The Seneca Nation of Indian's Department of Education philosophy is that education is a life-long, empowering learning process which begins with the individual, and is multi-cultural, multi-generational, and respectful of physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual wellness. The department recognizes that each individual is at a different place in life's journey and we will work with them to move them forward toward their goals.

The Seneca Nation Education Department on both Allegany and Cattaraugus Territories provides services which support the learning process as a means of obtaining individual and collective satisfaction, with respect for self and others, and a pride in Seneca and Native heritage.

The Department of Education will promote individual wellness of all Native people it serves in a holistic manner through:

  • A cultural awareness/foundation, respecting traditions and history, to empower the individual in his/her lifelong pursuits.
  • By providing learning opportunities to help challenge each individual to achieve their life's goals and ambitions, acknowledging that education is a life-long process.
  • Through the coordination with all Seneca Nation services and outside agencies, organizations and educational institutions to promote confidence, well-being, knowledge, skills, support and empathy.
  • By providing education for the outside community to encourage a greater understanding of the Seneca culture.

Vision 2020 / Alfred University Summer Program

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Alfred University welcomes high school students to campus each year to take part in the programs listed at This is an opportunity for students to learn more about their fields of interest, to sample life on a college campus, and to meet other students with similar interests and academic ability. Students interested in the Vision 2020 program please take a look. The deadline to submit this application is Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Cattaraugus Territory 2014 Community Fair

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The 2014 SNI Community Fair will be held during spring break April 14th – 17th on the Cattaraugus territory. Numerous educational and fun filled activities sponsored by various Nation departments will take place at different sites within the territory. New this year is the “Community Fair Passport” which will get you chances for great door prizes for attending events throughout the week. Registration for the passport will take place beginning opening day. The annual SNI Department Awareness Day & Vendor Day is scheduled to take place Thurs., April 17th at the Saylor Building beginning at 10am. Everyone is welcome to come & join in on the week activities. For more information please call the Department of Education at 716-532-3341. 

The activity schedule is available here.

Title VII Parent Committee Meeting at Lakeshore

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The Lake Shore Central School District parent committee is seeking suggestions and overall input regarding the academic and cultural education of your children/ grandchildren that attend Lake Shore Central School District.

The meeting will take place 5:00PM Thursday, February 27th at the Seneca Nation Cattaraugus Territory Library.

For more information please contact Stacey Purpera, Title VII Coordinator, 926-2447.

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