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A message from President Matthew B. Pagels

Nya:wëh sgë:nö’ gagwe:göh, There is a crispness in the air as we move into Fall. It’s time for sweatshirts, football and apple cider. The leaves should be reaching their peak of color, reminding us how fortunate we are to experience all of the seasons. As the weather gets cooler we will be gathering in doors […]



Submitted by Adrian Stevens The Jr. B Warchiefs defeat the visiting Team USA U17 16-14 in Box Lacrosse action at the Gil Lay Arena on Saturday, September 25th. The game was played in front of approximately 220 lacrosse starved fans ready to watch Jr Lacrosse action for the first time in 2 years and they […]


Ja:goh Seneca Marksmen, IBLA National Champions!

The Seneca Marksmen won the 2021 IBLA National Championship last month following an undefeated season. The team gathered in Lakeland, Florida for the championship game against the Grizzlies. Ja:goh Marksmen! Post from IBLA twitter: A perfect undefeated season. A deserving National Champion. Congratulations to the Seneca Marksmen on being the 2021 IBLA National Champions. The […]

“OUT of the DARKNESS” Walk

Helping to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Seneca Media On Saturday, September 25, 2021, Native Connections held an "OUT of the DARKNESS" walk to help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Jackie John was a guest speaker to relay her experience and share her healing process on the suicide of her son, Matthew Aaron John who died 12/20/2000, almost 21 years ago. There was also a large support presence in remembrance of Stacey James Williams. Registration number for this event was 100 participants. How to Practice Mindfulness:

‘Water is Life’ mural by Seneca artist installed on the Genesee

G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan) recently unveiled a mural overlooking the Genesee River in downtown Rochester. Titled "Water is Life," the piece depicts the Haudenosaunee Creation Story and overlooks the Genesee River rochestercitynewspaper.com | September 29, 2021 Photo: Artist Peter Jemison stands in front of his "Water is Life" mural, which was installed on the Floreano Convention Center facing the Genesee River. - Photo credit: Rebecca Rafferty In the Haudenosaunee creation story, Sky Woman, the daughter of the Great Spirit, descends from the heavens toward a watery world whose animals, fearing for her safety, dredge mud from the bottom of the sea

Ja:goh John Waterman, Jr.,

Newest Gowanda Central School Board of Education Member Repost from GCSD Facebook page Let's give a warm welcome to JOHN Y. WATERMAN JR., the newest member of the Board of Education of Gowanda Central School District. Mr. Waterman, who is a 1992 graduate of GCS, was sworn in Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at the start of the regular meeting by district clerk Kathy Ferneza. He resides in Perrysburg with his wife, Beth, and their six children, some of whom attend GCS. He is a volunteer for Seneca Fire on the Cattaraugus Territory. We're grateful for Mr. Waterman's volunteerism and are thrilled to have him

Ja:goh Cashis Montour!

Gowanda Middle School Elects Student Leaders Repost from GCSD Facebook page Congratulations to the following Panthers on being named Student Council officers at Gowanda Middle School for the 2021-2022 academic year: • CASHIS MONTOUR is PRESIDENT• ALAYNA FISH is VICE PRESIDENT• ISABELLE GRAHAM is TREASURER• BELLA MAINES is SECRETARY Way to go!

Opening Night of Ga’nigöi:yoh: G. Peter Jemison, a retrospective

at K Art - October 22nd https://www.thek.art/g-peter-jemison The illustrious career of G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan) spans decades across a wide swath of diverse accomplishments with an immeasurable worldwide impact. Jemison has explored various topics through his art, from creating political works that portray contemporary social commentary to those that reflect his relationship with the natural world. Join Us - October 22nd for the opening night of Ga’nigöi:yoh: G. Peter Jemison, a retrospective surveying his triumphs and tragedies from 1964 to the present day, all portrayed through paintings, parasols, and paper bags. The event is open to the public at the K

West Seneca Historical Society unveils marker commemorating the legend of Kau-Qua-Tau

wivb.com | September 26, 2021 WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — West Seneca’s Historical Society is honoring a legendary figure in the town’s history. Officials unveiled a marker in honor of Kau-Qua-Tau. The Seneca medicine woman was executed for witchcraft in the 1820s. The marker is placed at lower Lower Ebenezer Cemetery where it’s believed Kau-Qua-Tau is buried and where her spirit still remains.“The role of the Seneca Nation in our town’s history is vital. They were the first inhabitants here. And this is a story that has some local attractions. But we want to get the story out more of this woman, a

Annual Fire Prevention Week

2021 Campaign: Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety Photos by Seneca Media | Campaign info: nfpa.org In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, October 3-9, 2021; Seneca Fire Cattaraugus Territory held a fire drill with ECLC. The children were able to meet "Sparky" and have a fire apparatus tour. Remember to change your smoke alarm batteries, test your detectors and plan an escape route with at least 2 practice runs throughout a year. 2021 Fire Prevention Week Campaign This year’s FPW campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what

LeRoy Family Reunion Update

Submitted by Julie Snow The LeRoy family reunion has been CANCELED due to COVID on the rise and with all children back in school, and because not everyone has been vaccinated. We don't want to risk the spread within the family. However, we will start working on next year's reunion! Stay safe and see you next year!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Indigenous Pink ---- Breast Health The Seneca Nation Health System has put together some very important information about breast health that appeared in their recent Community Health Newsletter. See below for info: Click to enlarge

New York Connects Update

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 three 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

Hodinöhsö:ni’ Juried Art Show

Applications Due Wed., October 20th, 2021 Ganondagan is now accepting submissions for our fifth Hodinöhsö:ni’ Juried Art Show which will be on exhibit Saturday, November 20th, 2021. We are calling for Haudenosaunee artists in the six divisions of: Beadwork, Basketry, Traditional Arts, Fine Art 2D, Fine Art Sculpture, and Photography to enter up to three pieces of new work for consideration in the show. (First Place - $1,250; Second Place - $750; Third Place - $400; Best in Show - $2,500). Each artist may submit up to three pieces of their own work for the show. For rules and application please

Crouse voted in to the SCCSD Board of Education

By Tami Watt, Editor Above: Jessica Crouse sworn in as newest Salamanca City Central School District Board Member On Tuesday September 14th, the Salamanca City Central School District’s (SCCSD) Board of Education (BOE) unanimously voted in Jessica Crouse to the vacant seat of Dr. Meghan McCune. Ms. Crouse will serve the vacant seat until re-elections in May 2022. Crouse joining the BOE marks the first time two Seneca members have been elected to the board simultaneously, a milestone for the Seneca community and students. In the past, Maxine Dollar served 5 years from 1999-2004 and Candace Miller served from 2004-2009. Kerry John was recently
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