Stand Together Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse

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This is the first event of many for our community to stand together against drug and alcohol abuse! There will be an awareness walk from the Saylor to the CCC and back, free lunch, and a few speakers - including Sabres coach, Ted Nolan!

It will take place on March 30th.

More information can be found here.

If you have any questions please contact Monica Redeye at monica.redeye@sni.org or 716-532-4900.

Salamanca Residents Approve Sale of Former School to Senecas

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BUFFALO NEWS 3/12/14

SALAMANCA – Residents of the Salamanca Central School District on Tuesday approved selling a former elementary school and buying a piece of land.

The sale of the former Seneca Elementary School building, on Center Street, which is expected to become an educational building for the Seneca Nation of Indians, was approved by a vote of 238 to 103. The sale price is $950,000.

“The sale culminates over 15 months of productive conversation between the district and Seneca Nation to repurpose a school building no longer needed by the district and desired by the Nation to support its Early Childhood Learning Center,” Superintendent Robert J. Breidenstein said.

The building was mothballed after the 2012-13 school year, with students moved into a section of the Middle/High School at 50 Iroquois Drive. The move trimmed the district from three to two campuses. A plan is in the works to further pare that to a single campus at the Iroquois Drive facility, according to Breidenstein.

Conversations are under way about closing on the deal and transferring the property, as well as payments, Breidenstein said.

The second proposition on the ballot called for buying property at 608 Broad St., a parcel that abuts the Iroquois Drive campus, for not more than $41,000. The measure passed, 172 to 163.

Breidenstein said in previous discussions that the land would be used for green space but could be part of a larger plan for development in the future. The purchase contract does carry a rider that allows for the sale to be canceled if the environmental review does not come back favorably, he said. That review will be done once the weather breaks and the environmental testing can be completed.

The property at 6087 Broad St. is owned by Michael D. Zarzecki of Olean.

Honoring Mother Earth 5k Run/Walk

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The Seneca Diabetes Foundation will be hosting "Earth Run - Honoring Mother Earth 5k Run/Walk" on April 26th. The race will be supporting the Food Is Our Medicine Project. The 5K course is ceritfied and timing officials will be there to record your top speed. The 5k is not competitive, but awards will be given to top male and female finishers and top three for each age group.

All registrants will receive dri-performance t-shirts. Register early to ensure your size will be available on race day.

The Honoring Mother Earth 5k Run/Walk will take place april 26th from 11:00AM-1:00PM.

Don't want to run? We're also looking for volunteers to help with registration and distribute water to the participants.

Please download this application if you'd like to take part in this event, or if you'd like to just make a contribution.

Senecas to transform Pennsy Trail with state grant

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Business First 1/24/14

A New York state grant should help the Seneca Nation of Indians build a three-mile, recreational trail in Salamanca.

The New York State Department of Transportation awarded a $482,206 grant, from its Transportation Enhancement Program, to the Seneca Nation. The Seneca’s will use the funds to underwrite the cost of turning an abandoned railway corridor, called in local circles as the Pennsy Trail, in the recreational path.

The pedestrian trail will link the Seneca Nation’s Allegany Territory and Salamanca’s West End District. The city of Salamanca is located within the boundaries of the Seneca’s Allegany Territory. The trail will be widened and paved with the state grant.

In addition, he grant will also fund safety updates such as installing lighting, bollards, signage, and emergency call boxes, as well as positioning benches, cultural signage and developing native plant landscapes. The project will be headed up by the Seneca Nation in coordination with the city of Salamanca.

“The Pennsy Trail is close to the hearts of many individuals who live in and around this community,” said Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder Sr.

The Pennsy Trail was once a part of the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad System that operated from the 1880s to the late 20th century. This branch of the railroad is located on the Allegany Territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians and was abandoned when the Kinzua Dam was built in the 1960s.

President Snyder Featured in National Museum of American Indian

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In the interview series Meet Native America, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian invites tribal leaders, cultural figures, and other interesting and accomplished Native individuals to introduce themselves and say a little about their lives and work. Together, their responses illustrate the diversity of the indigenous communities of the Western Hemisphere, as well as their shared concerns, and offer insights beyond what’s in the news to the ideas and experiences of Native peoples today. —Dennis Zotigh, NMAI 

You can read President Snyder's full interview with the National Museum of the American Indian here.

Seneca Nation Health Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs October 26 At Both Seneca Nation Health Centers

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On October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Seneca Nation Health Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to either of the Seneca Nation Health Centers 36 Thomas Indian School Drive in Irving, NY or 987 R.C. Hoag Drive in Salamanca, NY.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds-more than 1,400 tons-of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an "ultimate user" (that is, a patient or pet or their family member or owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances.    

