Known as the "Keeper of the Western Door"

History

With a proud and rich history, the Seneca were the largest of six Native American nations which comprised the Iroquois Confederacy or Six Nations, a democratic government that pre-dates the United States Constitution.

The Seneca Nation of Indians currently has a total enrolled population of nearly 8,000 citizens. The territories are generally rural, with several residential areas. Many Seneca citizens live off-territory, some are located across the country, as well as in other countries. Off-territory residents comprise nearly 1/2 of the citizenship.

The Seneca are also known as the "Keeper of the Western Door," for the Seneca are the westernmost of the Six Nations.  At the time of the formation of the Iroquois League, the original five nations of the Iroquois League occupied large areas of land in the Northeast USA and Southeast Canada.

In the Seneca language we are known as O-non-dowa-gah, (pronounced: Oh-n'own-dough-wahgah) or "Great Hill People."

The historical Seneca occupied territory throughout the Finger Lakes area in Central  New York, and in the Genesee Valley in Western New York, living in longhouses on the riversides. The villages were well fortified with wooden stake fences, just one of the many industrious undertakings.

The people relied heavily on agriculture for food, growing the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash, which were known as Deohako,(pronounced: Jo- hay- ko) "the life supporters." In addition to raising crops, the early Seneca were also subsistence hunters and fishers.

The Senecas were also highly skilled at warfare, and were considered fierce adversaries. But the Seneca were also renowned for their sophisticated skills at diplomacy and oratory and their willingness to unite with the other original five nations to form the Iroquois Confederacy of Nations.

Today the Seneca Nation supports its own people and benefits surrounding communities with a variety of cultural, educational and economic efforts. Its varied enterprises include: world-class casino gaming, hospitality and entertainment, which employ over 3,500 people, as well as a convenience store chain (5 stores), construction management, and diverse holdings in business ventures.

Seneca culture and values remain strong and intact. Language, song, art, dance, and sports are all vital aspects of Seneca culture.  Although the number of fluent Seneca language speakers is diminishing and the language is considered at-risk, there are language programs at the Seneca Nation in place to help protect, preserve and develop a new generation of Seneca language speakers to keep the Seneca language alive.

News

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Notice of June Regular Council Session
May 19, 2022
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Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor Training
May 19, 2022
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JOM Newsletter, May 2022
May 18, 2022
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Cold Plate Sale June 1st @ 12pm
May 18, 2022
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New Events

