Community Planning and Development

The Community Planning Development Department provides professional planning services that fosters the efficient utilization of Seneca resources; promotes self-empowerment; and supports the development of a sustainable, diversified, and vibrant economy for the benefit of the entire Seneca Nation.

CPDD Core Goals

  • Develop, manage and implement projects that positively shape the Seneca Nation by addressing its needs in a proactive and inclusive manner.
  • Pursue economic development projects and activities that support a diverse Seneca economy and increased employment opportunities.
  • Provide a safe and functional transportation network by applying effective planning, construction, maintenance, and management systems and practices.
  • Collect, evaluate, and disseminate demographic information on social and economic characteristics for use at all levels of government.
  • Prepare accurate maps and related geographic information to facilitate decision- making and planning by all Seneca Nation departments.
  • Identify, research, and circulate information on potential funding opportunities and assist with the development of grant applications and proposals.

Community Needs Assessment

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Beginning January 5, 2015, the Seneca Nation of Indians will begin the New Year with the launch of the needs assessment surveys. On- and off-territory members will be randomly selected to complete these surveys. 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. With the assistance of RJS & Associates, Inc., a 100 percent American Indian-owned, controlled, and staffed corporation with more than 35 years of experience, your responses will be solicited on-line, door-to-door, and traditional mail using surveys from January 5, 2015 through February 6, 2015. As a participant of this survey, you will be provided the opportunity to enter to win cash prizes totaling $500 and a big screen TV! Your responses will be analyzed and presented to the Tribal Council. This information will be used to guide administrative actions that affect your community. Additional project information will be released.


Elizabeth Drag, Phone: 716-532-4900 ext: 5065, Email:

Cheryl Curry, Phone: 716-532-4900 ext: 5177, Email:

Deanna Diaz, Phone 716-945-1790 ext: 3064, Email:

INDIANPRENEURSHIP "A Native American Journey into Business"

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“INDIANPRENEURSHIP®, "A Native American Journey into Business", is a three-day course that will cover the basic components required to build a business plan. Upon completion, you will receive formal certification and be able to begin the construction of a business plan required for financing. This basic course is recommended as a precursor to the INDIANPRENEURSHIP® “Growing a Business in Indian Country” Volumes 1 & 2 scheduled in February and March 2015. 

Training will be held in Allegany at the Seneca Allegany Administration Building on January 6th through the 8th from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Training will be held in Cattaraugus at the William Seneca Building on January 27th through the 29th from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Seats are limited so pre-register early by calling (716) 549-4900 extensions 5139 or 5057 or by emailing or

SNI SBIP August & September Events to Include: Business Structure Basics, Financial Management and INDIANPRENEURSHIP

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The Seneca Nation Center for Business Growth, Small Business Incubator Program (SNCBG SBIP) has scheduled for August and September informational seminars on the Basics of Business Structures and Financial Management plus the INDIANPRENEURSHIP® Basic, Intermediate and Advanced curriculum.  Please see the SNI website events section for program details or call 716-532-4900 x5139 for more information.

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Financial Counseling Program and Seminars

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The SNI Center for Business Growth, Small Business Incubator Program (SNICBG SBIP) has a new resource for you and your business.  This resource is Financial Management.  We can now assist you and your business with confidential, private one-on-one counseling in Financial Management with day counseling sessions beginning on the Cattaraugus Territory July 16th and on the Allegany Territory July 23rd.  We are taking registrations now.  If you want to learn what the program is about first, you are welcome to attend either one of our two evening Financial Management Program informational seminars on: July 16th at the Allegany Office Building or SAAB, Room 316, 7pm-8pm or July 23rd at the William Seneca Building Cafeteria, 7pm-8pm.  

  • Financial Analysis with recommendation and establishment of financial management plan for client(s) (initial interview)
  • Income Analysis
  • Recommendation and establishment of Spending Plan (budget)
  • Asset/Equipment/Inventory analysis and acquisition planning
  • Analysis and recommendation of risk assessment
  • Analysis of personal verses business expenses and income
    • Identification of unnecessary expenses
  • Recommendation and identification of financial options
    • to refinance (if required)
    • to consolidate expenses (if required)
    • for early completion of loan payments
  • Recommendations for establishment of contingency plans
    • Risk assessment
    • Insurance options
    • Reserve resource savings plan
  • Providing credit counseling assistance to participants (if required)
    • Credit Check(s)
    • Credit counseling and repair
  • Financial education following the “Taking Control of Your Money” curriculum

We are looking forward to your pre-registration for either the Financial Management counseling or the informational seminars.

Please see below for more information on the Financial Management Program and for our contact information to call or email to pre-register for the seminar and/or counseling.  

Wayne Awald AICP
Business Advisor
Small Business Incubator Program
Community Planning and Development Department
Seneca Nation of Indians
William Seneca Administration Building
12837 Route 438 | Irving, NY  14081
(t) 716-532-4900, x5139 | (f) 716-532-5443 | 

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Public Notice Concerning Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG)

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The Community Planning and Development Department will discuss the Nation’s FY 2014 Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) grant proposal at the Tribal Council Meeting on July 12, 2014. The primary objective of the ICDBG grant program is the development of viable communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low-and moderate-incomes. ICDBG funds may be used to improve housing stock, provide community facilities, improve infrastructure, and expand job opportunities by supporting the economic development of communities. The Community Planning and Development Department plans to submit an application in the amount of $600,000 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The public is urged to submit comments to the Community Planning and Development Department by July 29, 2014.   

Proposed Seneca Nation of Indians Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Program

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The Seneca Nation Planning Department is preparing materials to apply for competitive grant funding to support a Seneca Nation Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Program for homeowners.  While grant funding is not guaranteed, the Planning Department will learn if it is awarded grant funding in September 2014. If awarded funding, priority will be given to homeowners who submitted materials for the BIA Housing Improvement Program (HIP) in 2010; however, the program will also be open to all homeowners living on the Allegany and Cattaraugus Territories. If awarded grant funding, further announcements and details will be made public in the fall. 

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