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A message from President Rickey L. Armstrong, Sr.

Greetings, Our winter weather has been so fickle, again, this year! One week it’s devastating us, the next it warms up and brings spring-like weather. No wonder there has been so much sickness in our communities. It got so warm I was anticipating the musical sounds of mosquitoes. In late December of 2022, Governor Hochul […]


North American Indigenous Games Monthly Meeting Schedule

Meetings to be held at the CCC on Sundays • February 12th at 12 noon – before Super Bowl• March 12th at 6pm – Cash raffle drawing• April 16th at 6pm – Travel deadline For all participants going to NAIG in Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 15-23, 2023 – Please attend these meetings! For more […]


Lucus Brown Joins 1,000 Point Club & Breaks Basketball Scoring Record!

Salamanca Boys Varsity Basketball Above: Lucus pictured with Salamanca’s previous record holder, Jack O’Rourke. Congratulations to Lucus Brown who scored his 1000th career point on Friday, January 13, 2023 against the Allegany-Limestone Gators — Beating the No. 5 Class B school in NYS on their home floor. Way to go Lucus, you’ve become the third […]

Community Forum – Discussing The District Identity

Salamanca Warriors January 14, 2023 | salamancany.org The Salamanca School district will be reviewing the district identity, The Warriors, and the use of logos that embody Native American elements. This process will be transparent for all stakeholders with regular meetings to gather input over the next several weeks. These public sessions will be provided both during regular business hours and in the evening and will continue as long as necessary to gather thorough input. All public hearings will be available through Zoom, Facebook Live and will be recorded. In order to ensure these sessions are conducted in a thoughtful and civil manner,

Honeymooners Powwow at ACC

Allegany Community Center Come check out the Honeymooners Powwow on February 11th at the Allegany Community Center in Salamanca, NY! Good Medicine Creatives/CRNY Artist Hiltz Johnny-John is organizing this event. You can catch fellow Good Creative Medicine Artists as vendors and dancers. Don’t miss it!

G. Peter Jemison Awarded Fellowship

Americans For The Arts Awards G. Peter Jemison 2023 Johnson Fellowship For Artists Transforming Communities January 11, 2023 | americansforthearts.org Americans for the Arts announced visual artist G. Peter Jemison (Heron Clan, Seneca Nation) as the recipient of the 2023 Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. This year’s $70,000 award honors an individual artist or culture bearer who does their creative work in and with rural communities with the purpose of building community, fostering participation in community life, advancing cultural and/or racial equity, and/or addressing specific issues that affect the well-being of rural communities. Nolen V. Bivens, president and CEO of Americans for

IGS and 2022 Highlights

Iroquois Genealogy Society Submitted by Leatha Jimerson Happy New Year! The Iroquois Genealogy Society had a busy year and the time has flown by again! Below is a recap of our year: Family Presentations: Kennedy Family (Teresa VanAernam), Red Jacket Descendents (Jack Ericson), Fillmore Jackson (Leatha Jimerson), Heron/Redeye/Lay/Tallchief Family (Tyler and Gloria Heron). Resource Information: SNI Archives (Arthur Hill), Chief Big Kettle (Kevin Hatton), Family Search Website (William Murray, Mormon Church representative). Outreach: Information table at Veteran’s Powwow and SNI Fall Festival. A presentation by Arthur Hill regarding the Seneca Annuity Census for 1955 & 1960. The source being the National Archives, BIA, in Washington DC.

Ja:göh Rosy Simas Danse, Grant Recipient

National Endowment for the Arts Announces First Round of Fiscal Year 2023 Grants Washington, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the first round of recommended awards for fiscal year 2023, with more than $34 million in funding to support the arts nationwide. This is the first of the NEA’s two major grant announcements each fiscal year and includes grants to organizations through the NEA’s Grants for Arts Projects, Challenge America, and Research Awards categories. This announcement also includes grants to individuals for Literature Fellowships in creative writing (poetry) and translation. “Together, these grants show the NEA’s support nationwide for strengthening

Ja:göh Mason Snyder

Ja:göh Mason Snyder, Cattaraugus Territory, son of Megan Torres and Shadow Snyder, not only has he recently celebrated his 14th birthday, he has also been accepted into St. Joseph's Collegiate Institution, class of 2027! Acceptance is determined by the student's academic records and entrance exam score. Congrats, Mason!

News From The Four Corners United Methodist Church

Rte. 438 and Versailles Plank Road, Cattaraugus Territory, PO Box 182, Versailles, NY 14081 Submitted by Marilyn Anderson Is it spring? Is it summer? Is it winter? Every day is a new day with different weather! Now that the Christmas holidays have passed, should we look forward to spring? Spring signals a time for renewal – planting, more daylight, etc. Spring is also when Christians commemorate Easter when Christ rose from the dead. Prior to Easter there are special days to prepare for Easter. At Four Corners we will be hosting Shrove Tuesday (also known as Fat Tuesday), on February 21, from

Onöndowa’ga:’ Filmmaker Seeking Photographs & Video Footage

to Help Illustrate Key Parts of Upcoming Film Nya:wëh sgë:nö’. swagwe:göh. My name is Caleb Abrams - I am an independent filmmaker from Ohi:yo’ and a proud member of the Wolf Clan. I am in search of photographs and video footage to help illustrate key parts of my upcoming film, The Burning of My Coldspring Home, an adaptation of Stephen Gordon’s short story of the same name. I am reaching out to the Seneca community for help locating this imagery. A complete list of the photos and footage I am searching for can be found below, along with the film’s description,

Dr. Haring Presents at GCS

January 13, 2023 | GCS District Facebook Page Gowanda Central School District was honored to have Dr. Rodney Haring join them to present on the topic of racism for their Tolerance and Assistance Program, the morning of Friday, January 13, 2023. Dr. Haring, pictured below with Assistant Principal David Smith, is the inaugural director of the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for Indigenous Cancer Research. He is also a past fellow at the National Congress of American Indians and the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Haring is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians (Beaver clan). In 2021, he received The National Federation

Forge Project Fellowship: 2023 Open Call

Check out this amazing opportunity – Applications due by February 15th! Repost from @forgeprojectny Forge Project, a Native-led arts and decolonial education initiative on the unceded homelands of the Muh-he-con-ne-ok in Upstate New York, has announced its open call for applications for its 2023 funded fellowship program. Read below for more details! Or Apply HERE: bit.ly/3k6kH08 Forge Project (@forgeprojectny) is pleased to announce its open call for applications for its 2023 funded fellowship program for Indigenous artists, scholars, organizers, cultural workers, researchers, and educators. Forge Project is seeking a 2023 cohort of six Indigenous individuals that represent a broad diversity of cultural practices, participatory

January 2023 Language Newsletter

Check out the latest issue of Gai:wanöhge' at: https://sni.org/gaiwanohge-v15/ Learn Seneca: Winter themed words O΄gä΄ (Snowflake) Oni:ya΄ (Snow on the ground) Oniyano:de:s (Deep Snow) Oye΄gwä:no:des (Big Snowdrifts)

Onöndowa’ga:’ Gawë:nö’

(Seneca Language) We wanted to share some winter inspired words in Onöndowa’ga:’ Gawë:nö’ (Seneca language). We hope everyone had a happy, safe and warm holiday season! For more Onöndowa’ga:’ Gawë:nö’ resources, visit senecalanguage.com.