Archery range to teach skills, build community spirit

Published Sep 3, 2017 at 9:00am

SHERRILL — The Oneida Indian Nation has opened a 12-lane archery range at the Oneida Heritage store, 245 W. Seneca Turnpike.

The aim of this new endeavor is not just to provide training
and recreational opportunities for archery enthusiasts but also at reconnecting to the past and continuing a future of cooperation.

Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Habritter attended the opening ceremony on Tuesday along with members of local civic and government groups.

The Oneidas and other Native American tribes used archery to hunt and obtain food, and Halbritter spoke on the importance of archery not just as a sport but also as a developer of character and community spirit.

“The Oneida Nation was the first ally of the United States during the Revolutionary War, and members of the Oneida Nation have fought in all the wars which the U.S. has been involved in,” he said. “This range will help continue to build up the community between us and our local partners.”

Warrior Archery, or Shukwatli:yo:se’, features longbow, recurve and compound archery classes and archery supplies. The range is open from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Wednesdays. It may be reached at 315-363-1735 and its website is www.warriorsarchery.com.

The indoor range is the only one of its type between Syracuse and Utica, according to the Nation, and will help local organizations that support archery as an activity. It is forming leagues and will host groups including local Boy and Girl scout troops, and will host YMCA members who wanted archery as part of their membership.

“We sent out and received over 10,000 responses on what our members wanted to see, and we found many of them wanted an indoor archery range like this,” YMCA Tri-Valley CEO Hank Leo said. “The age range for those who enjoy archery was also surprising. It ran from ages 5 through 95. This range will offer a great chance for our members to enjoy archery.”