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ALLEGANY TERRITORY, SALAMANCA, N.Y. – Lingering concerns over the sustained nationwide COVID-19 response has prompted organizers of the annual Marvin “Joe” Curry Veterans Powwow to cancel the event for 2020.
The Seneca Nation has presented the annual celebration of Native American culture for the past 30 years. The powwow, which features a series of exhilarating dance and drum competitions, attracts competitors and visitors from across the United States and Canada. It is one of the largest powwow celebrations in the northeast.
“The powwow is about community, our community here on the Seneca Territory and the community of friends and families who join us each year from throughout Indian Country,” said Seneca Nation Councilor Tina Abrams, co-chair of the Powwow committee. “With everyone’s best interest in mind, the right decision is to suspend our celebration until we can again welcome everyone from far and wide back to Salamanca next year.”
The powwow honors Native American veterans and is named in honor
of Marvin “Joe” Curry, a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians’ Snipe Clan, who led a long and distinguished career of military service in the United States Navy, serving two tours of duty in the Korean War and also serving in the Vietnam War.
Abrams is thankful for the devotion and commitment of the committee members and said the powwow committee will soon begin planning for a 2021 celebration.
“Every community is adjusting to this worldwide situation. We are disappointed, but we know this is the right decision,” Abrams said. “The dancers will dance, the drums will sound, and we will all raise our voices in song again next year.”
This interim guidance is to help household members plan for community transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages household members to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community.
This is an important message regarding Seneca Nation Health System operations in response to COVID-19.
The Pharmacy will be opening for normal hours of operation, 7:30AM to 6:00PM on Monday March 23rd. The easiest ways to request refills are using the Smartphone app called Refill Pro or calling the health center pharmacy to use the IVR system to enter your prescription numbers. When you are getting your order ready, be sure to check for any medications that can be refilled up to 14 days early to reduce the number of trips to the Pharmacy. The pharmacy is receiving a lot of incoming calls, so please be patient if you need to speak to someone. For your convenience the pharmacy staff can sign you up to receive text message alerts when your prescriptions are ready for pickup. Curb-side delivery of medications is available and recommended for elders, those who are sick, or high-risk individuals. More thorough instructions and additional information is located on the Pharmacy page at senecahealth.org
Medical, Dental, and Optical are re-scheduling routine appointments on a case-by-case basis taking into account the health and needs of each patient. Health System departments are accepting appointments only, walk ins will not be allowed into the buildings. Please call upon arrival for letters, referrals, or pick ups from Patient Registration or the information desk, patients will receive delivery to their car. Any department or service not previously mentioned are available via phone. For Lionel R John Health center call 945-5894, for the Cattaraugus Health Center call 532-5582, and for the Cattaraugus Community Health and Wellness Center call 532-8223.
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