In the 1960s, the USACE invaded and seized the sovereign lands of the Seneca Nation at Allegany in western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. The Army Corps evicted families, razed towns, burned homes, and destroyed and flooded sacred sites and cemeteries. All of the destruction occurred in violation of the 1794 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States and the Six Nations of the Hodinöhsö:ni’ (Iroquois Confederacy).
Now, nearly 60 years later, the Army Corps is back, soliciting comments and input from stakeholders and the public on a Master Plan to manage the lands under their claimed jurisdiction around the Kinzua dam and reservoir.
There is an opportunity now to begin to address the ongoing injustice to the Seneca Nation and the environmental impacts to the Allegheny River, especially upstream impacts, that have been ongoing for nearly 60 years.