Updated 07/11/2012 05:45 PM
Oneida Indian Nation donates $10 million to Philadelphia museum
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UNITED STATES -- The Oneida Indian Nation announces a $10 million donation to the American Revolution Center that's being planned in downtown Philadelphia.
The generous gift was made in part to honor the role the Oneida's played in the Revolutionary War in the late 1700s.
The donation symbolizes the fight the Oneidas endured in support of the American colonists for the independence from Great Britain. The Oneida Nation was actually America's first Indian ally.
President and CEO of The American Revolution Center, Michael Quinn, said, "In fact, they broke with other Indian nations to join the American cause during the revolution. They helped defeat a major British incursion down the Hudson River Valley and they were loyal supporters of the American cause throughout."
The donation will take a big chunk out of the $40 million goal needed to launch the museum.