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Holiday Craft Night
December 07, 2021
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Christmas Cookie Exchange at BNRC
December 07, 2021
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Christmas Elders Brunch
December 07, 2021
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Movie Night @ ACC
December 07, 2021
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Holiday Gift Wrapping
December 07, 2021
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Lacrosse Pick Up League
December 10, 2021
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Vendor Day
December 09, 2021
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Christmas Give-Away @ BNRC
December 07, 2021
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DIY Harry Potter Wands
December 21, 2021
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NYE Party in a Box Drive-Thru Event
December 10, 2021
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COVID-19 Testing (Allegany)
December 10, 2021
COVID-19 testing will be available daily both at Cattaraugus and Allegany sites.
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COVID-19 Testing (Cattaraugus)
December 10, 2021
COVID-19 testing will be available daily both at Cattaraugus and Allegany sites.
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Cattaraugus TERC Career Readiness Workshops
December 29, 2021
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Regular Session of Council
December 14, 2021
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One Heart Two Spirit
January 07, 2022
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Drive-Thru PPE & At-Home Test Kit Distribution (Cattaraugus)
January 13, 2022
Drive-Thru PPE & At-Home Test Kit Distribution will take place both at the CCC & ACC on January 14th from …
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Drive-Thru PPE & At-Home Test Kit Distribution (Allegany)
January 13, 2022
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Gaming Compact Community Meeting (Allegany)
January 14, 2022
Please join us for a community meeting on the upcoming Gaming Compact renewal.
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Gardening with the Buffalo Botanical Gardens
January 07, 2022
This is a virtual event. Call and RSVP today to get access to Lifesize. This event is for youths ages 24 a…
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Midwinters Discussion
January 07, 2022
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Gaming Compact Community Meeting (Cattaraugus)
January 14, 2022
Please join us for a community meeting on the upcoming Gaming Compact renewal.
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Career Opportunities for Senecas
January 05, 2022
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Virtual Stakeholders Meeting
January 11, 2022
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Pesticide Use Permit Application Meeting
January 13, 2022
The Environmental Protection Department and Business Permit Office will be conducting a brief meeting with…
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safeTALK Workshop
January 14, 2022
safeTALK is a Half-day training in suicide alertness skills
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Family Cake Decorating - Allegany Virtual Program
January 24, 2022
Call to reserve a time to pick up your cake for this virtual program!
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AKT Combatives Academy
December 10, 2021
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Teen Safe Dating Game
January 27, 2022
Seneca Clubhouse Allegany & Seneca Clubhouse Cattaraugus on February 8th. Call for times and to RSVP. This…
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Allegany TERC Career Readiness Workshops
January 21, 2022
The Allegany Training & Employment Resource Center “T.E.R.C.” will be offering Career Readiness Worksh…
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Family Cake Decorating - Cattaraugus Virtual Program
January 24, 2022
Call to reserve a time to pick up your cake for this virtual program!
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safeTALK Workshop
January 31, 2022
Registration deadline is 2/11. To inquire/register email: LBushman@senecahealth.org
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Regular Session of Council
January 20, 2022
Regular Session of Council will convene on February 12th.
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One Heart Two Spirit
February 04, 2022
February's meeting will be virtual. Get access when you RSVP with Lydia Bushman at LBushman@senecahealth.o…
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Honoring the Gift of Heart Health Virtual Event
February 09, 2022
For more information and to RSVP and gain access to Lifesize, please contact Health Educator, Traci Wind, …
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Special Session of Council February 17, 2022
February 14, 2022
Special Session of Council will convene on February 17th.
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Seneca Storytelling
February 25, 2022
This event is for youths ages 12-17. RSVP to: Jennifer Stebbins at 716.532.8190 or jstebbins@senecahealth.…
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Family Night Ice Skating Party
February 18, 2022
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Seneca Language Dept. 3rd paint night
February 24, 2022
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Notice of Regular Session of Council
February 18, 2022
March Regular Session Council. 03/12/2022 Seneca Allegany Admin. building.
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Celebrate Young Seneca Women Photo Sessions
February 15, 2022
This event is for Seneca youths ages 12-24 (young women only). Please RSVP to: Lydia Bushman at 716-532-55…
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Kids Craft pick up
March 08, 2022
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Adult Paint Night
March 01, 2022
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Lets talk about Balance
February 28, 2022
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Family Bingo Night
March 02, 2022
This event is for youths ages 24 and under and their families to be held at both clubhouses. RSVP: Jennife…
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Fast & Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic
March 03, 2022
Sponsored by the Environmental Health Unit. Make it faster by pre-registering. For more information, call …
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Gakwi:yo:h Farms Pancake Breakfast Sale
March 08, 2022
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Financial Aid and FAFSA Info Night
March 10, 2022
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Cold Plate Sale
March 01, 2022
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) COMMUNITY MEETINGS
March 07, 2022
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Fast & Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic
