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A message from President Rickey L. Armstrong, Sr.

Greetings, I hope you remembered to wear some green and you didn’t get pinched too many times! Well, we are halfway through March and the first day of spring is right around the corner. Although I heard about some wild onions during that warm spell and our maple sap is flowing, I haven’t seen any […]


Lake Shore Lacrosse Recognized at Bandits Game

February 18, 2023 | Bandits Youth Lacrosse | bandits.com The Buffalo Bandits are highlighting youth lacrosse initiatives over the course of the 2022-23 regular season. High school teams and other youth lacrosse programs will be recognized during select home games this year. The Bandits showed their appreciation for youth teams in the area before their […]


CCAA All-Stars for the 2022-23 Season

Salamanca Boys Basketball | March 11, 2023 Salamanca Warrior Athletics @SCCSDWarriorAthletics Junior Lucus Brown was selected by league coaches as player of the year. Lucus averaged 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists per game during the entire season, and led the league in scoring at 25.6 points per game during league play. […]

Art Alive 2023 Entry Info.

Buffalo AKG Art Museum Our friends at the Albright-Knox are celebrating a beloved annual tradition once again, Art Alive! Anyone can participate, including schools, community groups, and more. Follow the link for more information and to submit the entry form. Can't wait to see what you create! Visit: https://buffaloakg.org/artalive In the annual Art Alive contest, participants create living representations of famous works of art for more than $1,000 in cash prizes. Participants build their stunning replicas, or tableaux, using people, props, music, and more. This year, submissions and awards will take place online. Pictured above: Students from Gowanda High School re-create Carson Waterman’s Three

Nya:wëh from the Seneca Diabetes Foundation

The Seneca Diabetes Foundation (SDF) and the many people we serve would like to thank the many friends, sponsors and supporters who joined us for our 17th Chairman’s Ball on February 18th. It was an evening filled with friendship, hospitality, incredible entertainment, and, above all else, a spirit of community. Your outpouring of generosity supports the important work of someday finding a cure for diabetes. Since our founding in 2005, countless supporters have stood together with SDF, pledging to support our important mission to help the Senecas, a nation of people ravaged by a terrible disease. Together, we have raised funds

Renita DiStefano Featured Panelist at 3rd Annual Tribal Cybersecurity Summit

TribalHub hosted the 3rd Annual Tribal Cybersecurity Summit on Thursday, March 9, 2023. This important all-day event was held virtually for a nationwide audience. The summit agenda was specifically tailored to leadership executives and technology professionals working in tribal gaming, tribal government or tribal health facilities as they face unique cybersecurity challenges and seek ways to improve their security posture. Attendees of the event had the opportunity to attend a variety of sessions throughout the day as well as attend a virtual tradeshow featuring event sponsors who are experienced and dedicated to working with tribal entities in the area of

Lessons of the Past: Kari Karsten on Curating SAM’s American Art Galleries

February 24, 2023 | By Lily Hansen | samblog.seattleartmuseum.org Artworks of the past never cease to offer new lessons, insights, and interpretations. In a video created as part of the two-year re-installation of SAM’s American art galleries, SAM Emerging Museum Professional of American Art and member of the Seneca Nation, Kari Karsten, discusses her research into Spokane-born artist Kenneth Callahan’s The Accident, and the enduring questions artworks such as these can raise, even over 75 years after their creation. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/-WBzl0rz7oc Read more about Kari’s contributions to SAM while serving as an Emerging Arts Leader Intern in this reflection (https://samblog.seattleartmuseum.org/2022/07/indigenous-matrix-kari-karsten/)

Ja:göh Camden Farmer

Nominated for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence Ja:göh Camden Farmer (Seneca, Allegany Territory, Hawk clan) on receiving this nomination for the second time! Camden received his first nomination from Yale University. This nomination came from Mario Capecchi, Science Director, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is a verified honors-only program for high school students who are dedicated to the service of humanity through medicine, either as physicians or in scientific research. The purpose of the Congress is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in our country

State Education Department Proposes Indigenous Culture and Language Studies Certification for Teachers

