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Mario Cuomo reacts to applause at a swearing-in ceremony for his son, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, at the Capitol in Albany, New York in 2010.

Former Gov. Mario Cuomo a ‘Steadfast Ally’ Passes On


He was New York State governor from 1983 to 1994 who passed up running for president twice during that time. He was a leader who vowed to allow everyone to have a voice. Mario Cuomo, the steadfast ally of the Oneida Indian Nation, died January 1 at the age of 82.

Cuomo missed the inauguration of his son Andrew to his second term as New York Governor, which Andrew sited was due to health reasons, died hours later from heart failure NPR reported.

Shortly after news broke of the former governor’s passing the Oneida Indian Nation released a statement from Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises, parent company of Indian Country Today Media Network.

“Today, all New Yorkers mourn the loss of a truly great man, Governor Mario Cuomo. Governor Cuomo was a historic leader and true statesman. He understood that one of the most important roles of a public servant is to work to bring people together for the common good. He committed his life to making sure that when it comes to public policy, everyone - not just the powerful – were represented.

“For the Oneida Nation, Gov. Cuomo was a steadfast ally. He was the leader who forged New York State’s first modern-day sovereignty agreement with our people. That agreement helped further cement our right to self-determination and self-sufficiency and put Central New York on a path toward sustainable shared prosperity.

“His legacy as a courageous leader and consensus builder will be a model for future leaders in our nation for generations to come. We commit to honoring his legacy by continuing to build the roads of friendship and partnership that he so embraced and stood for.”

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