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Cultural Arts Class

Posted in: Education

Interested in working with Leather? Attend the upcoming SNI Education sponsored Cultural Arts Class that takes place April 21, 28 and May 5 from 6pm until 8 pm at  the Saylor Building. See attached flyer for more information or contact the Education Department at 716.532.3341.

Peace Walkers for a Nuclear-Free Future Grace WNY April 10-16

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Peace Walkers from near and far join together to walk, pray, chant, vigil and educate in WNY on their way to the UN’s review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), which happens every five years. Students, Japanese, and indigenous people make up a good proportion of the 35 walkers from outside WNY. They will be joined by locals April 10-16, 2015, walking to West Valley and gathering in an urgent prayer to prevent nuclear disasters and to build public awareness of the nuclear threat and costs, e.g., Fukushima’s dire state; the radioactive plume at West Valley headed toward Cattaraugus Creek and 20% of the world’s fresh water supply; the threat of drones crashing into nuclear power plants here and elsewhere; etc. 

Local sponsors include the Indigenous Women’s Initiatives (IWI), Burning Books, Friends of the Japanese Garden, the Global Justice Ecology Project, the Interfaith Peace Network, Nekanehsakt, the Peace Education Fund, Seneca Nation of Indians, WNY Drilling Defense, WNY Peace Center, and others. All support and appreciate the walk leadership from the Nipponzan Myohoji Grafton Peace Pagoda. 

The WNY Schedule is as follows: 

Friday April 10 - 3-6:30 PM  WNY Peace Center  invites you to a POTLUCK to greet and meet the Japanese NPT Walkers at the Foundry , 298 Northampton St near Jefferson in Buffalo NY. Dr. Charley Bowman will speak. Public Invited to walk 71 miles for Peace.  For more information contact Vicki Ross

Saturday April 11 - 8 AM  RALLY at Buffalo NY City Hall at Niagara Square sending the NPT Walkers off on their 15 mile WALK to through downtown Buffalo to South Park Avenue all the way to 116 Union St, Hamburg NY.  Bring your prayers for peace, banners, flyers to hear Jules Orkin with the NPT walkers. For more information, contact Nate Buckley . Public Invited to walk.

Sunday April 12 - 8 AM  NPT walkers begin 15 mile WALK from 116 Union St, Hamburg  thru Boston NY to Genesee Rd on Rt 228 where they will be shuttled to  37 North Buffalo Street in Springville NY 14141 for a PUBLIC EVENT at 6 pm Springville Center for the Arts Theater. Ayumi Temlock of NJ Peace Action will speak on the UN Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty Review Conference; Native Salamanca High School Students ( contact will speak on the UNIPPF; and the UPitt at Bradford PA college students (contact Don will also present. For more info, contact

Monday April 13 - 8 AM NPT Walkers begin 8 mile WALK  from Genesee Rd/Rt 228 Boston Springville Rd to West Valley Nuclear Services, 10282 Rock Springs Rd, near West Valley NY 14172 where the NPT Walkers will continue to chant and pray for a NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE at the site.  Public invited. NPT Walkers will be shuttled back to stay place in Springville NY.

Tuesday April 14 - SUNRISE 5:30AM  Water is Life Interfaith Ceremony at 10282 Rock Springs Rd Rt 85, near West Valley NY 14172. 6:30 AM begin 20 mile WALK along Rt 85 to local Rt 219, to route 39 west to to Rte 62 to Richardson Rd to END at Micky G’s on the Cattararaugus Indian Reservation near Collins NY ( .  Walkers shuttled to the Cattaraugus Community Center (CCC) on Rt 438 near Irving NY 14081 for a Social from 6-9 PM. Public invited.

Wednesday April 15 - 7:30 AM NPT and Water is Life walkers will be transported back to Micky G’s on Richardson Rd.Public invited to 13 mile WALK  down Route 438 to Sunset Bay on Lake Erie, Irving NY 14081 for a Water Ceremony  (contact Maria Maybee  The NPT Walkers will then be shuttled to Gahadago on Route 20 in Irving, NY 14081 for a lodge, pipe and pot luck feast ceremonies (contact  Al White  Walkers shuttled to stay place at CCC Rt 438.

Thursday April 16 - 11 AM NPT walkers will be transported to Depew NY to the AMTRAK train station to continue on to the Grafton Peace Pagoda, 85 Crandall Rd, Petersburg NY 14138  Phone: 518-658-9301 to rest then walk to United Nations in NYC for the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty Review Conference (contact Jim Anderson 716-903-5648) where they will fast and pray for peace.

Volunteers Needed for Honoring Mother Earth 5K Run/Walk

Posted in: Community Planning and Development

The Food Is Our Medicine Project is seeking volunteers and runners for its annual Honoring Mother Earth 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 25 at 11 AM.  We need at least 20 volunteers to help direct the runners through the course.  To sign up as a volunteer, please contact Amanda by phone at (716)532-4900 ext. 5016 or by email at  To sign up as a runner, please visit the Food Is Our Medicine Project website at and click on the Upcoming Events tab.  Or, fill out the attached form and return it to the Cattaraugus Planning Department in the William Seneca Building.

April 2015 Seneca Language Newsletter

Posted in: Seneca Language

This issue of the Gae:wanohge' features: upcoming events, a short language conversation, a delicious recipe, a Seneca story and some interesting facts on Earth day.

The monthly language newsletter is published on the 1st monday of every month. If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to

The 2015 Pledge of Personal Responsibility

Posted in: Marshal's Office

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Our 3rd year of the Community Outreach Program is kicking off now! This Pledge seeks to inspire each of us to BE PROACTIVE – To be a Proud Member that is Strengthening Our Nation.

Once signed, you will join our family of committed pledgees. Your active participation will run from April, thru September 2015. Successful Pledgees are invited to the Culmination Celebration to be held in September, the weekend after the Fall Festival. Here, your dedication to this program enters you into the raffle, with various prizes being offered.

There is a Community Service requirement, and this is to encourage folks to get involved with helping each other. Each Pledgee volunteers their time to a Community event, which can be on either Territory, in order to be eligible to win prizes. Please be aware that if the event is not sponsored by the Catt. Marshals Dept, the event coordinator must contact our office and confirm your service. 

The added bonus of the Community Service requirement is that the more events you volunteer with, the more tickets you will receive at the Culmination Celebration, which means more chances to win prizes.

The attached tentative schedule does outline upcoming activities that have been planned for the year. Check out the SNI Newsletter, or take a look at the Marshal Web page on the Seneca Nation Website - - for updates on these events, and for additional activities that may be added in. 

AOA Chinese Auction

Posted in: Education

AOA will be having a Chinese auction next week during Community Fair. The drawing will be held Thursday April 2nd at noon. For more information see the attached flyer.

Healthy Cooking Class Coming Soon

Posted in: Allegany Community Center

This class will help interested participants learn how to cook simple, healthy meals that fit our busy lifestyle.  Each class will practice tips and tricks for eating and exploring healthy foods while at the same time making them tasty.  Delicious and nutritious.  With enough interest, we can start growing our own simple herb/veg garden as well as begin foraging for our own healthy foods!

The first classes will be April 14th and April 28th, 5:00pm, @ the Allegany Community Center MPR; classes will take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Please see attached flyer for complete information.

Community Needs Assessment Update

Posted in: Community Planning and Development

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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!

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