Green Colonialism in the Empire State

The Tonawanda Seneca Nation Fights Back, Again

In November of last year, the Tonawanda Seneca Nation sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) over its illegal approval of a wastewater disposal pipeline that would service STAMP. According to the Tonawanda Seneca Nation, the USFWS approved the Genesee County Economic Development Center’s (GCEDC) construction of the 9.5-mile pipeline without conducting a sufficient environmental review and without a government-to-government consultation with the Nation—in direct violation of their sovereign rights.

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Cecilia Yearsley is an Upstate New Yorker who writes on Native rights and the environment. She can be reached at

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