How To Help
Brothertown members, academics, and legal counsel, through hard work and generous donations, have made it possible for the Brothertown to sustain our recognition effort for more than 3 decades. This effort sometimes - and necessarily - distracted the Tribe from pursuing the research necessary to expand and consolidate our historical collection, and creating the museum-level facilities needed for display, education, and storage.
We Brothertown cannot let this continue. If we were to lose our history, gaining recognition would be of little value. Yet the lack of recognition makes retaining and protecting our history far more challenging and expensive than it would be with recognition.
Again, we are grateful that we have been able to move forward on both fronts. Our members have made extraordinary efforts and, as in our past, the Oneida Indian Nation has been extremely generous. Academia has played a special role as well; historians, anthropologists, and archeologists have helped to protect our history in ways our people could not have envisioned previously.
To move forward with recognition restoration and with our history and museum efforts simultaneously will require a different kind of effort than that of the past 32 years. We are not at a crossroads, where we must choose between one or another choice. Instead, we are crossing a new threshold, into new opportunities. We look forward to your help in making the most of them.