Seneca Nation - First U.S. Tribe to Establish Native Plant Policy

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Allegany Territory, Salamanca, NY – The Seneca Nation of Indians has unanimously approved a policy ensuring that new landscape planting in public spaces on Seneca lands will be exclusively comprised of local indigenous species. This new policy also encourages private Seneca landholders to choose local North American flora in their planting decisions.

It has long been recognized that continued planting of non-native species poses a significant threat to ecosystems and causes harm to the environment. The current Seneca Nation Council is committed to restoring, preserving, and maintaining local indigenous plants that are significant to the culture of the Seneca people and that help to maintain the balance of nature. 

The new planting policy puts an official stamp on the Seneca Nation’s ongoing efforts to reintroduce Native species to Seneca territories. To date, over 445 native trees and shrubs have been planted and 25 different species re-introduced into the public landscape, incl…

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Stand Together Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse

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This is the first event of many for our community to stand together against drug and alcohol abuse! There will be an awareness walk from the Saylor to the CCC and back, free lunch, and a few speakers - including Sabres coach, Ted Nolan!

It will take place on March 30th.

More information can be found here.

If you have any questions please contact Monica Redeye at or 716-532-4900.

Salamanca Residents Approve Sale of Former School to Senecas

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SALAMANCA – Residents of the Salamanca Central School District on Tuesday approved selling a former elementary school and buying a piece of land.

The sale of the former Seneca Elementary School building, on Center Street, which is expected to become an educational building for the Seneca Nation of Indians, was approved by a vote of 238 to 103. The sale price is $950,000.

“The sale culminates over 15 months of productive conversation between the district and Seneca Nation to repurpose a school building no longer needed by the district and desired by the Nation to support its Early Childhood Learning Center,” Superintendent Robert J. Breidenstein said.

The building was mothballed after the 2012-13 school year, with students moved into a section of the Middle/High School at 50 Iroquois Drive. The move trimmed the district from three to two campuses. A plan is in the works to further pare that to a single campus at the Iroquois Drive facility, according to…

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Honoring Mother Earth 5k Run/Walk

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The Seneca Diabetes Foundation will be hosting "Earth Run - Honoring Mother Earth 5k Run/Walk" on April 26th. The race will be supporting the Food Is Our Medicine Project. The 5K course is ceritfied and timing officials will be there to record your top speed. The 5k is not competitive, but awards will be given to top male and female finishers and top three for each age group.

All registrants will receive dri-performance t-shirts. Register early to ensure your size will be available on race day.

The Honoring Mother Earth 5k Run/Walk will take place april 26th from 11:00AM-1:00PM.

Don't want to run? We're also looking for volunteers to help with registration and distribute water to the participants.

Please download this application if you'd like to take part in this event, or if you'd like to just make a contribution.

Senecas to transform Pennsy Trail with state grant

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Business First 1/24/14

A New York state grant should help the build a three-mile, recreational trail in Salamanca.

The awarded a $482,206 grant, from its Transportation Enhancement Program, to the Seneca Nation. The Seneca’s will use the funds to underwrite the cost of turning an abandoned railway corridor, called in local circles as the Pennsy Trail, in the recreational path.

The pedestrian trail will link the Seneca Nation’s Allegany Territory and Salamanca’s West End District. The city of Salamanca is located within the boundaries of the Seneca’s Allegany Territory. The trail will be widened and paved with the state grant.

In addition, he grant will also fund safety updates such as installing lighting, bollards, signage, and emergency call boxes, as well as positioning benches, cultural signage and developing native plant landscapes. The project will be headed up by the Seneca Nation in coordinatio…

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