Community Planning and Development

The Community Planning Development Department provides professional planning services that fosters the efficient utilization of Seneca resources; promotes self-empowerment; and supports the development of a sustainable, diversified, and vibrant economy for the benefit of the entire Seneca Nation.

CPDD Core Goals

  • Develop, manage and implement projects that positively shape the Seneca Nation by addressing its needs in a proactive and inclusive manner.
  • Pursue economic development projects and activities that support a diverse Seneca economy and increased employment opportunities.
  • Provide a safe and functional transportation network by applying effective planning, construction, maintenance, and management systems and practices.
  • Collect, evaluate, and disseminate demographic information on social and economic characteristics for use at all levels of government.
  • Prepare accurate maps and related geographic information to facilitate decision- making and planning by all Seneca Nation departments.
  • Identify, research, and circulate information on potential funding opportunities and assist with the development of grant applications and proposals.

Public Comment Period for the Seneca Nations Community Needs Assessment

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The Seneca Nation of Indians Community Planning and Development Department recently conducted a comprehensive Community Needs Assessment. The final assessment is available in the Clerk’s Office on both the Allegany and the Cattaraugus Territory for public comment.

The principle objective of this research describes the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) community needs. This report presents data and findings on the quality of, access to, and gaps within the Nation’s education, healthcare, family services, housing, food, exercise, and safety services systems for community members living on‐ and off‐territory. It also evaluates community members’ readiness to act on identified priorities. This research process included a series of on‐site meetings, teleconferences, emails, on‐line surveys administration, documentation/data reviews, focus groups, surveys, interviews, and a community awareness campaign. Data was gathered from the SNI’s service providers, on‐territory community members, and off‐territory Tribal members using hard copy and online surveys during the months of January and February 2015.

The Seneca Nation of Indians Community Needs Assessment will be available for review and comment from October 26, 2015 to December 31, 2015 in the Nation’s Planning Department (Allegany and Cattaraugus) and the Nation’s Clerk Office (Allegany and Cattaraugus). The public is urged to review the document and forward any comments directly to Paula Pichon, Grants Manager at Paula or you may respond directly to either Stephen Scott, Acting Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development or Lucille White, Director of Community Planning and Development.

Planting Sacred Seeds in a Modern World - Rowen White

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Rowen White is a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for seed sovereignty. She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed cooperative focusing on local seed production and education, based in Nevada City CA. She teaches creative seed training immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs.

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Join us as we talk about the creative ways of re-integrating seed stewardship back into our local community food systems, and how we can deepen our connection to the nourishing cycles of life. 

Sierra Seed Cooperative:

Food Is Our Medicine: 5K Fall Festival Run/Walk

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Register & pay online:

Starting Line: Early Childhood Learning Center 
12857 Route 438,  Irving, NY 14081 

Packet Pickup: Registration and early packet pickup will be available 
Friday, September 11 from 8am – 4:30pm at the Wellness Center Reception, 36 Thomas Indian School Dr., Irving, NY 14081. Contact: (716) 532-8223 
Late Registration and packet pickup is also available on race day from 7:30am to 8:30am SHARP.

AWARDS: The overall top male & female finishers, as well as the top three finishers in each age group will receive medals & cash prizes. The walk is not competitive. 

FIOM_Run _5k _reroute Fall 2015

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