Oneida Nation returns to corn farming tradition

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is returning to its corn farming tradition with the hopes of improving tribal members' health and preserving tribal culture.

The Oneidas went to their ancestral homeland in New York 16 years ago to obtain seeds for white corn. The tribe harvests the corn at a farm on the reservation.

"Even though we've been removed from New York, we're still connected. The white corn goes back to the creation story to provide for our people," Vickie Cornelius, the manager of the tribal cannery, told The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The Oneida gave white corn to George Washington and his troops to help them survive a harsh winter during the Revolutionary War.

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Returning to their roots, health (The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 11/17)