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Welcome,

The Seneca Nation of Indians has a proud and rich history. We are the largest of six Native American nations in New York State which comprised the Iroquois Confederacy or Six Nations, a democratic government that pre-dates the United States Constitution.

We are known as the "Keeper of the Western Door," for the Seneca are the westernmost of the Six Nations.  In the Seneca language we are also known as O-non-dowa-gah, (pronounced: Oh-n'own-dough-wahgah) or "Great Hill People."

Today, the Seneca Nation of Indians has a population of over 8,000 enrolled members. We are the fifth-largest employer in Western New York, creating thousands of new jobs and investing hundreds of millions of dollars to bolster the region's and New York State's economy.

We invite you to explore our website to learn about our rich culture and traditions, our diverse and strong sovereign economy and the quality of life that makes us proud to be Seneca. 

Nya-weh,

Barry E. Snyder, Sr., President, Seneca Nation of Indians

Seneca Nation - First U.S. Tribe to Establish Native Plant Policy

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Allegany Territory, Salamanca, NY – The Seneca Nation of Indians has unanimously approved a policy ensuring that new landscape planting in public spaces on Seneca lands will be exclusively comprised of local indigenous species. This new policy also encourages private Seneca landholders to choose local North American flora in their planting decisions.

It has long been recognized that continued planting of non-native species poses a significant threat to ecosystems and causes harm to the environment. The current Seneca Nation Council is committed to restoring, preserving, and maintaining local indigenous plants that are significant to the culture of the Seneca people and that help to maintain the balance of nature. 

The new planting policy puts an official stamp on the Seneca Nation’s ongoing efforts to reintroduce Native species to Seneca territories. To date, over 445 native trees and shrubs have been planted and 25 different species re-introduced into the public landscape, including edible and medicinal culturally significant plants. 

Although the new policy applies exclusively to plants in public spaces, owners of private property at the Seneca Nation are highly encouraged to reintroduce Native species and to remove inv…

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Financial Planning for Investment Seminars

Posted in: Community Planning and Development

The Seneca Nation Small Business Incubator Program SNI SBIP is presenting L&M Financial speaking on "Financial Planning for Investment" April 15th in the William Seneca Building Cafeteria at 7-8PM and April 17th in the Allegany Community Center Education Wing at 7-8PM.

Have you thought about what your financial goals are and:

  • Do you want to start your own business but your personal finances need attention first?
  • Will you have enough money to send all your children to a good college?
  • Will you have enough money when you want to retire and retire comfortably?
  • If you or a family member becomes permanently disabled, will you have enough money for their long term care?

To pre-register contact Wayne Awald SNI SBIP Business Advisor  at 716-532-4900 X5139 or by email at Wayne.Awald@sni.org

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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 monica.redeye@sni.org or 716-532-4900.

Salamanca Residents Approve Sale of Former School to Senecas

Posted in: News

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 th…

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