For updates on the SNI response to Covid-19, click here to visit the Seneca Nation Coronavirus Response Hub.

To receive important updates via phone & text, click here and learn about the Regroup Messaging System.

As cases of COVID-19 increase in our area, remember that you or someone you encounter may have the virus and not know it or display symptoms. There are many ways to prevent infection and stop the spread. Whether you feel healthy or not- stay home, wash your hands often, and avoid close contact with people outside of your household (stay 6 feet apart).

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath, or have any concerns about your health, call your primary care provider to be assessed. Patients of the Lionel R. John Health Center can call (716) 945-5894 and patients of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Health Center can call (716) 532-5582.


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.

Attention 2021 High School Graduates

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We are preparing for our recognition event in June.

If you are graduating from a high school OUTSIDE OF OUR TRI-DISTRICT AREA (outside of Gowanda, Lake Shore or Silver Creek school districts), you are an enrolled Seneca Nation member and you would like to be included in our event, please contact our office by April 30, 2021.

Seneca Nation Education Department - Cattaraugus

Second Public Comment Notice: Seneca Nation Homeschool Policy

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The Seneca Nation Council is offering a second 30-day written public comment period for interested members to review the SENECA NATION HOMESCHOOL POLICY, which has been proposed for adoption.

This Policy would establish a Nation Homeschool Program for Seneca parents seeking to homeschool their Seneca child or children. The Nation Homeschool Program will establish a Nation Homeschool Coordinator who will oversee implementation of the Policy and coordinate with Seneca parents. Parents are wholly responsible for ensuring all requirements of the Policy are met each semester, including filing with the Nation Homeschool Coordinator: a notice of intent to homeschool, a homeschool plan for instruction, quarterly reports, and annual assessments. All documents provided by parents must meet the minimum requirements of the Nation Homeschool Policy.

Printed copies of the Seneca Nation Homeschool Policy are available at either of the Seneca Nation Clerk’s Offices and on the Seneca Nation website at For Allegany residents, please send written comments to Bethany Johnson at For Cattaraugus residents, please send written comments to Geraldine Huff at Comments must be received by 4:00pm, Friday, April 23, 2021.