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The Seneca Nation of Indians has a proud and rich history. We are the largest of six Native American nations in New York State which comprised the Iroquois Confederacy or Six Nations, a democratic government that pre-dates the United States Constitution.

We are known as the "Keeper of the Western Door," for the Seneca are the westernmost of the Six Nations.  In the Seneca language we are also known as O-non-dowa-gah, (pronounced: Oh-n'own-dough-wahgah) or "Great Hill People."

Today, the Seneca Nation of Indians has a population of over 8,000 enrolled members. We are the fifth-largest employer in Western New York, creating thousands of new jobs and investing hundreds of millions of dollars to bolster the region's and New York State's economy.

We invite you to explore our website to learn about our rich culture and traditions, our diverse and strong sovereign economy and the quality of life that makes us proud to be Seneca. 


Barry E. Snyder, Sr., President, Seneca Nation of Indians

Summer Youth Employment 2014

Posted in: Employment and Training

Applications for Summer Youth employment will be available beginning May 1st. Be sure to bring in all the documents you need so the application is complete. No incomplete applications will be accepted. There are limited slots so be prepared!

Employment is open for ages 14-21. Employment will start July 7, 2014 and conclude on August 15, 2014. Interested candidates may read the attached flyer for more information.

Vision 2020 / Alfred University Summer Program

Posted in: Education

Alfred University welcomes high school students to campus each year to take part in the programs listed at This is an opportunity for students to learn more about their fields of interest, to sample life on a college campus, and to meet other students with similar interests and academic ability. Students interested in the Vision 2020 program please take a look. The deadline to submit this application is Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Seneca Nation - First U.S. Tribe to Establish Native Plant Policy

Posted in: News

Allegany Territory, Salamanca, NY – The Seneca Nation of Indians has unanimously approved a policy ensuring that new landscape planting in public spaces on Seneca lands will be exclusively comprised of local indigenous species. This new policy also encourages private Seneca landholders to choose local North American flora in their planting decisions.

It has long been recognized that continued planting of non-native species poses a significant threat to ecosystems and causes harm to the environment. The current Seneca Nation Council is committed to restoring, preserving, and maintaining local indigenous plants that are significant to the culture of the Seneca people and that help to maintain the balance of nature. 

The new planting policy puts an official stamp on the Seneca Nation’s ongoing efforts to reintroduce Native species to Seneca territories. To date, over 445 native trees and shrubs have been planted and 25 different species re-introduced into the public landscape, including edible and medicinal culturally significant plants. 

Although the new policy applies exclusively to plants in public spaces, owners of private property at the Seneca Nation are highly encouraged to reintroduce Native species and to remove …

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Financial Planning for Investment Seminars

Posted in: Community Planning and Development

The Seneca Nation Small Business Incubator Program SNI SBIP is presenting L&M Financial speaking on "Financial Planning for Investment" April 15th in the William Seneca Building Cafeteria at 7-8PM and April 17th in the Allegany Community Center Education Wing at 7-8PM.

Have you thought about what your financial goals are and:

  • Do you want to start your own business but your personal finances need attention first?
  • Will you have enough money to send all your children to a good college?
  • Will you have enough money when you want to retire and retire comfortably?
  • If you or a family member becomes permanently disabled, will you have enough money for their long term care?

To pre-register contact Wayne Awald SNI SBIP Business Advisor  at 716-532-4900 X5139 or by email at

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