Rejecting casinos, Onondagas invest in an experiment: futuristic greenhouses


You’d never guess who controls a Swedish company that plans to build 25-story-high, globe-shaped greenhouses that could cost $280 million each in cities around the world.

It’s the Onondaga Nation.

The Native American nation — whose only businesses are a cigarette shop and a sports arena — owns 85 percent of Plantagon International SA, a company that quietly has been pitching its futuristic-looking greenhouses to officials at the White House and to government leaders in Europe and Asia.

Oren Lyons, the Onondaga faithkeeper who chairs Plantagon’s board of directors, predicted Plantagon will build its first three spherical greenhouses in 2012.