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The Seneca Nation of Indians has a proud and rich history. We are the largest of six Native American nations comprising the Haudenosaunee or 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. 


Maurice A. John, Sr., President, Seneca Nation of Indians

Open House Child Abuse Awareness and Walk at Lunch

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The Seneca Nation Health System (SNHS) Child and Family Services Unit, in collaboration with other SNHS departments is hosting its annual Open House Tuesday, April 28, from 11:30 a.m. -2 p.m. This event is held each April in observance of National Child Abuse Awareness Month and promotes health with the inclusion of Walk at Lunch. Local community vendors will be present to promote their goods and services. Additionally, representatives from the Cattaraugus Sheriff’s Department will be providing free, on-site car seat safety checks to make sure car seats are being installed and used correctly.

For more information, please contact:

Liz Hill -Home Finder/Educator 716-945-5894 ext. 3522

Robin Crouse – Health Education Coordinator 716-945-5894 ext. 3240 

Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino Hosts Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, April 22

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Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino will host its annual Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, Apr. 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca, located at 777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard – directly at Exit 20 of Interstate 86. Recruiters will be available to meet with job-seekers for more than 100 full-time, part-time and casual positions at the AAA Four Diamond Award–winning resort.

Department managers and human resources representatives will be available to meet with candidates to learn more about careers in gaming, food and beverage, marketing, hotel operations, spa and salon, retail, facilities and security. Available positions range from entry-level to experienced.

Job-seekers can also apply to become table games dealers at Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino. Successful candidates will be offered an opportunity to enroll in 10 weeks of free blackjack training classes toward earning an operating license. No experience is necessary, and classes begin in early May. Three different training-session times will be offered to accommodate candidates’ schedules.

Prospective employees are encouraged to bring copies of a resume, dress professionally and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews. Team members of Seneca Resorts & Casinos receive generous benefits, such as access to a free Team Dining Room and Fitness Center, both open 24 hours a day. The progressive company has many additional healthy initiatives, such as diabetes prevention and smoking cessation programs, as well as a health office with services offered free-of-charge and no need for co-payments or insurance.

For more information about current job opportunities and to learn about career experiences with Seneca Gaming Corporation and its three casino properties in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca, please visit and click on “Careers.”

About Seneca Resorts & Casinos

Seneca Resorts & Casinos is one of the largest private sector employers in Western New York, with 4,000 employees at its three locations. The company operates world-class facilities and offers more than 6,400 slot machines, 140 table games, 1,000 hotel rooms, a championship golf course and other related amenities. Seneca Resorts & Casinos was recently selected as one of Western New York’s “Healthiest Employers” and was chosen last year as one of the region’s “Most Admired Companies” by Buffalo Business First. For more information, visit

Save the Date: Stomp Out Diabetes March

Posted in: Allegany Community Center

Dennis Banks, co-founder of American Indian Movement, has set forth his time to bring awareness about diabetes prevention and managing diabetes in Indian Country through education and mobilizing communities.  He would be honored to host a "Call to Action" so to speak with the Seneca Nation of Indians, May 18th, 2015.

Nation-Wide Event will feature*:

4pm - Stomp Out Diabetes March
5pm - Community Dinner (catered)
6pm - photo op/meet and greet
6:30 - presentation on diabetes
7:30 - Social 

*times are subject to change

Please join us to show your support for your friends, family, and community members suffering from this debilitating disease.

Cultural Arts Class

Posted in: Education

Interested in working with Leather? Attend the upcoming SNI Education sponsored Cultural Arts Class that takes place April 21, 28 and May 5 from 6pm until 8 pm at  the Saylor Building. See attached flyer for more information or contact the Education Department at 716.532.3341.

