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A Message from President Rickey L. Armstrong, Sr.

Greetings, Well, we made it to the end of May without any more snow! Let’s see what June brings us, besides mosquitoes. I’m hoping for many sunny days ahead, so I can do more yard work and work on my tan. Graduation parties will be in full swing soon and school will be out before […]


Honoring Indigenous People’s Night at Varsity Boys Lacrosse Game

Playing for a Purpose and our People May 15, 2023 | Photos courtesy of SCCSD The Salamanca boys Varsity Lacrosse team hosted Lake Shore/Silver Creek on Monday, May 15th at Veteran’s Memorial Park which was also Honoring Indigenous People’s Night, sponsored by the A.C.E. Program and the Allegany Indigenous Youth Council. The special evening included […]


Nate Kettle’s Remarkable Achievements ON & OFF the Lacrosse Field

Ja:göh! | Submitted by Leslie Kettle | Photo Credit: Gloria Cahill Nate Kettle, son of Carl and Leslie Kettle, Received the 2023 Russell Sage College Rookie of the Year award and earned a place on the Empire 8 Second Team All-Conference for lacrosse, while maintaining an excellent academic reputation pursuing his degree in Criminal Justice […]

Six Nations Agricultural Society Golf Fundraiser

To Benefit the Indian Village at the New York State Fair Our organization, the Six Nations Agricultural Society, is hosting its 5th Annual Golf fundraiser to benefit the New York State Fair Indian Village. Our event will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2023 at Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Club in Lewiston, NY. The Six Nations Agricultural Society was established in 1924 with the purpose of promoting agriculture throughout the territories of the Haudenosaunee bordering New York State. In 1928 the society began operating the Indian Village at the State Fair. Through Executive Order in 1932, President Roosevelt declared the Indian Village

Commencement speaker Deneen Hernandez to Buffalo State grads:

'Savor life's small and big moments' May 20, 2023 | By Deidre Williams | buffalonews.com David Simon, a native of New York City, is Cola Simon’s first child to graduate from college. When David was deciding what colleges and universities to attend, he researched SUNY Buffalo State University and liked what he saw, Cola said. When she dropped him off at Buffalo State four years ago, “It was a wonderful feeling,” she said. At Saturday’s graduation, Cola said she was “full of pride.” David, who will be returning home to work as a certified public accountant, was among approximately 1,300 undergraduate and 500 graduate students to

Congratulations to the Newly Elected School Board of Education Members:

Christian Reiller (Seneca, Allegany Territory, Hawk Clan)Salamanca City Central School District Board MemberTracy Pacini (Seneca, Allegany Territory, Turtle Clan)Salamanca City Central School District Board MemberMark D. Nephew (Seneca, Cattaraugus Territory, Turtle Clan)Gowanda Central School Board Member Christian Reiller Tracy Pacini Mark D. Nephew

K Art Gallery launches Kraft, a boutique shop curated with Indigenous-made goods

Opened on May 25th Kraft offers a curated selection of unique goods and artisanal pieces created by Indigenous artists. Kraft is 100% Indigenous-owned and is located on the traditional lands of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Their mission is to make authentic Indigenous items from around the world available to the public while supporting the artist creators. Their goal is to elevate the work of these creators and give their narratives the attention they deserve. The in-store shop is located on the second floor of K Art Gallery located at 808 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. The online experience is available at

Seneca-Iroquois National Museum Board of Trustees Hosts Annual Meeting

Submitted by Mary Jacobs On Saturday, May 13, 2023 the SINM Board of Trustees held their annual meeting at the Ganondagan State Historical site in Victor, New York. The museum currently has eleven members representing the Allegany and Cattaraugus territories. It was a full day of planning and review of the our nation museum and culture center. Plans were formed and goals were established for new projects to be completed in one year, three years, and five years. The board appreciates the staff, as they continue to be knowledge keepers of the Seneca traditions and culture. Special thanks go out to NYSCA (New York State Council

Haudenosaunee Art of The Now – Survive, Alive, Thrive Exhibit at Tri-County Arts Council

