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President Snyder Featured in National Museum of American Indian

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In the interview series Meet Native America, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian invites tribal leaders, cultural figures, and other interesting and accomplished Native individuals to introduce themselves and say a little about their lives and work. Together, their responses illustrate the diversity of the indigenous communities of the Western Hemisphere, as well as their shared concerns, and offer insights beyond what’s in the news to the ideas and experiences of Native peoples today. —Dennis Zotigh, NMAI 

You can read President Snyder's full interview with the National Museum of the American Indian here.

Head Start Vision Screenings

Posted in: Early Childhood Learning Center

Head Start  had their Vision screenings at the beginning of October 2013. C.I.R.H.C Optical staff provided the screenings we here at the center want to thank Dr. Johnson and staff for all their help! Pictured from top to bottom are Joshua. B, Nannette. G, and Justice. J.


Fire Prevention Week

Posted in: Early Childhood Learning Center

October 6th - 12th is Fire Prevention Week.

The C.I.R.V.F.D came over to the center to show their fire trucks and ambulances to the children. They provided crayons and coloring books, fire fighter hats to the older children, and gave stuffed animal puppies to the infants. We thank them for everything they gave to the center, and appreciate all their hard work they do for the community everyday!

Pictured top to bottom Pre-K 1 children Gavin, Zaia, Arilyn, children from the Toddler room, children with some of our firemen - firewomen, and lastly C.l.R.V.F.D!





Seneca Nation Health Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs October 26 At Both Seneca Nation Health Centers

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On October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Seneca Nation Health Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to either of the Seneca Nation Health Centers 36 Thomas Indian School Drive in Irving, NY or 987 R.C. Hoag Drive in Salamanca, NY.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds-more than 1,400 tons-of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority o…

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Head Start Dental Screenings

Posted in: Early Childhood Learning Center

In September we had our annual E.C.L.C Head Start Dental Screenings. All three Head

Start classes enjoyed their screenings at the C.I.R.H.C Dental Unit! 

All the children had a great time with the Dental Staff!

We would like to thank the Dental Unit for providing the screenings!

E.C.L.C Staff




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New York State officials and the Friends of Ganondagan today broke ground on a Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site, fulfilling a 30-year vision to build a permanent destination dedicated to Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) contributions to art, culture and society at the site of the 17th Century Seneca town in Ontario County. The project was made possible by $3.9 million from Governor Cuomo's economic development initiatives and contributions from the Seneca Nation, and corporate, foundation, and private funds raised by the Friends of Ganondagan.

"The Seneca Art & Culture Center will honor the proud heritage of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee people and provide the historic site with a much-needed new year-round educational, cultural, and tourism destination for visitors from around the world," said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. "I applaud Governor Cuomo for recognizing how New York State's unique cultural and historic sites contribute to an improving economy and I thank the Friends of Ganondagan for their persistence that will add much to the region's culture and way of life."

Daniel Rundberg (Cayuga), presid…

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - August 27, 2013 -With the backdrop of a spectacular fireworks display, officials with the Seneca Nation of Indians and Seneca Gaming Corporation looked on with pride Tuesday night as the long-awaited Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino made its official debut in downtown Buffalo. The $130 million gaming facility becomes the latest attraction in the rapidly developing Cobblestone District along the Inner Harbor.

"In developing this world-class property, the Seneca Nation set out to transform an old industrial site, a shade of Buffalo's past, into a key piece of the city's future," said Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder, Sr. "Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino will forever stand out as a testament to Buffalo's rebirth and a permanent reminder of the important role which the Seneca Nation and its people play in the future of Western New York."

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino earlier this month initiated a transition process into the new gaming space as construction crews continued to put the finishing touches on 808 new slot machines, 18 table games, two restaurants, a sports bar, a four-level parking ramp with 725 spaces and surface parking for nearly another 400 cars. The 67,000 square-foot facility…

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Proposed Supplemental Service Schedule

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Public notice is hereby made that the Seneca Nation of Indians Planning Department is seeking public comment on the Proposed Supplemental Service Schedule of the Seneca Transit System (STS). The effective date of the Proposed Supplemental Service Schedule is for September 14 & 15, 2013 only to provide Public Transit Service for the Seneca Fall Festival.