STATE PARKS, FRIENDS OF GANONDAGAN BREAK GROUND ON MAJOR NEW DESTINATION FOR SENECA ART AND CULTURE

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New York State officials and the Friends of Ganondagan today broke ground on a Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site, fulfilling a 30-year vision to build a permanent destination dedicated to Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) contributions to art, culture and society at the site of the 17th Century Seneca town in Ontario County. The project was made possible by $3.9 million from Governor Cuomo's economic development initiatives and contributions from the Seneca Nation, and corporate, foundation, and private funds raised by the Friends of Ganondagan.

"The Seneca Art & Culture Center will honor the proud heritage of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee people and provide the historic site with a much-needed new year-round educational, cultural, and tourism destination for visitors from around the world," said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. "I applaud Governor Cuomo for recognizing how New York State's unique cultural and historic sites contribute to an improving economy and I thank the Friends of Ganondagan for their persistence that will add much to the region's culture and way of life."

Daniel Rundberg (Cayuga), president of the Board of Trustees for the non-profit Friends of Ganondagan, said, "We are extremely grateful for the hard work our building and capital campaign committees have put into making the Center a reality. The partnership between the Friends and the Ganondagan State Historic site is supported by hundreds of volunteers, members, and foundations. We thank them and look forward to their continued support of our plans for a robust year-round programming schedule once the center opens."

"I'm elated that, at long last, we are breaking ground for the new center," said Ganondagan Site Manager G. Peter Jemison. "Early measures of support came from both the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Seneca Nation, and for that I am truly grateful."

Designed to complement the natural landscape, the 17,300 square-foot Center will feature gallery space, a theater, auditorium, catering kitchen, gift shop and offices. The gallery space will present the story of Ganondagan with changing exhibits about the Seneca and Haudenosaunee people through five centuries of artistic, cultural, and historical artifacts.  Roll-out theater seating in the auditorium will provide flexibility for events, performances, and exhibits, including availability for community use. The center will replace the inadequate existing interpretative facility in a small building that formally was a maintenance facility.

The $11 million project includes a two-year campaign to raise $2 million in endowment to support ongoing facility operations and programming, $1.5 million of which is already contributed by some of Friends of Ganondagan's principal funders. Other major project funders include the Seneca Nation, the Rock Foundation, and the Thaw Charitable Trust. New York State has committed $3.9 million, comprised of $3 million from the Governor Cuomo's NY Works initiative and two grants totaling $900,000 awarded through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, established by the Governor to transformative approach to State investment and economic development by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for state resources.

Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder, Sr. said, "The Seneca Nation of Indians has a rich history. As Keepers of the Western Door, our ancestors proudly served alongside our brothers and sisters of the Iroquois Confederacy protecting the traditions and culture of our people. The Seneca Art & Culture Center symbolizes the respect we have for those who came before us and will become a place of pride for future generations. It is a very proud day for me and the people of the Seneca Nation to know our history will soon come to life for all people to experience."

Senator Ted O'Brien of Irondequoit said, "I am proud of the state's support for this fitting tribute to the long history and rich culture of the Seneca people and the other nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.  As our region's tourism economy grows, it is extremely important that we properly showcase its Native American history and ongoing traditions.  The center will enrich residents of Rochester and the Finger Lakes region culturally and educationally.  It also maintains our reputation as a place that is appreciative of its history, and respectful towards all people who created it."

State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb of Canandaigua said, "The much-anticipated groundbreaking for the Seneca Art & Culture Center is a result of collaborative efforts and an unwavering commitment to preserving and promoting the rich history of our region.  This new and welcome addition to the Ganondagan State Historic Site will provide visitors with more information, a unique educational experience and strengthen the community's tie to a proud legacy.  I congratulate the individuals and organizations who have worked so diligently to make this vision a reality."

The Center is scheduled for a tentative 2015 opening. The center's design architect is Francois deMenil Architects of New York City and the architect of record is DeWolff Partnership Architects (Rochester, NY and Cleveland, OH). The Seneca Art & Culture Center will be built by the Rochester-based Pike Company in collaboration with the Seneca Construction Management Corporation (Irving, NY).

The center continues Governor Cuomo's commitment to strengthen tourism in Upstate New York. Governor Cuomo announced the launch of New York's largest tourism campaign in decades, committing nearly $60 million to grow the industry, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State. As the fifth largest employment sector in New York, tourism supported 714,000 jobs and generated more than $29 billion in wages in 2012. One out of every 12 jobs in New York is tourism-related. The more than 202 million international and domestic visitors that visited the Empire State last year resulted in $57 billion in direct tourism spending, and generated $7 billion in state and local taxes.

