CANCELED: Sovereignty and Self-Governance in the Seneca Nation of Indians

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**This lecture has been canceled.** 


Since the Kaswentha (Two Row Wampum) treaty with the Dutch in 1613, the Seneca Nation of Indians and their fellow Haudenosaunee nations have struggled to maintain their identity and sovereignty over their lands in New York.  Among Native American nations, they have a unique status in that the United States in the 1784 Treaty of Fort Stanwix recognized them as sovereign nations on equal standing with the new United States of America, a status reaffirmed in the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua.  Nonetheless, for almost 240 years both New York and the U.S. government have worked to dispossess the Seneca of their land, their nationhood, and their identity. This panel will look at the Seneca Nation of Indians today, and the challenges and opportunities it faces in the future, through the lens of nation sovereignty and self-governance.


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