Peace Walkers for a Nuclear-Free Future Grace WNY April 10-16

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Peace Walkers from near and far join together to walk, pray, chant, vigil and educate in WNY on their way to the UN’s review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), which happens every five years. Students, Japanese, and indigenous people make up a good proportion of the 35 walkers from outside WNY. They will be joined by locals April 10-16, 2015, walking to West Valley and gathering in an urgent prayer to prevent nuclear disasters and to build public awareness of the nuclear threat and costs, e.g., Fukushima’s dire state; the radioactive plume at West Valley headed toward Cattaraugus Creek and 20% of the world’s fresh water supply; the threat of drones crashing into nuclear power plants here and elsewhere; etc. 

Local sponsors include the Indigenous Women’s Initiatives (IWI), Burning Books, Friends of the Japanese Garden, the Global Justice Ecology Project, the Interfaith Peace Network, Nekanehsakt, the Peace Education Fund, Seneca Nation of Indians, WNY Drilling Defense, WNY Peace Center, and others. All support and appreciate the walk leadership from the Nipponzan Myohoji Grafton Peace Pagoda. 

The WNY Schedule is as follows: 

Friday April 10 - 3-6:30 PM  WNY Peace Center  invites you to a POTLUCK to greet and meet the Japanese NPT Walkers at the Foundry , 298 Northampton St near Jefferson in Buffalo NY. Dr. Charley Bowman will speak. Public Invited to walk 71 miles for Peace.  For more information contact Vicki Ross

Saturday April 11 - 8 AM  RALLY at Buffalo NY City Hall at Niagara Square sending the NPT Walkers off on their 15 mile WALK to through downtown Buffalo to South Park Avenue all the way to 116 Union St, Hamburg NY.  Bring your prayers for peace, banners, flyers to hear Jules Orkin with the NPT walkers. For more information, contact Nate Buckley . Public Invited to walk.

Sunday April 12 - 8 AM  NPT walkers begin 15 mile WALK from 116 Union St, Hamburg  thru Boston NY to Genesee Rd on Rt 228 where they will be shuttled to  37 North Buffalo Street in Springville NY 14141 for a PUBLIC EVENT at 6 pm Springville Center for the Arts Theater. Ayumi Temlock of NJ Peace Action will speak on the UN Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty Review Conference; Native Salamanca High School Students ( contact will speak on the UNIPPF; and the UPitt at Bradford PA college students (contact Don will also present. For more info, contact

Monday April 13 - 8 AM NPT Walkers begin 8 mile WALK  from Genesee Rd/Rt 228 Boston Springville Rd to West Valley Nuclear Services, 10282 Rock Springs Rd, near West Valley NY 14172 where the NPT Walkers will continue to chant and pray for a NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE at the site.  Public invited. NPT Walkers will be shuttled back to stay place in Springville NY.

Tuesday April 14 - SUNRISE 5:30AM  Water is Life Interfaith Ceremony at 10282 Rock Springs Rd Rt 85, near West Valley NY 14172. 6:30 AM begin 20 mile WALK along Rt 85 to local Rt 219, to route 39 west to to Rte 62 to Richardson Rd to END at Micky G’s on the Cattararaugus Indian Reservation near Collins NY ( .  Walkers shuttled to the Cattaraugus Community Center (CCC) on Rt 438 near Irving NY 14081 for a Social from 6-9 PM. Public invited.

Wednesday April 15 - 7:30 AM NPT and Water is Life walkers will be transported back to Micky G’s on Richardson Rd.Public invited to 13 mile WALK  down Route 438 to Sunset Bay on Lake Erie, Irving NY 14081 for a Water Ceremony  (contact Maria Maybee  The NPT Walkers will then be shuttled to Gahadago on Route 20 in Irving, NY 14081 for a lodge, pipe and pot luck feast ceremonies (contact  Al White  Walkers shuttled to stay place at CCC Rt 438.

Thursday April 16 - 11 AM NPT walkers will be transported to Depew NY to the AMTRAK train station to continue on to the Grafton Peace Pagoda, 85 Crandall Rd, Petersburg NY 14138  Phone: 518-658-9301 to rest then walk to United Nations in NYC for the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty Review Conference (contact Jim Anderson 716-903-5648) where they will fast and pray for peace.

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