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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > July 2015 > Name Change Squaw Island To Unity Island

Name Change Squaw Island To Unity Island

MAYOR BROWN HOLDS BILL SIGNING CEREMONY FOR COMMON COUNCIL LEGISLATION CHANGING THE NAME SQUAW ISLAND TO UNITY ISLAND

July 6, 2015 – Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Seneca Nation President Maurice John and North District Council Member Joseph Golombek, today hosted a bill signing ceremony for the City of Buffalo Common Council Legislation that recently changed the name Squaw Island to Unity Island. 

“Today we continue to honor the legacy of our Native American brothers and sisters who are forever tied to our city and region,” said Mayor Brown.  “I applaud the citizens who spearheaded the effort for the new name Ga’nigo:i:yoh  or Unity Island, as well as the work of Council Member Golombek and all the Common Council for helping us to continue to embrace Buffalo as a city of opportunity that supports cultural tolerance and respect for diversity.”


Mayor Brown suggested the name Unity Island as a fitting reflection of the significant growth in collaboration and opportunity in Buffalo…a city that continues to work hard to foster a community wide mindset that respects diversity, inclusion and unity as ‘core values’. 


City crews are now in the process of removing existing entrance and Shoreline Trail signs to replace them with the new name:  Unity Island.  Signs will be re-installed over the summer.