Reclaiming Ohi:yo'- Restoring the Altered Landscape of the Beautiful River Main MenuWelcomingFront page for this Digital Exhibit.The Seneca Nation of IndiansWe call ourselves Onödowá'ga:' (oh-non-doh-wah!-gawh!), which means "People of the Great Hill". We are one of six other nations that collectively call ourselves Hodinöhsö:ní (hoh-dee-nonh-sonh-neeh!), meaning "People of the Longhouse".Ohi:yo'Ohi:yo', our Beautiful River, has always been our home and source of nourishment.The Kinzua Dam ProjectOur elders fought for our land and sovereignty in the 1950s and 1960s. They fought to stop the construction of Kinzua Dam.The Allegheny ReservoirThe reservoir has altered the landscape, ecosystem, and our interactions with Ohi:yo.The Allegheny Reservoir: A Visual Depiction of Water LevelsAt times of water storage the water depth of the river channel is approximately 26 feet, with as little as 6 to 8 feet of water during the winter months.The Significance of Kinzua to our Seneca PeopleThe U.S. Army Corps of EngineersThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in collaboration with the U.S. federal government built Kinzua Dam between 1960 and 1965.Kinzua Era TimelinesThis page provides two different temporal representations of the Kinzua Era (1956-1966).Kinzua Dam's Environmental ImpactsThe creation of Kinzua Dam has had lasting environmental impacts on our land and water. Learn more here.Ohi:yo' Restoration and Resiliency ProjectsMembers of the Seneca Nation's Watershed Resources Working Group are involved in various restoration and resiliency projects for our Ohi:yo'. The Seneca Nation's Fish and Wildlife Department in particular engages in projects related to building artificial habitat, repopulating our river's Walleye population, and building trenches to help land locked fish.Seneca Nation Fish and Wildlife DepartmentThe Nation's Fish and Wildlife Department engages in restoration and resiliency projects related to Ohi:yo'.Fighting for the Water: Fracking Wastewater in Ohi:yo'In 2016 the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) began deliberating a 1,000-barrel/day of unconventional gas drilling wastewater (Frack Wastewater) disposal facility in Potter County proposed by Epiphany Allegheny LLC. In response to the news of these fracking plans, our Seneca people again fought for our people, our communities, and our Ohi:yo'.A Legacy of ResilienceWe will continue on.Access and Use RightsFor our full statement on rights and use of our exhibit contents see this page.Additional ResourcesThis page contains additional resources that can provide more in-depth information that is perhaps not included within our exhibit.About this ExhibitThis page contains information about our intra-Nation departmental collaborations and exhibit acknowledgements.The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum663b8929f7a99e6bad2d94d8e2c4f4c0dbfcfc0fDana Reijerkerk3c44fb85ab096c2290175e81dd4f16f0002a41e0This exhibit was published by the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, 2018.
Red House Road near Red House Bridge
12018-08-16T16:17:26-07:00Dana Reijerkerk3c44fb85ab096c2290175e81dd4f16f0002a41e0308613Photograph of Red House Road and Red House Bridge that is now part of the Allegheny Reservoir. This area was once home to our Seneca people.plain2018-08-21T16:18:29-07:002018-08-16stillimageNAD-011independent sovereign nations, native peoples reservations, rivers, topography (attribute)Seneca Nation Archives DepartmentSeneca-Iroquois National Museumengprint, electronicimage/jpegreformatted digitalrecordCreation Date encoding = "w3cdtf"; dcTerm:dateRecord has been transformed into MODS from the original accession record. Metadata originally created in a locally modified version of qualified Dublin Core.dateCreated encoding= "w3cdtf"; dcTerm:temporalsubject authority = "tgn"; dcTerm:coveragesubject authority = "aat"; dcTerm:subjectlanguageOfCataloging authority = "iso639-2b"; dcTerm:languageNew York (state), Cattaraugus (county), Allegany Reservation, Allegany (county)This record was created by Dana Reijerkerk.1 photographredhouse-bridgeCourtesy of Seneca NationThe old Red House bridge used to lead to vibrant Seneca communities. Today it's abandoned, a casualty of the Kinzua Dam project.|storyid=139746162|**Third Party/Other: This photo was provided by a third-party, or by the government, a museum, or under other special circumstances. You should assume that you may only use this photo for one-time use in conjunction with the story for which it was obtained unless additional information about rights is provided in the instructions field. Permissions should not sub-license this photo unless such rights have expressly been granted and noted in the instructions field.**Dana Reijerkerk3c44fb85ab096c2290175e81dd4f16f0002a41e0
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1media/NAD-011.jpg2018-08-16T16:14:59-07:00The Allegheny Reservoir: A Visual Depiction of Water Levels7At times of water storage the water depth of the river channel is approximately 26 feet, with as little as 6 to 8 feet of water during the winter months.plain2018-08-21T16:16:47-07:00During summer, water covers our land that we have used for generations. In fall, much of the water reserves are lowered at the discretion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
As the reservoir is gradually brought down to winter pool elevation it leaves behind vast tracts of land. The mudflats that are left behind are a reminder of the land that was lost and show the continued environmental impacts, such as erosion and sedimentation.