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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

The 2015 Pledge of Personal Responsibility

Posted in: Marshal's Office

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Our 3rd year of the Community Outreach Program is kicking off now! This Pledge seeks to inspire each of us to BE PROACTIVE – To be a Proud Member that is Strengthening Our Nation.

Once signed, you will join our family of committed pledgees. Your active participation will run from April, thru September 2015. Successful Pledgees are invited to the Culmination Celebration to be held in September, the weekend after the Fall Festival. Here, your dedication to this program enters you into the raffle, with various prizes being offered.

There is a Community Service requirement, and this is to encourage folks to get involved with helping each other. Each Pledgee volunteers their time to a Community event, which can be on either Territory, in order to be eligible to win prizes. Please be aware that if the event is not sponsored by the Catt. Marshals Dept, the event coordinator must contact our office and confirm your service. 

The added bonus of the Community Service requirement is that the more events you volunteer with, the more tickets you will receive at the Culmination Celebration, which means more chances to win prizes.

The attached tentative schedule does outline upcoming activities that have been planned for the year. Check out the SNI Newsletter, or take a look at the Marshal Web page on the Seneca Nation Website - - for updates on these events, and for additional activities that may be added in. 

AOA Chinese Auction

Posted in: Education

AOA will be having a Chinese auction next week during Community Fair. The drawing will be held Thursday April 2nd at noon. For more information see the attached flyer.

Healthy Cooking Class Coming Soon

Posted in: Allegany Community Center

This class will help interested participants learn how to cook simple, healthy meals that fit our busy lifestyle.  Each class will practice tips and tricks for eating and exploring healthy foods while at the same time making them tasty.  Delicious and nutritious.  With enough interest, we can start growing our own simple herb/veg garden as well as begin foraging for our own healthy foods!

The first classes will be April 14th and April 28th, 5:00pm, @ the Allegany Community Center MPR; classes will take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Please see attached flyer for complete information.

Community Needs Assessment Update

Posted in: Community Planning and Development

Nya:wëh for your participation in the community needs assessment survey! The Seneca Nation needs assessment is officially closed.  The goal was to receive 260 on territory member surveys and 288 off-territory member surveys.  In total we have received 80% of our goal for on territory surveys, and 48% of our off-territory member goal.  Furthermore, 100% of department administrators completed the provider survey.

The results will be used to identify your community’s resource requirements and gaps for the purpose of guiding important decisions about local healthcare, education, family services, and more. This information will be used to guide administrative actions that affect your community. As a participant of this survey, you have been provided the opportunity to enter to win cash prizes totaling $500! The sweepstakes winners will be selected and announced April 10, 2015.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Deanna Diaz at or 716 945 1790 ext. 3064.  Your opinion is invaluable to the future of the nation and we greatly appreciate your participation!

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