Ganondagan State Historic Site is the location of a major 17th-century Seneca town and palisaded granary. Three hundred years ago, near Ganondagan, the French led an army from Canada against the Seneca to annihilate them and eliminate them as competitors in the international fur trade. The Seneca refer to Ganondagan as the Town of Peace and revere and protect the burial site of the Mother of Nations here. It is one of 179 parks and 35 historic sites overseen by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. For more information about state parks and historic sites in New York, please visit www.nysparks.com.

SENECA BUFFALO CREEK CASINO CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING AS DOWNTOWN GAMING DESTINATION

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - August 27, 2013 -With the backdrop of a spectacular fireworks display, officials with the Seneca Nation of Indians and Seneca Gaming Corporation looked on with pride Tuesday night as the long-awaited Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino made its official debut in downtown Buffalo. The $130 million gaming facility becomes the latest attraction in the rapidly developing Cobblestone District along the Inner Harbor.

"In developing this world-class property, the Seneca Nation set out to transform an old industrial site, a shade of Buffalo's past, into a key piece of the city's future," said Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder, Sr. "Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino will forever stand out as a testament to Buffalo's rebirth and a permanent reminder of the important role which the Seneca Nation and its people play in the future of Western New York."

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino earlier this month initiated a transition process into the new gaming space as construction crews continued to put the finishing touches on 808 new slot machines, 18 table games, two restaurants, a sports bar, a four-level parking ramp with 725 spaces and surface parking for nearly another 400 cars. The 67,000 square-foot facility replaces a temporary structure that had stood since 2007 and had expanded in 2008 and 2010 - offering 457 slot machines and a snack bar at its peak. Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino has regularly attracted more than 800,000 visitors a year - a number that is expected to increase to well past 3 million annually for years to come.

"Building on the legacy we have created at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino will add unmistakable energy and excitement to the Inner Harbor area," said Kevin W. Seneca, chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corporation Board of Directors. "This world-class entertainment venue will be a key component for visitors to enjoy in downtown Buffalo."

Both inside and nearby the new facility, there are many visible signs of the casino's partnerships with the Buffalo community. One of the most prominent is Buffalo Savors Grill, a 102-seat restaurant that includes some of the region's favorite foods. Just some of the many items on the menu include: chicken wings from Duff's Famous Wings; beef-on-weck from Charlie the Butcher; Italian sandwiches with family-recipe sauces from Ilio DiPaolo's; pizza from Franco's Pizza; desserts and pastries from Chrusciki Bakery, and; gelato from Sweet Melody's.

Steps away from  Buffalo Savors Grill is BC Café, a smaller 24-hour eatery featuring locally-made soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, baked goods, local coffee from McCullagh Coffee and a small retail area. Stixx Sports Bar serves as a central gathering spot with signature cocktails and hometown beers on tap, and features hockey and lacrosse sticks - representing two of the sports which professional teams play nearby - as part of the architecture.

Native American culture also is prevalent throughout the building's design, including a floor-to-ceiling "Tree of Peace" structure at the main entrance as well as an illuminated and animated electronic feather marquee atop the roof outdoors.

The partnerships with Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino extend beyond the facility's walls, as the Seneca Buffalo Creek Development Advisory Committee awarded $1 million last year to support 17 organizations, businesses and community groups with community development, beautification, lighting, infrastructure and other improvement projects in the neighborhood surrounding the nine-acre Buffalo Creek Territory.

"Partnerships were essential to the success of this project," said Cathy Walker, Seneca Gaming Corporation president and CEO. "The development of the new Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino has been one of the most anticipated projects in Buffalo's recent history, and we are excited by what the future holds."

Hnedak Bobo Group, a nationally-recognized leader in casino design, served as the principal architect for the facility, and construction was managed by Seneca Construction Management Corporation. Construction lasted approximately 13 months, with work completed almost two months ahead of schedule, and the project produced a total of 600 construction period jobs, including 300 direct construction jobs and additional jobs related to the production of materials and other services related to the development.

Approximately 500 direct jobs have been created by the casino operation, with almost 45 percent of those positions being filled by Buffalo residents. Furthermore, Seneca Gaming Corporation projects that $170 million in direct and indirect spending with local companies will result from the procurement of goods and services for the new facility. All three Seneca-owned casinos spend more than $100 million combined annually with local vendors and suppliers of all sizes, supporting thousands of additional jobs and expanding its economic reach deep into the Western New York community.

