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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

Vocational Certificate Training

Posted in: Employment and Training

Employment & Training are pleased to announce the following classes are now forming:

  • Forklift Training
  • Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
  • Truck Driver, School Bus Driver
  • Basic Computer
  • Clerical Class
  • Osha 10
  • Welding
  • Plumbing, Electrical
  • Flagging
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Asbestos, Lead Abatement, Hazwoper
  • Housing and Commercial Inspectors

The following classes are attended with high school students, requires a background check, and agreement to attend with the high school students:

  • Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration
  • Construction Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts/Hospitality

For contact or more information please see the attached flyer.

March 2015 Seneca Language Newsletter

Posted in: Seneca Language

This issue of the Gae:wanohge' features: upcoming events, a short language conversation, a delicious recipe, a Seneca story and some interesting facts for kids.

The monthly language newsletter is published on the 1st monday of every month. If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to

Old Time Corn Bread Making Class

Posted in: Senecas Strong

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You are invited to an Old Time Corn Bread Making Class (see attached flyer) next Wednesday March 4, 2015 5-9pm in the Cattaraugus Community Center Kitchen, 12767 Route 438, near Irving NY.

Each participant will make and get a wheel of Corn Bread. Cost is $20 at the door for ingredients and the instructors- Luis Santiago and Belinda Patterson from Tuscarora. Limited space for 15, register today with the Indigenous Women's Initiatives Seed Institute Director Nancy Johnson-Onondaga 716-361-4880.

This class is sponsored by Women Meeting of Seneca Strong, the Food Is Our Medicine Project, and the Seneca Nation of Indians. Please distribute the attached flyer widely to your email list-serves, facebook pages, twitter, instagram, etc.

This is Women Meeting's regular first Wednesday of the month at the Cattaraugus Reservation and you are still invited to join us in the dining room of the Cattaraugus Community Center even if you may not be participating in the class. If you are in need of child care please call Agnes Williams at 716-532-4228 and let me know what age of each child that you will be bringing on March 4.

Food Is Our Medicine is committed to another class if we get more than 15 responding this time. Come on out and join us for good fun, good food and good minded Peoples!

Winter Cultural Arts Classes

Posted in: Education

Beginning February 17th, a six-week cultural art classes will be held every Tuesday from 6pm-8pm in the Saylor Building dining room. For more information and to register contact the Cattaraugus Education Department at 716.532.3341.

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