Lake of Betrayal – Film

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Presented by the Warren County Historical Society

October 6, 2017 – 7:00 PM

Free Admission


Lake of Betrayal Artwork (1)Kinzua Dam was a flashpoint in history for the Seneca Nation of Indians. Completed in 1965, it created a reservoir on the Allegheny River that inundated vast tracts of their ancestral lands. This was in breach of the Canandaigua Treaty of
1794 signed by President George Washington which had guaranteed them their lands “forever.”
Set against a backdrop of a federal Indian termination policy, pork-barrel politics, and undisclosed plans for private
hydropower, the Seneca fought the federal government and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to defend their
Lake of Betrayal explores an untold story from American history about this one-sided battle pitting an impoverished
Native American nation against some of the strongest political, social and commercial forces in the country. Caught in
the middle were the Seneca’s non-Native neighbors whose towns and villages on the upper Allegheny would also be
sacrificed for Kinzua Dam.

Director: Paul Lamont


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