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

Footnote 6

To further explain how our Seneca people and the Seneca Nation felt about Kinzua, here is another quote from George Heron. In August of 1962, Heron was the Nation's Treasurer. George Heron was elected to be President of the Seneca Nation of Indians in November of 1962. 

In a speech made at the annual picnic of the Cornplanter heirs on the Cornplanter Grant, August 6, 1962, by Seneca Nation Treasurer George D. Heron, he says: 

Kinzua will stand for many things, depending on which side of the fence you are on. To the big businesses and industries in the City of Pittsburgh, it will mean more low water augmentation and limited flood protection. All of this at the expense of the American taxpayer. The Corps of Engineers will look upon it as a face-saving project. Perhaps, they do not fully comprehend the intricacies and hydraulics of Dr. Morgan's Conewango-Cattaraugus plan and would find it embarrassing to attempt a job which they do not fully understand. The cities of Bradford and Warren have an extremely selfish interest in this project. They are looking for a recreation area in their backyard under the guise of flood control. There are many groups, organizations and individuals who have opposed Kinzua strictly on the merits of the two proposed plans and have fought hard for an impartial study. To these men and groups of men and women, Kinzua will shine as a glaring example of bureaucratic incompetence and power. Lastly, we might ask ourselves, what does Kinzua mean to us? To the Senecas, Kinzua will stand as a monument, 180 foot high, a monument to bad faith. 

The full speech transcripts are held at the Seneca Nation Archives. 

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