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A message from President Matthew B. Pagels

Nya:wëh Sgë:nö’, I’m thankful for our Communities everyday particularly as colder weather is approaching. Unfortunately we have already experienced a significant windstorm which knocked out large sections of both Allegany and Cattaraugus electricity on Sunday, November 15. It was necessary to open up our emergency facilities for families to seek shelter from the elements. It […]

SCC Christmas Coloring Contest

Steamburg Community Center Due Date is December 11th, 2020. Refer to the coloring page for more information and to obtain the entry form. See below: Click to enlarge and print

Nearly New Boutique invites artists to sell in-store, holiday merchandise deals

Submitted by Donald "Flip" White Nya:wëh sgë:nö' swagwe:goh, Agwadeyësta’ Do:gë:h (We learn together), would like to extend an invitation to everyone to attend our monthly meetings; they are open to the public. Our next regularly scheduled meeting is 12/20/20 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Ganöhsesge:kha He:nödeyë:stha Annex. For your reference, our monthly meetings are scheduled on the third Sunday of every month, same time, and location. We will be publishing meeting reminders in the Seneca Nation Newsletter. In addition to conducting formal business, we are attempting to learn the language necessary to conduct our meetings in Onöndowa:ga:’ Gawënö. Yes, it

NYS Proclamation to Roswell Park Center for Indigenous Cancer Research, flag raising, and Native American Heritage Month

Submitted by Dr. Rodney Haring Due to the pandemic—a small gathering/ ceremony honoring Native American Heritage Month was held on the Roswell Park campus. Dr. Johnson (CEO, Roswell), State Senator Timothy Kennedy, Iroquois Post Vet—Rodney Keyes, Sr., Dr. Rodney Haring and a few team members were in attendance. Of historic note, was the raising of the Haudenosaunee Flag on it’s own pole in the middle of campus and the proclamation posted below from Senator Kennedy recognized the Roswell Park Center for Indigenous Cancer Research—along with language noting that Roswell Park situates on ancestral lands of the Haudenosaunee. See Proclamation below:

News From The Four Corners United Methodist Church

Rte. 438 and Versailles Plank Road, Cattaraugus Territory | Pastor – Rev. David Rood | 941-5703, dgrood62@yahoo.com | Submitted by Marilyn Anderson November brings several thoughts, images, and memories to mind – Hunting season, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas followed by New Year’s Eve and Day. The holidays and hunting are ways of sharing and celebrating with families. As we observe these events remember “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (I Thessalonians 5:18). The coronavirus has brought many changes to our lives. Some of us are struggling with the isolation

Winners Announced in Ganondagan’s Virtual Juried Hodinosoh:ni’ Art Show

All Haudenosaunee Nations Represented, “Best in Show” Awarded to Jamie Jacobs By Amy Blum | Photos provided Victor, NY—The winners have been announced and more than $14,000 in cash prizes have been awarded in Ganondagan’s competitive virtual juried Hodinöhsö:ni’ Art Show, online at ganondagan.org through December 31, 2020. The fourth annual show—the first to go virtual—features works by 43 artists representing all six Haudenosaunee Nations from across the United States and Canada, and all works are available for purchase. Winners are as follows: BEST IN SHOW: Double-sided Seneca Handbag by Jamie Jacobs (Tonawanda Seneca, Turtle Clan) featuring extensive, vibrant quillwork. In his artist statement, Jacobs

Nya:wëh Sgë:nö’ To All Seneca Community Members

Submitted by Lafayette Williams We at New York Connects would like to let you know that we are still operating during this pandemic of the COVID-19. We can help you with your long-term services and supports and needs for people of all ages, any disability, and caregivers. New York Connects can help you apply for Medicaid, find care and support, get answers about Medicare, learn about supports in caregiving, and much more. There are two ways to contact us: By phone. Call 1-800-342-9871. Interpretation and translation services are free. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can use the Relay System 7-1-1.

300 Salamanca-area vets honored with Hometown Heroes banners

Photo: From right, Salamanca IDA Director Ruthe Riehle and Salamanca American Legion Auxiliary President Sue Williams watch the first of 300 Hometown Heroes banners installed in the city. - Rickey L. Armstrong, Sr. By Kellen M. Quigley | Special to Olean Times Herald | Reprinted from oleantimesherald.com SALAMANCA — Hundreds of veterans from the Salamanca area had their military service honored this summer with the implementation of the Hometown Heroes banner program. Hanging on telephone and light poles throughout the city, banners displaying a veteran’s portrait, name and branch and years served are flying high as a way to thank and memorialize

#SenecasStaySafe — COVID-19 Reminders

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our area. Be sure to stay extra safe while taking care of shopping needs. For tips see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/essential-goods-services.html. Please remember to wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, social distance at least 6 feet, avoid touching your face, wipe down frequently used surfaces, avoid places with poor ventilation, outdoors is better than indoors (but you can still get the virus outdoors if you are in close contact with people), use delivery, curbside pickup, or mail services rather than go into crowded stores, and limit your exposures to other people. It is no longer just the

Iroquois Genealogy Society Update

Monthly Meetings for the remainder of the year have been CANCELED! Submitted by Leatha Jimerson The Iroquois Genealogy Society has decided to cancel the monthly meetings for the rest of the year 2020. The health and safety of the people who attend are our priority during the COVID pandemic. We hope to return to meetings next year usually starting in March 2021. However, it’s a wait and see situation we are in. In the meantime, we are brainstorming ideas to be able to bring you genealogy research information. For now, reach out to relatives by phone and do a little interview with them and

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