In addition, Seneca Gaming Corporation held a series of vendor fairs throughout 2012 to help foster new and ongoing local vendor partnerships. The fairs gave local companies of all sizes the opportunity to introduce their products and services to the corporation and to learn about upcoming business opportunities. Many of the partnerships built throughout the fairs led to direct work with Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino - including some of the food vendor partnerships for the casino's restaurants.

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is located at 1 Fulton Street, near the intersection of Michigan and Perry Streets and in between exits 5 and 6 of the Interstate 190. It is within walking distance of other major waterfront developments, such as Canalside and HarborCenter. To learn more about Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, call 1-877-8-SENECA (1-877-873-6322) or visit www.senecabuffalocreekcasino.com.

Seneca Nation of Indians Transfers Casino Exclusivity Funds to New York State

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CATTARAUGUS/ALLEGANY TERRITORIES - The Seneca Nation of Indians today transferred 349.6 million dollars to New York State in a special ceremony including Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder, Sr. and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. Held at the Seneca Niagara Events Center, Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel, Niagara Falls, NY, the Seneca's disbursement included $139,860,000 for the host municipalities and $209,790,000 to the state of New York to resolve the Seneca's concerns about the status of the terms of its original gaming compact with the state. The host cities include Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca, New York.

"We have been very successful building a billion dollar gaming business right here in Western New York, with our Seneca Niagara, Seneca Allegany and Seneca Buffalo Creek facilities," said Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder, Sr. "In the process, we have created thousands of jobs for Senecas and non-Senecas alike, and have become an important business partner for several local companies, thereby supporting thousands of additional jobs in the local economy."

"By working together and both sides coming to the table in the spirit of collaboration and respect, the State and Seneca Nation of Indians were able to end years of dispute and reach an agreement that is a major victory for all parties involved," Governor Cuomo said.

"Today we are delivering a much needed payment to the City of Niagara Falls, restoring funding that will be a critical help to the local community. This agreement marks the beginning of a new chapter between the Seneca Nation of Indians, the City of Niagara Falls, and New York State, built on trust and mutual respect and I thank President Snyder for his partnership."

In 2002, the Seneca Nation signed a Gaming Compact with the State of New York, under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. That historic compact required the Nation and the State to cooperate in the establishment of three "class III gaming" casino facilities.

"For fifty years I have been involved in helping lead this great Nation. As a Nation we have overcome great adversity and have rejoiced with much success. We have conflicts and debates but in the end we have to work together to move our future forward as one," said Snyder.

Seneca Nation Of Indians Launches Seneca Transit System

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Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) is launching the inter-territory public bus, Seneca Transit System (STS), on Monday, July 29. The bus will provide affordable public transportation for communities of the Southern Tier. The line begins at Seneca Gaming and Entertainment Bingo in Irving and ends at The Turtle Pit in Steamburg, with 13 other scheduled stops along the route including SNI government buildings, community buildings, Shop & Save in Gowanda, Cattaraugus County Building in Little Valley and Grand Center Station in Salamanca. STS will pick of riders anywhere along the route and offers route deviation services for those who cannot get to the bus stops.

Seneca Transit System operates Monday through Friday, 6:30 am to 7:00 pm and fares are $1 per zone. Schedules and helpful hints can be found at www.sni.org/sts or by phone 716-945-1790 ext. 3055.

"With the launch of Seneca Transit System, the Seneca Nation of Indians is providing a much-needed service for our community and our neighbors at an affordable cost," said President Barry E. Snyder, Sr.

Seneca Nation of Indians has partnered with First Transit of Cuba, NY to bring Seneca Transit System to the Southern Tier. First Transit currently operates the OATS busses and Allegany County Transit.

24th Annual Seneca Casino Veterans Pow Wow

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24th Annual Seneca Casino Veterans Pow Wow is being held at Vet's Park on July 20th & 21st.  Grand Entry is at NOON both days. Over 50 vendors!! Over $73,000 in dancer/drum prize money!! Come join us this year whether it will be your 24th time or your 1st time. All Nations and Nationalities welcome. We'll see you at the Pow Wow!!

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Indianpreneurship Business Training Workshop

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This workshop will cover business concepts indispensable for anyone starting up or running a small business. Instructors will also identify and help participants avoid common pitfalls. The training will provide comprehensive information on topics important to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners related to business planning, access to capital, basic bookkeeping, human resources, problem solving and marketing a small business.  If you have interest in attending the workshop on July 9th and 10th, 9am-4pm, at the Allegany Casino please call Wayne Awald, SBIP Business Advisor at 716-532-4900 x5139 or email Wayne.Awald@sni.org to register.

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