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A message from President Matthew B. Pagels

Nya:wëh sgë:nö gagwe:göh, We are beginning our fall time activities with children returning to school and our Fall Festival happening. This year’s parade theme “Year of the Athlete” featured our local minor sports teams and themed floats. What a great event each year for our community. Our community recently lost an influential leader with the […]


2022 IIJL World U16 Lacrosse Championship

International Indoor Junior Lacrosse https://mobile.twitter.com/WU16LC | dehontsigwaehs.com Group photo: Nanticoke Photography | Photos by Seneca Media Shout out and congratulations to the U16 Haudenosaunee boy’s team who took home the Gold at the 2022 IIJL World U16 Lacrosse Championships after defeating Canada 12-9 on Monday, September 5, 2022. The championship game was held at the […]


First EVER Lacrosse Night at the Ballpark!

Bisons X Bandits: The crossover we all needed July 22, 2022 | https://www.milb.com/buffalo/events/lacrosse What an awesome night we had for our first ever Lacrosse Night at the Ballpark with the Buffalo Bandits, presented by Roswell Park Cancer Institute. A crowd of 13,741 had Sahlen Field rockin’ as Banditland became Banditballpark! The Bisons defeated the Rochester […]

K Art makes ARTnews Top 10 Armory Booths

September 8, 2022 | artnews.com Dave Kimelberg, a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, made a splash in 2020, when he opened K Art, which is now among the few commercial galleries in the U.S. owned by an Indigenous person. In its debut at the Armory Show, the gallery demonstrated that it is definitely worth watching. Its offerings include pieces by Erin Gingrich (Koyukon Athabaskan, Inupiaq), whose handsome wall-hung sculptures are delicately strung through with strings of glass beads, and G. Peter Jemison (Seneca), a recent star of MoMA PS1’s Greater New York quinquennial. Native Nations Sovereign (2019),

Nya:wëh O’tgwanö:nyö’

I would like to thank all of our friends and family who helped myself, my children, my aunt and uncle get through one of the toughest times we’ve ever endured. August 15, 2022 we lost a great man, my father - Jeffrey H. Snyder. Many of you may know that I reached out to our community for love, kindness, and support prior to the pandemic - the kids and I wanted to bring him back to live with us as his failing health prevented him from being on his own. He was able to live out his final days peaceful,

Obituary: Marlene Johnson

April 19, 1936 - August 27, 2022 Submitted by VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home STEAMBURG - B. Marlene “JaGohNyah” Johnson, 86, of West Perimeter Rd., Steamburg, passed away at 11:30pm on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at the Absolut Care of Allegany. Marlene was born April 19, 1936 in Buffalo, the daughter of the late Georgianna Bennett. She was a 1954 graduate of Fredonia High School, received her Associates degree from Alfred State College in 1956, and her Bachelors in sociology and Masters in Counseling from St. Bonaventure University. She was an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, Wolf Clan. She retired from

Councillor Kennedy Visits Salamanca High School

There are always exciting things going on at the Salamanca City Central School District. Check out this special visit with Councilor Angie Kennedy, Salamanca's Chief Equity & Diversity Officer Justin Schapp, and STEAM and Adult Education Coordinator Aaron Straus. Dr. Kate Spilde from San Diego State University, traveled to learn about the high school’s STEM program and how the district engages students in STEAM subjects through programs like AISES club, Esports and the home-grown Project SAMI college certificate program. Dr. Kate Spilde is Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University and a leading authority on tribal economic development

Prospect Elementary Peanut Free Reminder

Salamanca City Central School District Due to several severe, life-threatening food allergies within the building, Prospect Elementary will now be peanut free. This includes the campus as a whole, including outside areas. If you pack your child’s lunch, breakfast, or send in snacks, please do not send any peanut containing food items, such as granola bars, trail mix, cookies, etc. Almond butter, sun butter, and cashew butter are safe alternatives. Anaphylaxis (severe allergy) occurs within minutes of being exposed to an allergen. Symptoms include: • Disseminated (all over) hives• Facial swelling: lips, eyes, tongue• Difficulty breathing• Feeling like throat is closing or getting

Salamanca Schools Adopt Land Acknowledgment Statement

September 1, 2022 | By Kellen M. Quigley | Olean Times Herald Photo: The Salamanca City Central School District main campus on Iroquois Drive. Photo: Courtesy of Olean Times Herald. SALAMANCA — The Salamanca City Central School District has taken another step to show its solidarity with the Seneca Nation and all Indigenous peoples by adopting a Land Acknowledgment Statement. Gabriele Papa, a member of the district’s Native American Curriculum team, spoke on the history of such statements, how Salamanca created theirs and the intended use for it. Land Acknowledgment Statements began in the 1970s in Canada at different educational institutions and organizations

News From The Four Corners United Methodist Church

Rte. 438 and Versailles Plank Road, Cattaraugus Territory | Submitted by Marilyn Anderson Fall is in the air!! We can give thanks for the memories of summer family gatherings and the fresh vegetables and fruits that we enjoyed. Now, harvest season is upon us and we prepare for winter. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 tells us: “There is s time for everythingAnd a season for every activity under heaven:A time to be born and a time to die,A time to plant and a time to uproot…” It seems that the isolation caused by COVID is subsiding and we are once again able to attend

Fishing Derby coming up in October!

Re-Post from CCC Facebook Page Come out on October 15th & 16th for Gowanda Volunteer Fire Company Trout Fishing Derby. Event Location: ​Cattaraugus Creek, Village Of Gowanda LimitsGateway Park (Palmer Street) to Aldrich Street Bridge( Treatment Plant Discharge Outlet)Derby Limit Signs Will Mark Boundaries Registration Fees: $20 Adult 16 and Over$10 Youth 15 and UnderFree 9 and Under​Register Online or By Mail - See Links BelowContact:​ Steve Raiport, Derby Chairman | 716-698-9947 | ​email: sraiport@gmail.com For a list of all cash prizes and for more information, visit their website HERE. Register at www.gowandafirerescue.com

11th Annual Cruisin’ for a Cure Car Show

Attention all Indigenous car clubs, motorcycle clubs or vendors!  If you would like to be part of this fun event please contact Richard Satterwhite at 716-845-1609. See flyer for details: Cruisin' for a Cure

Be Septic Safe for Lake Erie

Virtual Workshop Register at https://www4.erie.gov/septicsmart/workshops See flyer below for details:

Upcoming Meetings

Submitted by Marissa Haring The Center for Indigenous Cancer Services at Roswell Park will be offering community presentations to both Cattaraugus and Allegany territories to discuss the services offered through the Indigenous and Rural Patient Navigation Program. Patient Navigators will discuss cancer prevention and screening guideline as well as answering any questions that may arise. The meetings will be held on Tuesday, September 27th at Lionel R. John Health Center in the blue room from 4:30-5:30pm and Wednesday, September 28th at Cattaraugus Community Health and Wellness Center in room 126 from 4:30-5:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. These meetings are open to

NRAG Professional Development Series

Native Roots Artists Guild Stop down to the Sully on Thursday, September 8th, 2022 at 6pm and learn how to take better pictures, photograph your art, and learn tips and tricks from Professional Photographer & Designer Brad Jimerson. For more information, contact Bradley via email at Bradley.Jimerson@sni.org. Refer to flyer below for details: Professional Development Series with Bradley Jimerson