Ja:göh Samantha Jacobs, Lorinda John, Penelope S. Minner, Alicia Sanford, Antoinette Scott, Bernadette Scott, Kristina Tome, and Leeora White. On Saturday, May 13th, the opening reception of the current Tri-County Arts Council exhibit, Haudenosaunee Art of the Now - Survive, Alive, Thrive, featuring the works from the culminating show for Seneca-Iroquois National Museum's artist in residency program funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission's Area Development fund was a success. This group show celebrates the unique traditions and experiences of each Artist in Resident (AiR) at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum. From beadworking and basket making to sewing and painting, the pieces showcase

Congrats to our Syracuse University Graduates!

Submitted by Courtney John-Jemison Pictured above L to R: Adalia Plain, Olivia Porter, Jordan Goodwin. Congratulations to the following Seneca Nation members for graduating from Syracuse University 2023: Olivia Porter | Adalia Plain | Jordan Goodwin Nya:wëh to the Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship for giving them this opportunity. Syracuse University and Multicultural Affairs held their 20th annual Indigenous graduation reception on Saturday, May 6, 2023, and featured these class of 2023 undergraduates. Olivia graduated with a BA in Political Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude (3.600-3.799 GPA). Adalia graduated with a BS in Biology - Pre-Health Track, Magna Cum Laude (3.600-3.799 GPA). Jordan graduated with a BS in

Jacqueline Snyder of Gowanda Named to Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society

May 10, 2023 | hvcc.meritpages.com Hudson Valley Community College student Jacqueline Snyder (Seneca, Cattaraugus Territory, Turtle Clan) of Gowanda, was recently inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honor society for two-year institutions of higher learning. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is indicative of academic excellence. Those inducted are matriculated students who have met standards including a grade point average of 3.71 or higher. The college's Alpha Xi Sigma chapter recognizes and promotes scholarship, develops leadership, encourages service and cultivates fellowship among qualified students of the college. Snyder, who is studying in the Individual Studies academic program, is one of nearly 200

Black Ash Basket Making Classes Unite!

May 22, 2023 | SCCSD Salamanca City Central School District High school art teacher, Mrs. Lori MacArthur and Indigenous Studies Teacher, Mrs. Andrea Cooke united their classes this year to work together to share their basket making skills with the students. Indigenous Studies students made a berry picking quart size basket, while the Native American Crafts class selected any basket of their choice from a wide variety of pictures of many baskets collected and shared with us by Seneca Elder Sandy Dowdy. Each year students in Mrs. MacArthur’s class will have the opportunity to make a basket of their choice. Next year

SUNY Honorary Doctorate Awarded to Agnes Williams

UB alumna Agnes Williams, an internationally regarded advocate for Indigenous rights and environmental justice, was awarded a SUNY Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the University at Buffalo during the College of Arts and Sciences’ graduate ceremony held earlier this month. From assisting youth impacted by the Indian Relocation Act to helping organize the Longest Walk, Williams has remained a steadfast voice for Indigenous communities. A citizen of the Seneca Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Williams earned her BA, BSW and MSW from Syracuse University. From there, she directed the Urban Indian Child Resource Center in Oakland, California, becoming involved in issues

2023 School of Nursing Awards Recipient Audrey Koertvelyessy

nursing.buffalo.edu National Nurses Month 2023 May 1st kicked-off the annual National Nurses Month celebration of the most trusted profession. This National Nurses Month, we're celebrating nursing professionals for their excellence and contributions to nursing research, practice, leadership and education. All award recipients were honored at the School of Nursing's Annual May Celebration on May 25, 2023. Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Audrey Koertvelyessy, MS ’66, BS ’62, is the 2023 recipient of the University at Buffalo School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award. Koertvelyessy, who grew up on the Cattaraugus Reservation of the Seneca Nation of New York as a member of the Heron Clan, was exposed

Ja:göh Cecelia Young!

