One of the largest complexes of its kind is coming to Central New York. See what it'll look like when it's complete.

A brand-new 65,000-square-foot community center, among the largest in the Northeast, is being built on the Oneida Indian Nation.

Located on Oneida Indian Nation lands in the new Oneida Neighborhoods, the community center is the latest step in the Oneida Indian Nation’s ongoing revitalization of its homelands and investments in the preservation of a vibrant community for generations to come.

Credit - Oneida Indian Nation
Credit - Oneida Indian Nation

Sports, Culture & Class

The new community center will be located near Territory Road in Oneida. It will feature a central cultural area that is inspired by the heritage and traditions of the Oneida people, as well as an expansive fieldhouse for lacrosse games and cultural events.

● Areas for language and cultural programming and education
● Spaces for community meals, and other gatherings
● Library
● Exhibit space
● Field house for lacrosse games and cultural events
● Natatorium with an accessible pool, children’s pool, and spa
● Gymnasium
● Fitness center
● Running track
● Play area
● Conference rooms and office space

Credit - Oneida Indian Nation
Credit - Oneida Indian Nation

Traditions & Cultures

The community center’s design will be infused with Oneida culture and traditions. At the entrance, broad wooden slats recreate the threading of a wampum belt, highlighting the important connections between people and Nations. The four elements are represented throughout.

In the community center’s culture core, a skylight in the shape of a feather and a stone floor with a snapping turtle shell pattern emphasize the Oneida Indian Nation’s connection to the earth and the Creator.

Credit - Oneida Indian Nation
Credit - Oneida Indian Nation

Center of the Nation

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 13. Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Oneida Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter said when complete, the community center will be more than just impressive features. "It will truly be the center of our Nation – an investment in the very heart of our community and a permanent representation of all the history and meaning that term encompasses."

One of Largest Tribal Community Centers of Its Kind Coming to CNY

When complete, the 65,000-square-foot community center will be among the largest tribal centers of its kind in the United States. Step inside to see what's being constructed on the Oneida Indian Nation.

The Cove

The Oneida Indian Nation just celebrated the opening of The Cove at Sylvan Beach, a $35 million vacation rental destination. The resort features 70 modern two- and three-bedroom cottages with full eat-in kitchens, gas grills, fire pits, and a number of other amenities including a pontoon boat so guests can enjoy fishing, water sports, and cruising on Oneida Lake.


Lakefront Cafe Treats

The Sylvan Beach Supply Co cafe is perfect for a quick bite. Boaters can even dock right in front to grab a sandwich, burger, or snack for lunch or a light dinner. Beat the heat with a variety of ice cream options, including the most elaborate ice cream sundaes and the best milkshakes on the planet.

Got a sweet tooth? The Supply Co is home to one of the largest candy walls in Upstate New York with literally a ton (2,000 pounds) of candy, and nearly 80 different varieties.

Credit - Oneida Indian Nation
Credit - Oneida Indian Nation

Be First to Book

Guests interested in being among the first to experience Upstate New York’s newest lakeside vacation community can reserve a cottage by calling 877.667.COVE (2683). Learn more at

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