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As an adult man, he was notable for his height,  estimated to be 6'5," and was said to have a commanding presence. The Oneida elected him as a "Pine Tree Chief", in recognition of his leadership and contribution to the tribe. This position allowed him a place in the Grand Council of 50 chiefs of the Confederacy, representing all the clans of all the nations. It was not hereditary, nor could Skenandoa name a successor. During the next decades, he formed more alliances with the ethnic German and British colonists in central and western New York.
Samuel Kirkland , a Protestant missionary who went to the Iroquois country of western New York in , encountered Chief Skenandoa there and mentioned him in letters. Kirkland returned to the area in and worked with the Oneida for the remainder of his life. After Kirkland persuaded the chief to become baptized, Skenandoa took the name "John".
In part due to the friendship with Kirkland, Chief Sklenandoa favored the patriot colonials and led the Oneida to be their allies during the Revolutionary War. He led many Oneida to fight against the British and their Iroquois allies, who came from four nations of the Confederacy. Chief Skenandoa commanded warriors from the Oneida and Tuscarora tribes. Tompkins gave him a silver pipe in recognition of his contributions. Today it is displayed at Shako: Mohawk war leader Joseph Brant , who allied with the British during the revolution, had Skenandoa jailed at Fort Niagara for a period in during the war when the Oneida chief was on a peace mission to the Iroquois.
Brant hoped that the British could help contain colonial encroachment against the Iroquois. After the war, Kirkland continued to minister to the Oneida. About he started planning a seminary , a boys' school to be open to Oneida as well as white young men of the area.
In he received a charter from the state for the Hamilton Oneida Seminary, and in completed its first building, known as Oneida Hall. Skenandoa lived into great old age.
Nearing the end of his life and having gone blind,  the chief is recorded as having said:. I am an aged hemlock. I am dead at the top. The winds of an hundred winters have whistled through my branches. Why my Jesus keeps me here so long, I cannot conceive. Pray ye to him, that I may have patience to endure till my time may come. After Skenandoah died in at well over a hundred years old, he was buried upon his request and with the Kirkland family's approval next to his friend Kirkland, who had died in , on the grounds of Kirkland's home in Clinton, New York.
As a measure of the respect for the chief, the procession at his funeral in included students and officers from Hamilton College, the widow Mrs.
Kirkland and other members of her family, and numerous town residents, in addition to his son and members of his family and nation. The Oneida oral tradition tells that Chief Skenandoa provided critical food, sending corn to General George Washington and his men during their harsh winter at Valley Forge in — Washington is said to have named the Shenandoah River and valley in his honor,   and subsequently numerous other places in the United States were named Shenandoah.
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