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Stand Together Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Posted in: News

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 or 716-532-4900.

Salamanca Residents Approve Sale of Former School to Senecas

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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 th…

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Cattaraugus Territory 2014 Community Fair

Posted in: Education

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.

Save the Date! Career Fest Allegany

Posted in: Employment and Training

Career Fest Allegany is coming April 16th!

This is an event hosted by Employment & Training to share training opportunities, introduce you to college majors, and help you to prepare for a career.

For more information call Employment & Training Allegany: (716) 945-8120

Grants Workshop

Posted in: Community Planning and Development

The Community Planning & Development Department is pleased to announce a one-day Grants Workshop for Seneca Nation Department Directors, staff and interested individuals. The Workshop will cover a broad range of topics. The Workshop's goal will be to increase the ability of the Nation's Departments and organizations to compete for and obtain additional funding in order to expand and improve services to tribal members.

The Grants Workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Community Health & Wellness Center, 36 Thomas Indian School Drive, Irving, NY 14081.

Mr. Steve Banko, the former Director of the H.U.D. Office in Buffalo will facilitate the Workshop along with staff from the Community Planning & Development Grants Office and Accounting Department's Grants & Contracts Office.

To register, contact James Oleksak, Grants Manager at (716) 532-4900 Ex 5027. You can also email him at

Title VII Parent Committee Meeting at Lakeshore

Posted in: Education

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.

Bus Driver Training

Posted in: Employment and Training

Are you looking to earn some extra cash? Maybe you want a career change? Bus driving is an in-demand occupation!

Classes are now forming to allow you to train at your pace, through one-to-one instruction. Financial aid is available to qualified applicants (all applicants must pass a drug test and background check).

Applications are available at the Employment & Training Offices in Cattaraugus (88 Iroquois Drive behind the laundry mat, call 532-1033) or Allegany (3674 Administration Drive in the DPW building, call 945-8120).

Honoring Mother Earth 5k Run/Walk

Posted in: News

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.

Good Times at E.C.L.C!

Posted in: Early Childhood Learning Center

Greeting from Catt. E.C.L.C! We wanted to share some pictures of our children who are indoors during the winter months! Enjoy!

Top to bottom are children from AFS 2, Infants, Toddlers, Pre-k 2, Pre-K 1, and social participatants.





Spring Basic Construction Program

Posted in: Employment and Training

Now accepting applications for the Spring Basic Construction Program. The deadline to submit your complete application is February 28th (Cattaraugus) or April 18th (Allegany). No Exceptions!

Classes will be Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm, March 31-May 2, 2014 (Cattaraugus) or May 5 - June 13, 2014 (Allegany).

Students will learn entry-level building fundamentals through classwork, field trips and hands-on experience.

Free to eligible applicants, for more information call the E & T office at 532-1033 (Cattaraugus) or 945-8120 (Allegany).

Life Gaurd Training Feb. 17th - 22nd

Posted in: Cattaraugus Community Center

Lifeguard training is being offered at the Gowanda High School. It will take place Feb.17th to the 22nd from 9 to 4. The fee for the class is $150 per person. Checks are accepted and can be made payable to Gowanda Central Schools. For more info, please call Mrs. Kaiser at 716-532-3638.

They will be looking for lifeguards for the summer program later this year.

Information Session for IEP and 504 Plans

Posted in: Education

Looking ahead February is a busy month for the SNI Cattaraugus Education Department. We are hosting several events next month, please see our AASP/JOM  Newsletter for details. For parents/guardians and the general community we are inviting you all to attend an information session on IEP's and 504's. You are encouraged to ask all questions you might have on the topic with experts, teachers and Education Department staff readily available. The information session will be on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 4:30pm in the Saylor Building. Please see this flyer for details.

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