February 13, 2023 | nysed.gov Certification Would Support Preservation of Indigenous Cultures and Languages60-Day Public Comment Period Through May 1st The New York State Education Department proposed the creation of the Indigenous Culture and Language Studies (All Grades) certificate for teachers, Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced. If established, the new certification area would increase the capacity and number of teachers who can teach Indigenous cultures and languages while increasing the awareness, knowledge, and appreciation for Indigenous peoples. The Department will accept public comments on the proposal through May 1st and is conducting ongoing consultation with Indigenous Nations regarding these proposed regulations. Following the

Kathryn Hopkins Featured in US Veterans Art Exhibit and Gala in New Braunfels, TX

Presented by New Century Art Guild, Inc. https://newcenturyartguild.org The evening of March 10, 2023, New Century Art Guild, Inc. held an all-Veteran Art Gala, US Veterans Art Gala that displayed veteran art in a variety of forms - music, poetry, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, literature, and woodwork. All proceeds from the event directly benefited veteran artists breaking into careers in the arts by providing scholarships for training in art and business education. Art is a therapeutic outlet for many of our service members dealing with PTSD, and a wonderful tool that stimulates a sense of accomplishment, pride, and purpose. Local wounded veteran artist, Mario

WAMPUM/OTGOÄ Exhibition at Ganondagan

Ganondagan welcomes these important Wampum objects back to Turtle Island for the first time since the formation of the United States ganondagan.org Victor, NY— From March 25th - September 16th, 2023, the Seneca Art & Culture Center will showcase the WAMPUM/OTGOÄ exhibition featuring important Indigenous wampum objects from the musée du quai Branly, wampum belts from the Rochester Museum and Science Center and contemporary Wampum works by featured Haudenosaunee artists. The objects from France come from a time prior to the formation of the United States and represent a complicated legacy of diplomacy between Indigenous nations and the colonial French. This unprecedented collaboration between

Native American “Hashtags” Exhibition Opens at SUNY JCC Center Gallery

March 9, 2023 | sunyjcc.edu OLEAN, N.Y. – An art exhibition showcasing current Native American hashtags is set to be on display through May 24th at SUNY Jamestown Community College’s Cattaraugus County Campus Center Gallery. Kaycee Colburn Created by Kaycee Colburn, JCC artist in residence through Creatives Rebuild New York, the exhibition is meant to invoke thoughts and emotions and spark a conversation about Indigenous issues that have received little media coverage today and historically. The artwork is Colburn’s way of bringing them to light in a modern way. The images are not intended to make friends, bring happy thoughts, or be

Acquisition: “Sentinels (Large Yellow)” by G. Peter Jemison

March 6, 2023 | nga.gov The National Gallery of Art has acquired its first work by G. Peter Jemison (Seneca Nation of Indians, Heron Clan, b. 1945), a deeply respected and influential Native American artist. Sentinels (Large Yellow) (2006) reflects the relationship of Native Americans to the land and the continuing stewardship of the Creator’s gifts. By visualizing land-based knowledge systems, Jemison’s art celebrates the multifaceted culture, beliefs, and history of the Haudenosaunee, or Six Nations, that comprise the Iroquois Confederacy. Jemison’s overall practice embodies Orenda, a traditional Haudenosaunee belief that every living thing and every part of creation contains

JaKobe Howard Inducted Into Junior Honor Society

Ja:göh JaKobe Howard, an 8th Grader at Pine Valley Central School, was inducted into the Junior Honor Society. He is the son of Joshua (Seneca, Turtle Clan), Victoria Howard, and the Grandson of Leslie Fancher Howard (Seneca, Turtle clan). Since 1929, the National Junior Honor Society has recognized the highest-achieving students in grades 6-9. Modeled after its well-known companion program, the National Honor Society, NJHS provides a solid foundation for ambitious middle-level students as they prepare for their high school and higher education pursuits. JaKobe Howard pictured above with his family. Congrats!

Hu­man­ities Grant Awarded to Help Bolster Seneca Nation and St. Bonaventure Relations

March 6, 2023 | By Mark Goshgarian | spectrumlocalnews.com Jillian Rea is a freshman at St. Bonaventure University studying marketing with a minor in Native American and Indigenous studies. She's also from Salamanca and a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians. What You Need To KnowThe federal government awarded St. Bonaventure University a large humanities grant to help bolster the relationship with the Seneca Nation of Indians. The university will now require all incoming freshman to learn about Indigenous communities. Bonaventure is about 20 miles from the Seneca's Allegany Territory "It's a big part of my identity,” Rea said. “I'm Native