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The Seneca Nation of Indians has a proud and rich history. We are the largest of six Native American nations comprising the Haudenosaunee or 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. 


Todd Gates, President, Seneca Nation of Indians

Seneca Language Class @ BNRC - Mondays & Wednesdays

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Beginning Monday, September 25th, Seneca Language class will be made available each week on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 6pm and 8pm. Adults are the expected demographic for Wednesday nights as it coincides with the Youth Group time slot. This allows accommodation for adults while youth are occupied, giving more incentive for family attendance while diversifying available services. Monday night classes will therefore be designed for youth. However, both youth and adult classes will be beginner level. Both youth and adult classes will cover the same topics, with different forms of presentation. 

An expected topic progression through the end of the year is outlined below:

Week: Topic: Example Activity:
September 25th & 27th  Pronunciation and Greetings Flash Cards
October 2nd & 4th  Greetings and Responses Greetings Game
October 9th & 11th Identity (Clans & Nations) Identity Shield
October 16th & 18th Family Family Tree
October 23rd & 25th Numbers/Time/Math Clocks
October 30th & November 1st Clothing & Colors Matching Game
November 6th & 8th Commands

Simon Says
November 13th & 15th Occupations Go-Fish
November 20th & 22nd Food & Harvest Dinner Bracelets
November 27th & 29th Locations Memory
December 4th & 6th Environment Pictionary
December 11th & 13th Time pt. 2: Days, Weeks, Months Jeopardy (review)
December 18th & 19th Animals Charades (cumulative)
December 25th & 27th  NO CLASS  

Topics may be subject to change based on student needs. Previous class material will be made available to students upon request. Class will be a welcoming and friendly environment meant to foster learning and interest.

Seneca Language Class 2017 - FLYER

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