In Memoriam


The Temple of Understanding honors the life of Tonya Gonnella Frichner, an Indigenous peoples advocate and citizen of the Onondaga Nation, who served on our Council of Trustees. Ms. Frichner was a lawyer and professor and the founder of American Indian Law Alliance (AILA), an indigenous, nonprofit, non-governmental organization. Ms. Frichner worked tirelessly for the rights and sovereignty of Indigenous nations, communities, and organizations. She will be greatly missed.