Film and Discussion: Lake of Betrayal

lake of betrayal
Wednesday November 20, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Walker Recital Hall
To mark Native American Heritage Month, the Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society, Mercyhurst Anthropology and Archaeology Department, and Mercyhurst Thomas B. Hagen Department of History will co-sponsor a screening of the 2017 documentary Lake of Betrayal on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall. The film explores the history of Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and its impact on the Seneca Nation. Completed in 1965, it was originally proposed to help mitigate flooding in the City of Pittsburgh – 200 miles downriver, but the 27-mile reservoir that formed behind it inundated vast tracts of the Seneca Indians’ ancestral lands, forcing their removal in breach of the United States’ oldest treaty still in effect. Following the film, Mercyhurst anthropologist Dr. Ed Jolie will discuss it with two members of the Seneca Nation, Dennis J. Bowen Sr. and Stephen Gordon. The event is free and open to the public. For information, email Dr. Verna Ehret at