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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

Cattaraugus Vision 2020 High School Applications Now Being Accepted

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The Cattaraugus Education Department is now accepting applications from High School Students for the Vision 2020 Internship Program.

Applicants must be enrolled Seneca Nation members, between ages 14-21; must be a high school student or entering 9th grade in the 2015-2016 academic year or a 2015 high school graduate who is registered for college courses in the fall semester; must have a 70% average and be in good standing with the school in terms of academics and behavior.  School attendance and tardiness will be considered in the selection process.
Applications must be received at the SNI Education Department - Cattaraugus by May 7, 2015 at 4:30pm.  For more information please contact Amy White at (716)532-3341  ext 5147 or

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