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Posted in: Education

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

Posted in: News

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).

GED® Program Name Change

Posted in: Employment and Training

What's New in SNI Adult Education (formerly GED®)?

We have a new name! The GED® name has been purchased by a publishing company (Pearson), and has become a registered trademark. This means that GED® must be represented by the registered trademark symbol whenever it is used in communications such as this article. So it was necessary to change our program name to something that wasn't owned.

 In addition, Pearson will make sweeping changes to the General Education test to be put in place January 2014. The good news is New York State opted out of Pearson's  plan, along with many other states. New York has been in negotiations with many companies to have a test written, and be phased in over the next three years. They just announced CTB/McGraw Hill, as the writer of the new High School Equivalency Diploma test, a blessing to our program because we currently use many of McGraw-Hill's cutting edge, research based resources in our classroom!

The equivalency test will still change in January 2014, as we have been advertising for the past year. This means any partial scores will definitely be lost. If you have taken the Official Test between 2002 and 2013, and passed all but one or two parts, …

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SNI 2013 Community Fair

Posted in: Education

The annual Community Fair held within the Seneca Nation Cattaraugus territory during spring break is scheduled to begin Monday, April 1st through Friday, April 5th.  Numerous educational and fun activities for all ages will take place during the course of the week with highlights such as a field trip to Rochester Museum of Play, Smoke Dance competition with cash prizes, bike rodeo and much more!   A vendor day and SNI Department Awareness Day is planned to end the week on Friday, April 5th from 9am - 3pm.  Public is welcome to come and enjoy the festivities!

Become a Certified Lifeguard!

Posted in: Employment and Training

Have you ever thought of becoming a lifeguard? Now is your chance! Classes are now forming and will be held at the Cattaraugus Community Center, April 26th through 28th. Please see the attached flyer. For any questions contact Heidi John or Leroy Henhawk at the CCC, (716) 532-8450 ext 5703

Williams stays calm in Madness

Posted in: News

As reported in the Buffalo News on March 14, 2013.

We are in the middle of March Madness, which means when a horn goes off at the end of a postseason basketball game, things get crazy. In a way similar to college conference title games, high school playoff victories at this time of year mean that you will reach another level of the state tournament, that your season will continue while your opponent's will end.

When that horn goes off, madness follows. Players run onto the court. Teammates sprint into each other's arms. There are hugs between coaches and players and managers. And it is far from quiet.

And then there's Zed Williams.

Williams is the senior leader of Silver Creek, one of the state's best lacrosse players who is outstanding on the basketball court as well. After the Black Knights clinched their first trip to Glens Falls for the state final four with a regional victory over Mynderse at Rochester's Blue Cross Arena, he walked to the bench, put on an orange bracelet that a coach was holding for him, and spent a few minutes by himself before joining a quiet, meaningful celebration with his team.

The orange bracelet bears the name and number of Carney Johnson, No. 28, who was a l…

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Seneca Nation Identifies Major Shortcomings of Competition in Fight for Federal Hydro License

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CATTARAUGUS/ALLEGANY TERRITORIES - FirstEnergy, the operator of the Seneca

 "FirstEnergy does not have and has never had the Seneca Nation's consent to use our sovereign tribal lands for power generation, " said Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder, Sr. "It's just another example of outsiders taking Indian property rights and using them for personal gain without properly compensating the Indians," said Snyder.

The Seneca Pumped Storage Project is located along the Allegheny River and Reservoir in the Seneca's Allegany Territory, southern New York, and northern Pennsylvania.  The Projec…

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Getting Healthy Together One Ton at a Time

Posted in: News

As part of my presidential agenda, the Seneca Nation is taking some very positive steps in creating a healthier community for our people. I am very encouraged and excited about the new Healthy First Nations, "Food is our Medicine" Garden Program that is being launched. And now I'm even more pleased to talk about the amazing progress taking shape for our people through the Seneca Nation Weight Loss Challenge, an eight-week healthy living program with the goal to lose one ton of weight.

Similar to the popular Biggest Looser, 56, five-man teams from both Cattaraugus and Allegany, have been working to develop healthy eating habits and introduce a healthy approach to exercise into their daily lives. Each team member had to sign a waiver to be in the program requiring them to follow healthy-living decisions and not try and lose weight through drastic or trendy weight loss programs.

To date and in just two weeks, the teams have lost a collective total of 2,164 lbs., over one ton already!

Through a participation registration fee and donations, more than $14,000 in prizes will be awarded to the teams that lose the highest percentage of body fat, not the highest total of lost pounds. This allows the teams …

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OSHA 2013 Training

Posted in: Employment and Training

The OSHA 10 Hour Training Program for the Construction Industry provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in the construction industry. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

Financial Aid available to eligible candidates.

Call Employment & Training Today!

Cattaraugus: (716) 532-1033

Allegany: (716) 945-8120

Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

Posted in: Employment and Training




There are excellent employment opportunities in Western New York for individuals that are certified as Nursing Assistants/Home Health Aides.

Students receive 140 hours of instruction in the class-room, laboratory and clinical experience.

Funding is available for those who qualify.

For more information, see the flyer or call Employment & Training (716) 532-1033

SNI Federal Credit Union Seeking Committee Members

Posted in: Community Planning and Development

We are looking for a few good community members to serve on the following committees for the "proposed" Seneca Nation of Indians Federal Credit Union (SNI FCU):

1) Supervisory Committee (2)

Recruiting volunteers to serve on a committee is one of the responsibilities of the board of incorporators. Whatever your reasons for wanting to serve, the survival of the SNI FCU depends on community people like you. Please consider the following reasons why you should volunteer:

  • Service
  • Fulfillment
  • Career development
  • Professional growth
  • Social contact
  • Status
  • Control
  • Activity


To apply, fill out this Volunteer Application Form (note on page 3 - notary required) and return it along with your current resume to:

Economic Development Specialist

A prerequisite for board members is that the Federal Credit Union Act requires the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) ensures that all prospect…

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