes at Richfield Springs Central School in the afternoon. Sullivan said the trio will talk about Native American culture, its connection to the women’s Sufferage Movement and Restorative Justice.
Later that day, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the community is invited to hear the presentation at The Lake House Restaurant, Richfield Springs with free admission.
Sullivan, who took over at the supervisor of the Town of Richfield in January, said he has some ideas to showcase on a permanent level the impact Native Americans have had on the area. “It’s all around us,’’ he said, “but it can be easy to forget.’’
For questions, call Sullivan at either 315-858-7023 during the day or 315-219-2112 after 4 p.m.