Program subject to change.
Updated 19 September 2023


Monday, October 23 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Jason Corwin
Department of Indigenous Studies
University at Buffalo

Water Connection and Protection – An Onödowa’ga:’ Perspective

The Haudenosaunee, including the Onödowa’ga:’ (Seneca Nation), have lived adjacent to the Finger Lakes and Great Lakes, as well as several major river systems, for a very long time. They have faced numerous threats to the waters in their currently held territories and traditional homelands. Indigenous peoples hold crucial perspectives on aquatic ecosystems based on long-standing relationships and cultural values that emphasize the sacredness of water. Diverse viewpoints on the conservation management of lacustrine and riverine ecosystems are of critical importance in our times where numerous stakeholder interests and a wide variety of threats to the well-being of water bodies, small to large, exist. Historic and contemporary examples of Onödowa’ga:’ environmental perspectives and advocacy will be shared in a multimedia presentation.

Jason Corwin ( is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University at Buffalo’s Department of Indigenous Studies, where he leads the Land-Based Learning track. He is a citizen of the Seneca Nation (Deer Clan), a lifelong media maker, and was the founding director of the Seneca Media & Communications Center. Jason has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from Cornell University and has extensive experience in community-based education at the confluence of media and the natural world. He served on the Seneca Nation Watershed Resources Working Group and is currently a Seneca Nation Game Warden.