The Gayogohó:nǫ7 (Cayuga) people are part of the Six Nations of Hodihnohso:nih (Haudenosaunee), sometimes referred to by outsiders as "Iroquois." The other five nations are the Senecas, Onondagas, Oneidas, Mohawks and Tuscaroras. Self-governance by the Hodihnohso:nih and Gayogohó:nǫ7, here in what is now referred to as the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, long predates the founding of both the United States of America and Canada.
During the Revolutionary War, George Washington ordered the Sullivan-Clinton campaign, which destroyed Gayogohó:nǫ7 villages and crops. The winter that followed was extremely harsh. In the years since that tragic summer, the traditional Gayogohó:nǫ7 have struggled against much additional adversity to keep their language and traditional culture alive. This has happened mainly on the Six Nations Reservation in Canada. In more recent years, the Gayogohó:nǫ7 have been revitalizing their traditional language and culture and planting their traditional seeds here once again in their original soils.