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A message from President Matthew B. Pagels

Gagwe:göh sgë:nö’, I hope everyone is doing well. June was a great weather month. With the start of summer, I’m sure everyone is enjoying sporting events, family functions and outdoor fun. First, I’d like to congratulate the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse team for winning the National Lacrosse League Championship! Hard work and dedication paid off, especially […]


Williams gets back on top of lacrosse world, wins NLL

Mammoth Moment June 20, 2022 | By Christian Storms | observertoday.com BUFFALO — On Saturday night at the KeyBank Center, Silver Creek High School graduate Zed Williams did something most people can only dream of. He won the National Lacrosse League Champions Cup after the Colorado Mammoth defeated the Buffalo Bandits 10-8 in a winner-take-all […]


Santana named to Women’s World Championship Roster

University at Albany Great Danes Outgoing senior attack Ivy Santana (Cattaraugus Territory, Seneca, Wolf clan) made the Haudenosaunee roster. Haudenosaunee shares Pool E with Argentina, China, Japan, and Switzerland. Team Haudenosaunee opens June 30 at 2:00 pm against Team Japan. Ivy scored four goals with three assists in 12 total appearances. Santana scored one goal […]

Common House Sparrow

Seneca Language interpretation Gaisgë’se:’ Photo by Patrick Redeye, Media Producer, Allegany Territory Check out the great resources available at senecalanguage.com to learn more about other birds and animals. Senecalanguage.com has a Facebook group for discussion and questions, as well as a YouTube channel filled with fun and educational videos.

Story of Mary Jemison brought to life at Leon Presentation

June 12, 2022 | By Deb Everts | salamancapress.com LEON — The Leon Historical Society hosted speaker Tina Scherman on Saturday at Leon’s 1836 Church. In her living history presentation, “Mary Jemison: White Woman of the Genesee,” Scherman brought Jemison’s story to life in first-person narration. Dressed in replica Seneca clothing is commonly worn in the late 1700s, Scherman portrayed Jemison as she presented one of the best-known Indigenous captive stories of the French and Indian War period. Her narrative created a historical and cultural perspective of the Senecas during a time period that included both the French and Indian and Revolutionary

Prospect Elementary Library Dedicated to the Late Cindy Mohr

Last week the Salamanca City Central School District educators, former students and members of the community gathered at Prospect Elementary School to celebrate the dedication of the newly renovated library in honor of the late Cindy Mohr, Seneca, Heron. A 35 year veteran educator, Cindy was a beloved member of the greater Salamanca community and touched the lives of nearly every child who came through her door.

Cynthia Mohr 5k Run/Walk

On June 12th, over 100 participants gathered to celebrate the late Cynthia "Cindy" Mohr's 5K walk/run in commemoration of her birthday on June 6th. Family, former students and community members started the race at the Veteran's Memorial Park in Salamanca, NY. Mrs. Mohr dedicated her career to the Salamanca City Central School District for more than 30 years, inspiring many students along the way. The Class of 2023 sponsored the event in effort to keep Mrs. Mohr's memory and legacy alive as many were former students and felt the deep impact of her loss. Proceeds benefit the Cynthia J. Mohr Scholarship, funds will

Congratulations to Emma Gene!

Class of 2022 Submitted by Eagle John We are so very proud of how well you succeeded & all the educational & personal accomplishments you have achieved! We hope that you always believe in yourself as much as we believe in you, No matter what happens in life, we will always be here to love & support you. Enjoy the journey that is called life, to the fullest. Live, love & Laugh. Be grateful for what you have and always inspire to reach for the stars. Be kind. Be compassionate. Just be YOU! And know that we will always love you! Happy Graduation “Bestie”Your

Ja:goh Kari Karsten

Submitted by Karen Karsten Kari Karsten, daughter of Karen Karsten and Kevin Gates, has graduated with her Masters in Museology (Museum Studies) from the University of Washington. She previously graduated from Syracuse University with her B.S. in Communications and Rhetorical Studies. She focused her studies on Indigenous curatorial practices and equity work. She is currently working as the emerging museum professional curatorial intern at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and as the program assistant for the Bill Holm Center for Northwest Native Studies. Previously, she has worked at various institutions such as the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, ArtRage Gallery, and the Albright Knox.

Sincere Becker Earns Seal of Civic Readiness

June 14, 2022 | silvercreekschools.org Sincere Becker, daughter of Marshall Becker (Cattaraugus Territory, Seneca, Snipe clan), granddaughter of Cindy & Dennis Becker, earned the Seal of Civic Readiness in Silver Creek Central with five other seniors. This initiative of the New York State Education Department acknowledges student achievement in Social Studies courses and civic engagement such as volunteering, work-based experiences, advocating for policy change, and coordinating service projects to better the community and world we live in. The district is pleased to spotlight Sincere, Class of 2022 for her community-building efforts: Sincere Becker: Sincere did extensive research on the history of Columbus Day from

Call for Indigenous Food & Arts Vendors

2022 Indigenous Music & Arts Festival The Indigenous Music & Arts Festival is back! Ganondagan State Historic Site will be sending out vendor applications upon request to interested vendors. If you are interested in vending, please sign up to receive an application at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc55JbdXVzmesTlv8Y1vkOG1MNFK8hgTqqgzOsFAHNaHSIBrg/viewform Vending space is a 14'x14' booth with a fee of $175 for early registration/$200 for regular registration.

News From The Four Corners United Methodist Church

Rte. 438 and Versailles Plank Road, Cattaraugus Territory Submitted by Marilyn Anderson June is the end of the school year, and some students are looking forward to the break from school and others are looking forward to graduation from high school. Our prayers are with all the students for a safe and happy summer and for the graduates our prayers are for a successful future. Congratulations go out to all the students and parents for completing the school year. June is also a time to celebrate fathers. Our community needs strong male role models to build strong loving families. We all have one