Comments on the Proposed Supplemental Service Schedule of the STS are invited from the general public and human service agencies. Interested parties may comment on the STS Proposed Supplemental Service Schedule changes or obtain more details about services offered by the STS by contacting or writing:

Angela Fernandez             

Seneca Nation of Indians Planning Department

PO Box 231, 90 Ohi:yo' Way                                                         …

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Seneca Nation of Indians Transfers Casino Exclusivity Funds to New York State

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CATTARAUGUS/ALLEGANY TERRITORIES - The Seneca Nation of Indians today transferred 349.6 million dollars to New York State in a special ceremony including Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder, Sr. and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. Held at the Seneca Niagara Events Center, Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel, Niagara Falls, NY, the Seneca's disbursement included $139,860,000 for the host municipalities and $209,790,000 to the state of New York to resolve the Seneca's concerns about the status of the terms of its original gaming compact with the state. The host cities include Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca, New York.

"We have been very successful building a billion dollar gaming business right here in Western New York, with our Seneca Niagara, Seneca Allegany and Seneca Buffalo Creek facilities," said Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder, Sr. "In the process, we have created thousands of jobs for Senecas and non-Senecas alike, and have become an important business partner for several local companies, thereby supporting thousands of additional jobs in the local economy."

"By working together and both sides coming to the table in the spirit of collaboration and respect, the State and Seneca Na…

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Seneca Nation Of Indians Launches Seneca Transit System

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Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) is launching the inter-territory public bus, Seneca Transit System (STS), on Monday, July 29. The bus will provide affordable public transportation for communities of the Southern Tier. The line begins at Seneca Gaming and Entertainment Bingo in Irving and ends at The Turtle Pit in Steamburg, with 13 other scheduled stops along the route including SNI government buildings, community buildings, Shop & Save in Gowanda, Cattaraugus County Building in Little Valley and Grand Center Station in Salamanca. STS will pick of riders anywhere along the route and offers route deviation services for those who cannot get to the bus stops.

Seneca Transit System operates Monday through Friday, 6:30 am to 7:00 pm and fares are $1 per zone. Schedules and helpful hints can be found at or by phone 716-945-1790 ext. 3055.

"With the launch of Seneca Transit System, the Seneca Nation of Indians is providing a much-needed service for our community and our neighbors at an affordable cost," said President Barry E. Snyder, Sr.

Seneca Nation of Indians has partnered with First Transit of Cuba, NY to bring Seneca Transit System to the Southern Tier. First Transit currentl…

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24th Annual Seneca Casino Veterans Pow Wow

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24th Annual Seneca Casino Veterans Pow Wow is being held at Vet's Park on July 20th & 21st.  Grand Entry is at NOON both days. Over 50 vendors!! Over $73,000 in dancer/drum prize money!! Come join us this year whether it will be your 24th time or your 1st time. All Nations and Nationalities welcome. We'll see you at the Pow Wow!!

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Indianpreneurship Business Training Workshop

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This workshop will cover business concepts indispensable for anyone starting up or running a small business. Instructors will also identify and help participants avoid common pitfalls. The training will provide comprehensive information on topics important to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners related to business planning, access to capital, basic bookkeeping, human resources, problem solving and marketing a small business.  If you have interest in attending the workshop on July 9th and 10th, 9am-4pm, at the Allegany Casino please call Wayne Awald, SBIP Business Advisor at 716-532-4900 x5139 or email to register.


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NYS testing regents review sessions. All sessions take place at the Saylor Building. For more information please call the Education Department at (716) 532-3341.

CDCI - Perry and Michigan Improvements

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Briefly, the Nation teamed up with the Sabres, Savarino Company and HSBC to form the "Cobblestone District Connector Initiative" to transform Perry street between Buffalo Creek Casino and the First Niagara Center into a signature, gateway corridor, including complete redesign of the street with new lighting, new sidewalks, landscaping, etc.

Our team was just awarded about $250,000 from Mayor Brown's Buffalo Building Reuse Fund to complete the design for the street, as part of $1.25 million awarded to our project, Genesee Street and Chippewa Street (see article link below).

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