The Seneca Nation of Indian's Department of Education philosophy is that education is a life-long, empowering learning process which begins with the individual, and is multi-cultural, multi-generational, and respectful of physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual wellness. The department recognizes that each individual is at a different place in life's journey and we will work with them to move them forward toward their goals.

The Seneca Nation Education Department on both Allegany and Cattaraugus Territories provides services which support the learning process as a means of obtaining individual and collective satisfaction, with respect for self and others, and a pride in Seneca and Native heritage.

The Department of Education will promote individual wellness of all Native people it serves in a holistic manner through:

  • A cultural awareness/foundation, respecting traditions and history, to empower the individual in his/her lifelong pursuits.
  • By providing learning opportunities to help challenge each individual to achieve their life's goals and ambitions, acknowledging that education is a life-long process.
  • Through the coordination with all Seneca Nation services and outside agencies, organizations and educational institutions to promote confidence, well-being, knowledge, skills, support and empathy.
  • By providing education for the outside community to encourage a greater understanding of the Seneca culture.

Summer Enrichment Program - Catt. Territory

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Attention parents/guardians, the Summer Enrichment Program applications are now available and being accepted on first come first served basis till June 4th 2015. Please make sure that all components of the application and policies are completed and turned into the Saylor Building by June 4th in order to ensure your child is accepted to the program.

Any questions? Contact Jamie: 532-3341 x 5143 or Joel: 532-3341 x 5138

Sylvan Learning Center - Catt. Territory

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SYLVAN LEARNING is coming to Catt Territory! Does your student struggle with ELA and Math? Are they struggling with NYS testing assessments? Do you think they just need a little extra help in order to expand their ELA and Math skills? If you answered yes to any of these questions please complete the application and read the policies and procedures. These items must be turned in at the Catt. Education Department located at the Saylor Building. Hurry we only have 48 spots total and they are filling up quick!

Any specific questions regarding this exciting new opportunity for our students can be directed to:

Joel, 532-3341 x 5138 or Jamie, 532-3341 x 5143

Spring Shape Up - Fitness Class at Saylor Building

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Fitness Classes offered every Wednesday in May 5pm-6pm at the Saylor Building Gymnasium.

This is a total body conditioning class that will include bodyweight strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, building core strength and improving flexibility.

For more information contact the SNI Education Department - Cattaraugus  532-3341 or

 Flyer - Spring Shape Up May 2015

Cattaraugus Vision 2020 High School Applications Now Being Accepted

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The Cattaraugus Education Department is now accepting applications from High School Students for the Vision 2020 Internship Program.

Applicants must be enrolled Seneca Nation members, between ages 14-21; must be a high school student or entering 9th grade in the 2015-2016 academic year or a 2015 high school graduate who is registered for college courses in the fall semester; must have a 70% average and be in good standing with the school in terms of academics and behavior.  School attendance and tardiness will be considered in the selection process.
Applications must be received at the SNI Education Department - Cattaraugus by May 7, 2015 at 4:30pm.  For more information please contact Amy White at (716)532-3341  ext 5147 or

Cultural Arts Class

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Interested in working with Leather? Attend the upcoming SNI Education sponsored Cultural Arts Class that takes place April 21, 28 and May 5 from 6pm until 8 pm at  the Saylor Building. See attached flyer for more information or contact the Education Department at 716.532.3341.

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