Winter months mean Snowsnake season. The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum has recently finished a four-part snowsnake making class taught by Mike Crouse. It is great to see us keeping our traditions alive and especially exciting to see the engagement of our male youth. The CCC is hosting its yearly Snowsnake Tournament the weekend of Feb 15-16. Allegany will be hosting the 2nd Annual Morrie Abrams Snowsnake Tournament on Feb 22-23. Unpredictable weather changes may affect these events, so stay tuned to WGWE, sninews.org, or Seneca Media’s Facebook page for the latest updates. I remain hopeful for favorable weather so our men and boys may enjoy this centuries-old tradition.
It was a sad occasion when I made the decision to close our Allegany cemeteries from dusk until dawn, and not one that I took lightly. There have been numerous complaints to my office that our cemeteries were becoming unsightly, much of it from litter left by visitors during the night as well as reports of illicit activities that were being conducted on those premises. I hold that our family member’s final resting places should be held in high regard as one of the upmost sacred places and should be cared for. Surely, if you need access to the cemeteries after closing, our office will make every accommodation to meet your needs.
I am pleased to report on February 4, 2020, the Nation was notified that Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Tara Sweeney had approved the acquisition of land located in the City of Buffalo into “restricted fee” pursuant to the Seneca Settlement Act of 1990. This allows the Seneca Nation to purchase property within our aboriginal territory, and to add the property to the Nation’s recognized territories. In effect, this acquisition increases the Nation’s Buffalo Creek Territory by an additional 1.08 acres. The Seneca Nation intends to utilize the property for the development of a Seneca One Stop tailored to the specifications of the Niagara Falls location. This will make the Seneca Nation’s 5th successful retail division.
In closing, I am hopeful that you are well. Take time to care for your children, elders, and yourselves during this unrelenting FLU season.
Rickey L. Armstrong, Sr.