Reclaiming Ohi:yo'- Restoring the Altered Landscape of the Beautiful River

American Indian Day, Sept. 15, 1962

September 15th, 1962 was declared to be "American Indian Day" by New York State Governor Nelson Rockefeller, most likely in response to the controversy surrounding Kinzua Dam. 

On this day our Seneca people visited the Cornplanter Grant in Pennsylvania to honor Senator Haines and gather in solidarity for the impending relocation and loss of this land. Members of the Seneca Nation of Indians, Society of Friends, and Congress were in attendance. The Cornplanter Grant would be inundated when Kinzua Dam was completed in December of 1965. 
Our Seneca people stopped at the construction site of Kinzua on their way to the Cornplanter Grant.
The New York Times reported on these events, highlighting the viewpoint that favored building Kinzua Dam. 

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