New York built a highway ramp on Native land, and a tribe isn’t happy

The project was built on land sacred to three Native American tribes whose ancestors inhabited the area centuries before.

In 2016, the state Department of Transportation agreed to install large murals showcasing Native American history and tradition along the overpass . The murals — which displayed tribe members dancing in traditional dress — would have been seen by thousands of motorists each day and were part of a 2014 agreement with at least two tribes that allowed the project to proceed.

More than a year after Exit 3 opened in 2019, the murals are paid for and printed but have never been installed. And the DOT is asking the tribes to reconsider the deal, instead suggesting the state build a park-like path that would feature the images in a nearby, less-trafficked area.