The Seneca Nation of Indians has a proud and rich history. We are the largest of six Native American nations comprising the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy or Six Nations, a democratic government that pre-dates the United States Constitution.
We are known as the "Keeper of the Western Door," for the Seneca are the westernmost of the Six Nations. In the Seneca language we are also known as O-non-dowa-gah, (pronounced: Oh-n'own-dough-wahgah) or "Great Hill People."
Today, the Seneca Nation of Indians has a population of over 8,000 enrolled members. We are the fifth-largest employer in Western New York, creating thousands of new jobs and investing hundreds of millions of dollars to bolster the region's and New York State's economy.
We invite you to explore our website to learn about our rich culture and traditions, our diverse and strong sovereign economy and the quality of life that makes us proud to be Seneca.
Todd Gates, President, Seneca Nation of Indians
Reminder to graduating Seniors from Gowanda, Lakeshore, and Silver Creek High Schools. June 1st is the deadline for the Cattaraugus Marshal Community Outreach Scholarship. The application can be found on sni.org, on the Marshals Department page. Don't miss out on $500 to help with that first semester of Higher Education.
Participants will create their own beaded picture frame and learn more about the history of these beaded tourist items sold throughout Haundeosaunee Country. This is a free Seneca Language & Culture department community class. All supplies provided, only 10 spaces available. Registration is required. To register, call: 716-532-8161.
Make plans to join us for our 5th Annual Cattaraugus Marshals Pledge Launch event! Thursday May 25th @ the CCC. We will be grilling @ 5 pm, and Dodgeball will follow. This will be your last chance to sign the 2017 PLEDGE OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY; 21 & under. Only those that sign the pledge will be eligible for prizes at our Annual Culmination Celebration-so don't miss out.
The Spring Cash Raffle drawing will be at 7 pm, and those $10 tickets will be available until the drawing.