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Last Chance - Bandits Lax Game Package on Valentine's Day

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Last chance to get your ticket for the Valentine's Day Bandits lax game vs Rochester Knighthawks at the First Niagara Center on Sat., Feb. 14th!  Tickets are $10.00 each and winner will receive 2 tickets to the game, parking pass, and 2 pregame party buffet tickets. Drawing to be held today at the Drug & Alcohol "Look Fors" presentation for parents at the Saylor Building beginning at 3:00pm. If interested, you may purchase a ticket at the Education Department before the presentation.

The Community Education Class "Role of Nutrition in Mind, Body & Spiritual Wellness" Postponed

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The Community Education classes for the "Role of Nutrition in Mind, Body & Spiritual Wellness" scheduled tonight at the Saylor Building is postponed. This class is rescheduled and will begin on  Feb. 25th and held every Wednesday 6-7:30pm  for the next five weeks consecutively in the Saylor Dining room.  Please call the Catt. Education Department @ 532- 33412 to register.

It's Time For Everyone to Participate in the Community Needs Assessment Survey

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Until March 9th, we’d like to invite ALL INTERESTED MEMBERS to participate and complete the SNI Community Needs Assessment Survey! Please participate in this important project!

It is an opportunity to have your voice heard, to inform our Councilors and Executives on the needs of our community, and to identify future projects and programs to improve the quality of life on our territories!

You can participate in one of several ways:

  1. Complete the survey online. If you are between 18 and 60, please complete the Head of Household Survey at: If you are between 12 and 18 or over 60, please complete the Elder/Youth Survey at:
  2. Pick up and complete a survey at the Planning Department Offices. Please see Elizabeth Drag (ext. 5065) on the Cattaraugus Territory and Deanna Diaz (ext. 3064) on the Allegany Territory. 
  3. Visit the SNI Community Needs Assessment Table on designated days at the CCC, ACC, and the AOA Offices. Keep your eyes open for more details on building marquees and SNI Websites/Facebook pages. 
  4. Visit the SNI Community Needs Assessment Facebook Page. You can connect visit the site and connect with Community Interviewers or follow the links to the online survey! 
  5. Complete the survey at your home or over the phone with one of our Community Interviewers. Call Elizabeth Drag (ext. 5065) or Deanna Diaz (ext. 3064) to be paired with a Community Interviewer. 

Anyone who completes the survey will be provided with an opportunity to enter to win cash prizes up to $500 or a 52 inch TV!

Eagle Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

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We would like to recognize Senecas who have performed outstanding tasks and service to our Nation by awarding Eagle Awards in four categories.  We ask you, our Seneca Community, to submit names of Enrolled Seneca citizens you think should be honored.  The various categories are listed below.

Nomination forms are available at the Clerk’s offices and SNI Libraries on the Cattaraugus and Allegany Territories.  The awards will be presented at The State of the Nation on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Nation Clerk’s offices no later than 4:30 on February 27, 2015.  We thank you for your valuable input into candidate selection.

Please see attached form to view all the different nomination categories.

Empire State College Info Session

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Come learn about the various degree programs Empire State College offers. There are several majors to earn an associates, bachelor's and master's level degree. Refreshments available at 5:30 p.m. Open session starts at 6:00 p.m. Valentine's card activity to keep your kids occupied!

Contact Nancy Toth, Higher Education Coordinator at 945-1790 for questions.

Affordable Care Act Tax Exemptions for Native Americans

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Tax season is upon us, you may have questions regarding Affordable Care Act and how it impacts our community. Here are some answers to a few frequently asked questions:

Are there specific tax penalty exemptions available for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs)?

There are two exemptions from the tax penalty for not having health insurance available to AI/ANs. The “Indian exemption” is available to members of Federally-recognized tribes, including shareholders of Alaska Native village or regional corporations. The other exemption (which is sometimes referred to as a “hardship” exemption) is available to individuals who are eligible for services from Indian health care providers. There are two routes to apply for the Indian-specific exemptions from the tax penalty:

  • Application filed with Marketplace: Individuals may apply to a Marketplace at any time during the year using a paper application. If approved, the applicant is provided an Exemption Certificate Number (ECN).
  • Federal income tax filing process: An individual may claim an exemption from the tax penalty directly during the federal income tax filing process without needing to apply for an exemption through a Marketplace. For the 2014 coverage year, the federal income tax filing period begins on January 1, 2015 and continues through April 15, 2015, or later if a filing extension is requested.

Do all Indian Health Service patients have to enroll in the state or federal Health Insurance Marketplaces and buy insurance?

No. If individuals are already covered by private insurance that meets the definition of minimal essential coverage through their job or family or through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or other types of health coverage, they don't have to enroll in the Marketplace since they have met the shared responsibility requirement to maintain insurance coverage.

IHS-eligible patients who do not have health coverage can keep using IHS and apply for an IHS Eligible exemption or apply for the Tribal Membership exemption for members of federally-recognized tribes in order to avoid the shared responsibility payment for not maintaining minimum essential coverage. Or they may now be eligible for Medicaid. Documentation for individuals who receive an IHS Eligible exemption is needed prior to filing their 2014 taxes. Patients who are eligible for the Tribal Membership exemption can file an exemption with their taxes or obtain this exemption beforehand through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace application process for American Indians and Alaska Natives?

The Marketplace offers a streamlined application process to help American Indian and Alaska Native patients understand what benefits are available and which protections may apply. Certain protections apply to enrolled members of federally-recognized tribes only. In order to determine if you qualify for the protections, you may be asked to provide additional documentation for tribal membership and household income.

By filling out one simple, user-friendly application, you will learn if you qualify for financial assistance through either:

  1. Advanced Premium Tax Credits to purchase coverage in the Marketplace,
  2. Reductions in cost-sharing that will reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs when you receive services using the coverage you purchased through the Health Insurance Marketplace, or
  3. Enrollment in CHIP or Medicaid, if your state expands eligibility.


For further information and/or to apply for Health Insurance in the Marketplace, please contact the SNHS Patient Benefits Unit:

CIRHC 716-532-5582 LRJHC 716-945-5894
Leigh Snow ext. 5461 Stacy Thompson ext. 3249
Melanie Hill at ext. 5201 Renee Jackson ext. 3248

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