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
Applications for the After School Enrichment Program 2017-18 are now available.
Location: Education Department/ECLC Building
Eligibility: Native Students grades 1-5
Space is limited. For more information contact Education Department - Cattaraugus 532-3341.
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:
|September 25th & 27th
||Pronunciation and Greetings
|October 2nd & 4th
||Greetings and Responses
|October 9th & 11th
||Identity (Clans & Nations)
|October 16th & 18th
|October 23rd & 25th
|October 30th & November 1st
||Clothing & Colors
|November 6th & 8th
|November 13th & 15th
|November 20th & 22nd
||Food & Harvest
|November 27th & 29th
|December 4th & 6th
|December 11th & 13th
||Time pt. 2: Days, Weeks, Months
|December 18th & 19th
|December 25th & 27th
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.
Language Application for grades 3rd-6th, Gowanda, Lakeshore, and Silvercreek Schools is now available. See attached or view on the Documents page.
Learn the foundational beading stitches used in our Haudenosaunee beadwork. Limited class size, registration required. Class taught by Samantha Jacobs.