Through our research we have found gaps in the generally accepted perspective on Geneseo’s history, and we’ve highlighted disputes which demonstrate the lack of respect for the language of laws and agreements that were made between the Senecas and European settlers, both past and present. 

In his speech, “Religion for the White Man and the Red,” Red Jacket, said:

“Brother, our seats were once large and yours were small. You have now become a great people, and we have scarcely a place left to spread our blankets. You have got our country, but are not satisfied…”


 From the native perspective it seems that greed and willful-blindness have allowed the native voice to be suppressed, the native history to be forgotten by our institutions, and the marginalization of native people to continue into the present day.

“The only way to get change is not through the courts or — heaven forbid — the politicians, but through a change of human consciousness and through a change of heart. Only through the arts — music, poetry, dance, painting, writing — "can we really reach each other,”
Leslie Marmon Silko
From her novel, Ceremony