Featured highlights of the Iroquois Sachem Challenge at Walnut Grove Farm practicing archery and running an obstacle course. This program is designed to assist community teenagers to make a transition from adolescent behaviors to learning the roles and responsibilities of becoming a productive young adult during the summer months.
Once again the smoke dance competition at the Nya:wëh Indian Village at the Erie County Fair & Expo was a big attraction. Dancers of all ages showed off the moves that make this dance a major crowd pleaser. Ja:goh to all the winners and see you next year!
With planting season underway, we stopped by the Seneca Nation's Agriculture Department - Gakwi:yo;h Farms to hear about all the good things they've got going on in the fields.
In the follow up workshop for the "Get Hooked on Fishing" series (view part 1 here) at the Allegany Community Center participants learned about cleaning, preparing, and cooking walleyes. Shane Titus demonstrates how to clean a fish while Gerry Fisher showed how to prepare it into a delicious meal.
On Saturday, May 1, 2019 the Seneca Nation Sustainability Collaborative hosted it's "Pole to Plate" event, which was the culmination of the 3-part fishing classes that have been held over the last 2 months. The event turned out great and a good time was held by all participants. Nya:wëh to all the Seneca Nation Departments that made the event happen!
On May 30th, we celebrated June Conklin's 101st Birthday at the Post #1587 Legion. President Rickey Armstrong, Clerk Bethany Johnson, Commander Ronald Cook Jr. and June's daughter spoke during this special occasion of honoring our oldest enrolled Seneca member. Becky Bowen served as the Emcee for the day. Ja:goh June. Nya:wëh to all who attended the celebration luncheon.
The black bear is common around the Allegany Territory and recently one had been rummaging trash cans in the Steamburg community. It was humanely captured and released. The Seneca Nation Conservation Department wants to remind you that they're available to help remove unwanted wildlife.
Seneca Nation Dispatch: Allegany - (716) 945-2779 & Cattaraugus - (716) 532-3040
Community members and local allies are canoeing and kayaking down Ohi:yo' from Coudersport to Pittsburgh to call attention to water issues, particularly the threats from oil and gas pipelines and waste. They will then join Chief Arvol Looking Horse's World Peace and Prayer Day gathering at Fort Ancient, OH on the days leading up to the summer solstice. For more information about the Paddle With Peace and Prayer for Water Protection and to follow their progress, check out their Facebook page.