Known as the "Keeper of the Western Door"

Maps & Boundaries

The Seneca Nation Maps & Boundaries Department has been in existence for 25 years. One of the main responsibilities of this department is surveying.

Surveying is the art of measuring horizontal and vertical distances between objects, of measuring angles between lines, of determining the direction of lines, and of establishing points by predetermining the direction of lines, and of establishing points by predetermined angular and linear measurements.

The surveying the Maps & Boundaries Department executes provides an essential first step for development and growth that benefits Seneca families, large enterprises and Capital Improvement Authority (CIA) projects.

The Maps & Boundaries Department proves the services listed below to Seneca Nation members and Departments:

  • Surveys of all types New York State certified.
  • Provides legal descriptions for deeds after surveys, if needed.
  • Land transfers with legal descriptions.
  • Assists courts with mapping, research, and survey work.
  • Mapping and field stake outs for development projects.

The Department is making great strides to keep up with technology changes. There are now electronic files of all new housing surveys and a database of all M & B surveys. More efficient surveys are now being completed with the help of Global Positioning Systems and new state-of-the-art survey equipment.

The Maps & Boundaries Department is located in two offices, one in the G.R. Plummer Building, Allegany Territory, and one in the William Seneca Building, Cattaraugus Territory.

Allen Silvernail, Director Allegany & Cattaraugus