All the land that makes up the United States was, in its entirety, Indigenous land. The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and other nations called the Lake George area home well before it was colonized by Europeans.
Native people lived and sustained themselves there, until policies removed Indigenous Nations from their homes and ultimately pushed them onto reservations.
The Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance and the French & Indian War Society at Lake George are hosting a joint program entitled “A History of the Lake George Area & the Nations Who Called It Home,” to be presented by Heather Bruegl, a nationally recognized historian and citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.
The event will be held beginning at 7 pm on Wednesday, July 5th at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center, Lake George and is free to the public. Due to space limitations, those planning to attend should reserve their space in advance by registering at by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heather Bruegl is a graduate of Madonna University in Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in U.S. History. Her research comprises numerous topics related to American history, legacies of colonization, and Indigeneity.
Bruegl opened and spoke at the Women’s March Anniversary in Lansing, Michigan in January 2018, and at the first-ever Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC in January 2019. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, Heather spoke at the Crazy Horse Memorial and Museum in Custer, South Dakota, for its Talking Circle Series. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where she is studying First Nations Education
For those who can’t be present with us on July 5, a video of the event will be uploaded afterwards on www.lakegeorgebattlefield.org for future viewing.
Photo: “The Indian” or “Mohawk Warrior” sculpture by Alexander Phimister Proctor at Lake George Battlefield Park Historic District in 2020.