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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. 


Maurice A. John, Sr., President, Seneca Nation of Indians

Seneca Nation Cattaraugus Community Public Safety Notice

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CATTARAUGUS TERRITORY, IRVING, N.Y. – In the early hours of October 26, 2016, a Seneca descendant was pronounced deceased after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest. After obtaining a description of the suspects, the Seneca Nation Marshals apprehended a black male suspect who was found hiding in an abandoned home along route 438. A black female who was identified as a person of interest was taken into custody as well.

“I would like to assure the general public that the Seneca Marshals have done an outstanding job investigating, containing and helping in capturing this perpetrator,” commented Seneca Nation President Maurice A. John Sr. “A special ‘nya:weh’ goes out to the New York State Police, Erie County Sheriff and other local law enforcement that assisted in responding to this tragedy.”

Both suspects are currently being processed as persons of primary interest by the New York State Police.

Seneca Nation Treasurer Todd Gates stated: “While this incident of gun violence is being investigated, it is important for our people to know that the fast actions and quick response of the Seneca Nation Marshals contributed to keeping our community safe.”

Cattaraugus Chief Marshal Keith White added: “Right now our community is safe, and we are asking for the cooperation of anyone who has witnessed this incident to come forward.”

Anyone who witnessed or with information related to the incident is asked to call the Seneca Nation Marshals at 716.532.3040.

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