As America battled England in our war for Independence our ''First Allies'' the Oneida Indian Nation joined forces with us and established a relationship with the soon to be United States that is still in existence today.
The Oneida Indian Nation fought side by side with our Revolutionary troops and as General George Washington and his troops were battling cold and starvation at Valley Forge, Polly Cooper and a band of Oneida carried bushels of corn 400 miles to the starving troops. She taught them how to cook the corn, cared for the wounded and later carried water to our troops in the mist of battle. ''Polly Coopers Shawl'' is still in existence today.
Our ''First Allies'' today have donated $10 million dollars to help fund the Revolutionary War Museum. Again they are standing tall as equal partners.