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

"Silent" Protests

In the 1950s and 1960s our elders protested Kinzua Dam through publications, legal action, and symbolic protests. 

On August 12, 1961 a small group of Quakers, the self-proclaimed Treaty of 1794 Committee and some of our Seneca people gathered in Kinzua, Pennsylvania for a silent vigil in protest of the dam.

By this time it was becoming increasingly clearer that the dam was going to continue to be constructed. A few days earlier, on August 9th, 1961, Seneca Nation President Basil Williams had received U.S. President John F. Kennedy's reply to his appeal for the President to step in and stop the dam's construction.


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