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Notice of Availability & Solicitation of Public Comments

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DOE proposes to authorize the expenditure of federal funding to the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) to design, permit, and construct up to a 2.0-megawatt wind turbine on Tribal common lands in the Cattaraugus Territory, New York.  The turbine will be located near Lucky Lane and Gil Lay Memorial Sports Arena. DOE and SNI jointly prepared the Draft Environmental Assessment For The Seneca Nation Wind Turbine Project Cattaraugus Territory Erie County, New York (DOE/EA-2004) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of this proposed project and are soliciting public comment. The Draft EA will be available from the following website for a 30-day public review period beginning August 17, 2015.

http://www.energy.gov/node/1143511.

The comment period closes on September 16, 2015.  All comments must be submitted to Mr. Casey Strickland, U.S. Department of Energy, Golden Field Office, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO 80401 or submitted via email to gonepa@ee.doe.gov or fax to 240-562-1640.  Envelopes and the subject line of emails and faxes should be labeled “SNI Wind Turbine Project Draft EA Comments.”

Vision 2020 - Children's Hospital Fund-Raiser

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Chicken, potato salad, beans, roll, and drink will be available for purchase to fund-raise money for Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation.  Pre-sale tickets are available for $8 and walk-ins can buy lunch for $10.  All proceeds are going to this foundation.  Location is CIRVFD Fire Hall outside area.  A bake-sale is also being organized for those who want to add dessert to their lunch.  Please come and support the efforts of the Vision 2020 program. 

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Seneca Nation of Indians Federal Credit Union - Grand Opening

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The Seneca Nation of Indians Federal Credit Union (SNIFCU) is celebrating the Grand Opening of our main branch office in the William Seneca Building on August 17th. We will be accepting applications for membership beginning August 18th.  If you would like to become a member, please pick up one of our membership applications from our office and bring your Tribal ID (for enrolled Senecas) or a NYS driver’s license (for non-Senecas), at least $5, and your completed application to our office on or after August 18th.

OFFICE LOCATION

The William Seneca Building

12837 Route 438

Irving, NY 14081

(On the 1st floor, across from the Human Resources Department)

 

OFFICE HOURS

9:00am – 4:00pm

Monday through Friday

Why Become a Member?

As a member of the SNIFCU, you are also an owner of the SNIFCU. Not only will you have access to convenient low-cost financial services, but you also have a vote at the annual meeting to choose the Board of Directors.

A primary benefit of being a member of a credit union is that it keeps money circulating in your community. As a member, the money you deposit is used to provide loans to other members, members who are your neighbors, co-workers, and family. Their deposits as well will be used to provide the financing for your next car loan or personal loan. In this way, the money continues to recirculate in the community among the members, providing more local economic benefit. By the same token, when a loan is not repaid it hurts not only the credit union, but yourself, your co-workers, neighbors, and family members that are also members.

With a bank, the primary beneficiaries of the success of the bank are the shareholders. The shareholders receive dividends, and the bank is in operation to benefit the shareholder, who may or may not use the bank. With a Credit Union, the primary beneficiaries of the success of the credit union are the members. The members share in the success of the credit union by receiving lower fees, higher interest on savings, and lower interest on loans. Also, since the credit union is a not-for-profit, it has an advantage over banks by not having to pay taxes on earnings. Instead those earnings are returned to the members as better interest rates and lower fees.

As a federally chartered credit union, members of the SNIFCU will have their accounts insured up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund.

Membership Eligibility

In order to become a member of the SNIFCU you must be one of the following:

    - An enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians

    - An employee of the Seneca Nation of Indians

    - An employee of the Seneca Gaming Corporation and its subsidiaries

    - An employee of Seneca Gaming and Entertainment, Seneca Nation Enterprises, or Seneca Construction Management Corporation

    - A member of the immediate family or household of a current SNIFCU member

Products and Services

See the table for the products and services offered by the SNIFCU. From August 18th many of our services will be available, however not all of our services will be available from the on-set. See the table for the dates that our services become available:

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

DATES AVAILABLE

SHARE/CLUB ACCOUNTS

 

SHARE ACCOUNTS (SAVINGS)

SHARE DRAFT ACCOUNTS (CHECKING)

 

CLUB ACCOUNTS INCLUDE: HOLIDAY CLUB, VACATION CLUB, AND BURIAL CLUB

 

 

 

8/17/15

CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSITS

TERMS INCLUDE: 6 MONTH, 12 MO., 24 MO., 36 MO., 48 MO., and 60 MO.

 

8/17/15

MONEY MARKET ACCOUNTS

8/17/15

LOANS

 

LOANS AVAILABLE: NEW AUTO UP TO 72 MO., USED AUTO UP TO 60 MO., SHARE SECURED UP TO 120 MO., UNSECURED UP TO 60 MO., AND CREDIT BUILDER UP TO 6 MO.

 

 

8/17/15

DEBIT CARDS

 

9/28/15

WEBSITE/MOBILE BANKING/BILL PAY

 

COMING SOON

ATM (AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINES)

 

9/28/15

The National Credit Union Administration

The SNIFCU is a federally chartered credit union subject to the regulation of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Since President Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act into law in 1934, membership in Credit Unions has grown into a National system of not-for-profit cooperative Credit Unions. The NCUA was established to regulate and have oversight over federally chartered credit unions. Offices of the NCUA include examination and supervision and five regional offices manage the oversight of credit unions nationally.

The SNIFCU is bound by strict NCUA privacy guidelines to preserve the integrity of your information. Your account information cannot be shared with anyone including our sponsor, the Seneca Nation of Indians. The SNIFCU is held to the same standard of any other credit union or bank in protecting the personal financial information of our members. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (716) 532-8179.

Salamanca Branch Office

The SNIFCU Salamanca Branch office will open toward the end of September and will be located on the first floor, behind the reception desk in the Seneca Allegany Administration Building.

Seneca Nation as Sponsor

The SNIFCU would not be at this point without the generous support from our sponsor, the Seneca Nation of Indians. The Seneca Nation has committed to providing financial support to the credit union as well as providing space within the administration buildings for our offices, rent-free for several years. The Seneca Nation as the sponsor is ensuring that the members of the Seneca Nation and employees of the Seneca Nation entities have access to convenient, low-cost financial services.

Along with our sponsors’ support, the SNIFCU could not have happened without the work of the all-volunteer Board of Directors. The Board has worked for years to bring the SNIFCU to this point. 

SNI AmeriCorps - Apply Today

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AmeriCorps is a national service program designed to recruit and utilize volunteers to assist the Cattaraugus Education Department mission. AmeriCorps members are not “employees,” they are national service volunteers, who receive a livable allowance, an educational award upon completing their contractual obligation to the Seneca Nation AmeriCorps program. The Member’s core mission is to focus on three priorities:

  • Provide academic assistance to students struggling in ELA & Math proficiencies in various sites located in Gowanda, Lake Shore, Silver Creek School Districts and the Saylor building
  • Assist in raising awareness in the Seneca community regarding emergency preparation for future natural disasters.
  • Supplement Seneca Nation efforts to encourage and expand students appreciation of their language, culture, and history.

If you're interested in more information please visit the Education page or see attached links.

Next Senecare Meetings Announcement

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The next Seneca Nation Member meetings will be held from 6pm to 8pm on September 22, 2015 in Cattaraugus and September 23, 2015 at the Seneca Allegany Administration Building. These meetings are for Seneca Nation of Indians Members only. 

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