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Haudenosaunee-Native American Studies Research Workshop: Film Screening & Discussion – “Lake of Betrayal”

November 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Join us Thursday, November 14 at the University at Buffalo, in the Student Union Theater, for a public screening of the national public television documentary, Lake of Betrayal beginning at 5:00 p.m. – moderated Q&A/panel discussion with the filmmakers, writer-director, Paul Lamont, writer-producer, Scott Sackett, and associate producer, Caleb Abrams (Seneca) to follow.

This event is free and open to the public.

Presented by the Intercultural and Diversity Center, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Office of the Provost, and the Haudenosaunee-Native American Research Group.

Film Synopsis:
Kinzua Dam was a flashpoint in history for the Seneca Nation of Indians. Completed in 1965, it created a reservoir 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 the federal post-WWII Indian termination policy and undisclosed plans for private hydropower, the Seneca fought the federal government and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to defend their sovereignty.

Lake of Betrayal explores an untold story from American history about a one-sided battle pitting an impoverished Native American nation against some of the strongest political, social and commercial forces in the country.


November 14, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Category:


Office of Inclusive Excellence
Haudenosaunee-Native American Studies Research Group


Student Union Theater