Cecelia Young, daughter of Les and Caroline Young, is a sophomore attending SUNY Fredonia, majoring in Earth Science and focusing on Geology next year. Cece has been known to collect rocks and shells since her childhood. Cece is a dedicated student and passionate about her studies; she has been on the Dean's List for the past three semesters. The Geoscience Department at the State University of New York at Fredonia awarded her with an excellence scholarship and award. Keep up the spectacular work Cece! Ja:göh!

Trash, hundreds of tires collected during cleanup

May 16, 2023 | timesobserver.com The Allegheny Reservoir Cleanup has been going on for 19 years and, unfortunately, organizers expect there to be plenty left to do for the 20th anniversary. “Over the past 19 years, we’ve chased the garbage north nearly to the mouth of the Allegheny River near Steamburg,” Organizer Nate Welker said. This year’s event was focused on the reservoir in an area surrounded by the Seneca Nation. “The garbage we picked up this year was largely historic and has floated into the reservoir from the river over the past 50-plus years,” Welker said. A total of 39 volunteers met at Highbanks

Collins Regional Historical Society Looking For More Information

Repost from Collins Regional Historical Society Facebook We located the following photos when we were looking through our Native American File. Unfortunately, there is not much information included with the photos, so if anyone can fill us in, please feel free to include the information you possess. The following are photos (apologies, but the photos were rather blurry and we could not sharpen them) of the Seneca Nation Court House, one of the courthouse (in the foreground), and the Methodist Church (in the background). Finally, there is a photo of the Interior of the Court House with Theodore Jameson presiding. Each of the photos

Seneca Language Conference at Ganödagë:n

Registration is open for the upcoming Seneca Language Conference next month, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 20-21, 2023. Featured presenters include: • Jamie Jacobs - The importance of ceremonial language learning.• Robbie Jimerson and Alex Jimerson - Effective Language Documentation.• Alyssa Schmidt - Seneca Language Media• Ja:no's Bowen & Kelsey Lay - Online teaching methods.• Wayne Abrams - Different learning styles.• Derise Watermen - Language journey and tips for everyday language usage.• Damian Webster - Second language aquisition and observations in Seneca language teaching.• Jacky Snyder - Picture method teaching.• Ja:no's Bowen - The need for language teacher training. Each of the presenters are

Springville Art Crawl

Creatives Rebuild New York Artists from the SINM and Sully Huff Heritage Center will be Featured Mark your calendars and get ready for another year of Art Crawl Saturday, June 3rd, 2023. The Downtown Springville Art Crawl is a free, all-ages, immersive, one-night art event. Juried artwork is hung in local businesses, transforming Main Street into a gallery. Art, live music, performances, installations, art demonstrations, kid’s activities, vendors, and more fill historic downtown Springville. Schedule of Events: THE COMMUNITY PARADE | 4:30pmART CRAWL | 5pm -8pmAFTER PARTY | 7:30pm-11pm | Come to the After-Party for music, refreshments, and even more art. Artists and artisans are

The Cynthia Mohr Memorial 5K Run/Walk

Proceeds benefit SHS Class of 2023 and establishing The Cynthia Mohr Scholarship Fund salamancany.org When: Sunday, June 11, 2023Where: Start and Finish at Veteran’s Memorial Park, Salamanca, NY 14779Time: Check in 9-9:45am with a 10am start timeCost: $30.00 ages 13 and up | $20.00 ages 12 and under Register online HERE. T-Shirts are available, please indicate that when checking out OR order online: https://jamestowncycleshop.chipply.com/cindymohr5krun/ Deadline to register and receive a race shirt is May 19, 2023. Chicken Barbecue: There will also be a Chicken Barbecue lunch available the day of the event at Vet's Park - $12 includes 2 sides and a bottle

Gary Farmer From ‘Rez Dogs’ Presenting at Silver Creek School

Save the Date: Motivational Speaker, Actor, Musician and Advocate Gary Farmer will be at the Silver Creek High School Auditorium on Thursday, May 25th, 2023. Food vendors will be available from 4:30-6:45pm. Gary will take the stage at 7pm. Don't miss out on this exciting event for students and parents! Bring the whole family, this event is open to everyone! Stop in and support your local vendors and get a chance to see Gary!