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Screening  |  BEYOND BOUNDARIES/DARE TO DIVERSE: Lake of Betrayal

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

Screening & DIscussion Series presents:

Produced by Paul Lamont and Scott Sackett
Associate Producer Caleb Abrams

There will be a discussion after the screening with Producers
Paul Lamont and Scott Sackett, Associate Producer Caleb Abrams and storyteller Suzanne John Blacksnake (Seneca, Deer Clan) 

LAKE OF BETRAYAL explores the history of Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and its impact on the Seneca Nation - the effects of which continue to be felt today. The dam project flooded Seneca lands on the Allegany Reservation. More than 600 Seneca were removed from their homes and ancestral lands, forced to relocate to suburban housing developments and thrust into a new lifestyle that brought with it irreversible cultural consequences. 

Completed in 1965, the dam was originally proposed to help mitigate flooding in Pittsburgh, almost 200 miles downriver, but the 27-mile reservoir that formed behind it inundated vast tracts of the Seneca Indians’ ancestral lands, forcing their removal in breach of the United States’ oldest treaty then in effect.

Against a backdrop of a federal Indian termination policy, pork-barrel politics, and undisclosed plans for private hydropower generation, the Seneca came together as a united force in an attempt to save their land, their culture and their way of life.


Beyond Boundaries is curated by Jason Parker and Professors Ruth Goldman, Meg Knowles, and Michael Niman and and is sponsored by: Buffalo State’s Equity and Campus Diversity Office, Communication Department, and Burchfield Penney Art Center

Beyond Boundaries screenings are free and open to the public.