March 03, 2022
Sponsored by the Environmental Health Unit. Make it faster by pre-registering. For more information, call …
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Food and Bake Sale, Auction and 50/50
March 10, 2022
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Elders Bandits Game
March 11, 2022
Buffalo Bandits Native American Heritage Night. Enrolled Elders sign up in person at the AOA for 1 free su…
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Vietnam War Commemoration
March 22, 2022
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Adult Beginner beaded earring class
March 08, 2022
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Cattaragus EPD Large Item Drop-Off
March 07, 2022
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Cattaraugus Library Amnesty Week
March 22, 2022
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AOA Elder Easter Ham Giveaway
March 17, 2022
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Lifeguard Classes @ the CCC
March 24, 2022
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Regular Session of Council
March 17, 2022
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Cattaraugus Gakwi:yo:h Spring Meat Giveaway
April 04, 2022
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Allegany - Gakwi:yo:h Spring Meat Giveaway
April 04, 2022
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2022 Community Fair Events
April 04, 2022
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Allegany Community
Clean-up Contest
March 07, 2022
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Easter Egg Coloring/Dyeing
April 04, 2022
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Health Day at the Community Fair
March 23, 2022
Join us for health day at the Community Fair.
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Cattaraugus Library Family Movie Night
March 31, 2022
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Cattaraugus Community Clean-up Contest
March 07, 2022
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Community Fair Week Cattaraugus Library Promo Items
March 31, 2022
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College / Career Fair
March 30, 2022
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GWA'YO:' Spring Event April 14th
March 10, 2022
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Language Paint Night with Sandi
March 17, 2022
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ASIST Workshop
April 07, 2022
ASIST is a two-day workshop in suicide intervention skills. To inquire/register email: lbushman@senecaheal…
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Ribbon Skirt Class - Class Full
March 30, 2022
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Spring Gardening Classes
March 22, 2022
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Allegany Large Item Drop-of
March 21, 2022
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Financial Aid and FAFSA Info Night
March 10, 2022
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Mother's Day Paint Night
April 22, 2022
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Teen Mindfulness Night
May 02, 2022
This event is for youths ages 12 - 17. RSVP to: Jennifer Stebbins, 716.532.8190 or jstebbins@senecahealth.…
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Mother's Day Luncheon
April 29, 2022
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Kids Felt Craft
April 29, 2022
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Family DIY Candles
May 04, 2022
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Paint Night
April 21, 2022
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Notice of Regular Session of Council for May 2022
April 14, 2022
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Ëgijo’ya:ka’ "I'm going fishing."
May 13, 2022
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Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor Training
February 28, 2022
OPTION 1: Foundational Breastfeeding Course for those that identify as Indigenous. Contact Heather Ward fo…
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Financial Aid and FAFSA Info Night
March 10, 2022
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Clubhouse Cinema
May 10, 2022
In honor of Mental Health Awareness, this month's movie is: Inside Out. If you have questions, please cont…
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Skatepark Public Meetings
May 02, 2022
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Adult Beginner Beading Class
April 29, 2022
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Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor Training
February 28, 2022
Option 2: Clinical Lactation Course for those serving Indigenous communities. Contact Heather Ward for reg…
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Explorers Club
May 10, 2022
For times and to sign up, call Jennifer Stebbins at 716-532-8190 or jstebbins@senecahealth.org
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Highbanks Kick of to Camping
May 05, 2022
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Cold Plate Sale
May 18, 2022
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Notice of June Regular Council Session
May 19, 2022
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Days for Dads at the Steamburg Community Center
May 10, 2022
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Upcoming Events

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Holiday Craft Night
December 07, 2021
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Christmas Cookie Exchange at BNRC
December 07, 2021
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Christmas Elders Brunch
December 07, 2021
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Movie Night @ ACC
December 07, 2021
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Holiday Gift Wrapping
December 07, 2021
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Lacrosse Pick Up League
December 10, 2021
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Vendor Day
December 09, 2021
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Christmas Give-Away @ BNRC
December 07, 2021
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Holiday Gift Wrapping
December 07, 2021
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DIY Harry Potter Wands
December 21, 2021
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Lacrosse Pick Up League
December 10, 2021
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NYE Party in a Box Drive-Thru Event
December 10, 2021
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DIY Harry Potter Wands
December 21, 2021
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Movie Night @ ACC
December 07, 2021
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COVID-19 Testing (Allegany)
December 10, 2021
COVID-19 testing will be available daily both at Cattaraugus and Allegany sites.
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