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Community Needs Assessment Update

Posted in: Community Planning and Development

Nya:wëh for your participation in the community needs assessment survey! The Seneca Nation needs assessment is officially closed.  The goal was to receive 260 on territory member surveys and 288 off-territory member surveys.  In total we have received 80% of our goal for on territory surveys, and 48% of our off-territory member goal.  Furthermore, 100% of department administrators completed the provider survey.

The results will be used to identify your community’s resource requirements and gaps for the purpose of guiding important decisions about local healthcare, education, family services, and more. This information will be used to guide administrative actions that affect your community. As a participant of this survey, you have been provided the opportunity to enter to win cash prizes totaling $500! The sweepstakes winners will be selected and announced April 10, 2015.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Deanna Diaz at or 716 945 1790 ext. 3064.  Your opinion is invaluable to the future of the nation and we greatly appreciate your participation!

OSHA 10 Class Now Forming

Posted in: Employment and Training

Each territory will be holding a OSHA 10 class in the upcoming weeks. The Cattaraugus class will be held April 21st - 22nd 8am-4pm and the Allegany class will be held May 7th and 8th 8am-4pm. There is no cost. Each class has room for 40 people. Participants must register before hand; walk-ins are not permitted. See attached flyer for complete information.

For those interested in getting their OSHA 10 certificate contact the Employee & Training department by phone at 716-532-1033 or 945-8120.

2015 Community Clean-Up Team Contest

Posted in: Environmental Protection

Come join us for a the 2015 Community Clean-Up Team Contest: April 1st from 10:00am - 2:00 and April 2nd, 10am - 1:00pm.

  • 3 man teams (3 participants necessary for teams, if less, will not be eligible for contest)
  • Individual cleaners welcome
  • Hours are to be maintained for safety of participants.

Lunch will be provided on Thursday at EPD directly after for all participants. If interested please see the attached document for more information or call 716-532-2546.

Lifeguard Certification Course

Posted in: Cattaraugus Community Center

The Lifeguard Certification Course includes CPR/First Aid and AED as well as lifeguarding. Class runs April 24th - 26th. Must be 16 years of age to register. The cost is $250 a person. The following prerequisites apply:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously using front crawl and breaststroke.
  2. Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breast stroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10lb object. Return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to start point with the object. Exit water without using ladder or steps. Do this within 1 minute & 40 seconds.
  3. Tread water for 2 minutes without hands.

For those interested please see attached flyer for complete details or contact Heidi John with any questions at 716-532-8450.

Public Indian Education Meeting at Seneca Allegany Library

Posted in: Education

Important open forum for community members as well as parents and guardians of Native American students to discuss issues such as funding and other services currently provided to the students through grants and contracts, including impact aid and TITLE VII funds.  See attached flyer for information.

State of the Nation Program Agenda

Posted in: President's Office

The following is on the agenda for the State of the Nation Address which will take place at the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel Event Center on Saturday, March 21st, 2015:

11:00 Seating Begins
11:15 Iroquois Legion Post 1587 posts colors
11:20 Invocation by Blaine Tallchief
11:30 Welcome and Introduction by Stephen Gordon
11:40 Entertainment by Seneca Dancers
12:00 Lunch served
Station of the Nation Address by President
Eagle Award Nomination
1:15 Social Dancing
1:45 Closing Remarks 

WGWE's 1st Annual Polar Plunge

Posted in: News

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Take the Plunge! … Take the Challenge!

The 1st Annual WGWE Polar Bear Plunge will be held on Saturday April 18th from 11:30 – 1:30 at Allegany State Park, Red House area. The Challenge is On! WGWE wants YOU to put a team in the Plunge … all proceeds benefit Seneca Nation of Indians “Seneca Strong” – the campaign against drugs and alcohol.

It’s simple. Grab your co-workers, people who belong in a group or organization – organize a team. Then have each team member get pledges, with $25 minimum pledge per person  – to support their “Polar Plunge” efforts. All money raised will benefit SNI Seneca Strong.

On Plunge day, April 18th, registration opens at 10:30 a.m. Captains of your team should collect Team Members’ pledge sheets and money and turn in at registration desk. Each participant must register to participate.

Just contact Katie at WGWE, 716-945-5801; email: or facebook/WGWE105.9FM. Register your team. Get your Polar Pledge packet with rules and pledge sheets.

WGWE’s Polar Bear Plunge is being co-sponsored by Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce & Allegany State Park.

TAKE THE PLUNGE! Challenge Others To Do the Same! Please see attached forms for full rules and forms.

Saturday Tutoring Sessions Now Available

Posted in: Education

The Seneca Allegany Department of Education will be offering Saturday tutoring sessions for grades K-12 from 12pm-2pm. For more info please contact Gerald Jimerson at 716-945-1790 ext. 3110 or email him at

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