News From The Clerk’s Office

Please Continue to stay Safe & Healthy!
The Clerk’s Office continues to monitor the current pandemic & practice safety measures that protect the Clerk’s Office staff and Community as a whole, please watch for changes. Nya:wëh

The Clerk’s Office on the Cattaraugus Territory has re-opened our doors with safety protocols in place. If you have not been 100% vaccinated, you must wear a mask and social distance.

The Clerk’s Office on the Allegany Territory will be opening soon, we will remain open with a walk-up window for limited services. Our hours are Monday through Friday; 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

We encourage members to bring their own pen if needed, as a safety precaution. Please have your SNI Enrollment # ready when you are visiting or calling the Clerk’s Office.

We are happy to announce the Allegany & Cattaraugus Clerk’s Office are now accepting Credit/Debit Card as a form of payment for Id’s, utility bills, business & fishing licenses, etc.


William Seneca Building – Cattaraugus Territory – (716) 532-4900 ext. 5000
Cattaraugus Clerk’s Office Staff

Marta Kettle – Clerk
Geraldine Huff, Executive Assistant (Notary Public)
Kelly Mohawk, Deeds Recorder
Leslie Cooke, Executive Secretary (Notary Public)
Tammi Stafford, Administrative Assistant (Notary Public)
Ashley Warrior, Administrative Assistant
Lori Waterman, Administrative Assistant / Receptionist
Dana Maybee, Business Permit Officer

Seneca Allegany Administration Building – Allegany Territory – (716) 945-1790 ext. 3000
Allegany Clerk’s Office Staff

Bethany Johnson, Deputy Clerk (Notary Public)
Charisse Ground, Executive Secretary
Sue Case, Enrollment Officer
Leslie R. John, Enrollment Assistant
Kathleen “Yomie” Hill, Administrative Assistant
Lexus McClune, Administrative Assistant
Olivia Sanford, Receptionist

The Buffalo Office Staff & Location – (716) 845-6304 or (716) 951-7555
Buffalo Office works in Conjunction with the Clerk’s Office

Ramona Marion – Director
Stephanie Maybee – Administrative Assistant
Judson Logan – Tutor

533 Amherst Street
Buffalo, NY 14207
Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm

Please get your Annual In Person Registration completed before December 31, 2021, if you are unsure of your current registration status please feel free to give the Clerk’s Office a call and ask.

Completed forms can be mailed along with a copy of your photo identification as proof of identify if you are unable to obtain a notary to: Seneca Nation of Indians, 90 Ohi:yo’ Way, Salamanca NY 14779.
All forms are available online at under Clerk’s Office documents.
Please remember to keep your address current with the Clerk’s Office. This includes changes with custody of minor children or legal guardians (Court orders).

A Burial fund has been designated to pay for funeral expenses up to $7,000 for enrolled members. For additional details, please contact the Clerk’s Office during regular business hours.

If you would like to sign up for Direct Deposit of your Annuity and/or Elders Check, you will have to complete the form. The form is available on the web at under Documents/Clerk’s Office / Direct Deposit forms or at the Clerk’s Office.

• All direct deposit forms MUST have attached a voided check or deposit slip (start-up checks will NOT be accepted).
• Members must be at least 18 years old to sign up for Direct Deposit
• Minors are NOT eligible for Direct Deposit

If you receive direct deposit, it is your responsibility to keep your address updated with the Clerk’s Office.

In order to begin receiving Minor Trust Fund disbursements. A member must be at least 18 years old and submit the following documentation:
• Application for Release of Minors Trust
• High School Diploma / GED
• Financial Literacy Certificate (

If you need to obtain a Financial Literacy Certificate please contact the Seneca Nation Education Department for details. Contact Info: Allegany Territory – Seneca Nation Education Department (716) 945-1790,; Cattaraugus Territory – Seneca Nation Education Department (716) 532-3341,

The Seneca Nation Clerks Office is seeking Individuals interested in Invocating/Opening with Gano:nyok for Council each month. Anyone interested for Allegany may contact Charisse Ground at, 716-945-1790 ext. 3036 and for Cattaraugus you may contact Leslie Cooke at, 716-532-4900, ext. 5038.

The Seneca Nation Clerk’s Office is seeking Non-Profit Organizations to serve refreshments and or dinner during Council each month. Any Organization interested for Allegany may contact Charisse Ground at, 716-945-1790 ext. 3036 and for Cattaraugus you may contact Leslie Cooke at, 716-532-4900, ext. 5038 to request a form. Forms are also available at the Clerk’s Office. Any questions or can be directed to Charisse Ground or Leslie Cooke.

We would like to say Nya:wëh for your patience and understanding during this time and please watch for updates as this may change unexpectedly. Any changes will be posted online.

NOTICE: Seneca Nation General Financial Assistance Program

The purpose of the Seneca Nation Financial Assistance Program is to provide a one-time payment of $1,500 in economic assistance to enrolled Senecas of the Seneca Nation who have experienced economic harm caused or made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding of this program is made available by the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”) legislation and is non-taxable as a General Welfare assistance program . Consistent with the ARP’s Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund requirements, this program is intended to respond to and address such economic harm by providing financial assistance to Nation members to cover necessary expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

If you or your family have experienced economic harm that was caused by or made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, please fill out and submit this application. Consistent with Treasury’s guidance, the Nation may provide this economic assistance payment only to cover COVID-19 related costs incurred on or after March 1, 2020.

All enrolled Senecas 18 years or over must fill out their own applications. Please see the next page regarding enrolled minor children. You may only submit one application per enrolled member for this General Financial Assistance Program. Enrolled Senecas must also have completed their regular registration requirements with the Clerk’s Office in accordance with other Seneca Nation direct benefit programs.

Submission and Payment Dates:
• If your application is received by August 2, 2021 and you are registered with the Clerk’s office in accordance with established deadlines, a payment dated August 25, 2021 will be processed.
• If your application is received between August 3, 2021 and August 31, 2021 and you are registered with the Clerk’s Office in accordance with established deadlines, a payment dated September 29, 2021 will be processed.
• If your application is received after August 31, 2021 or you are not registered with the Clerk’s office in accordance with established deadlines or no application is received, NO PAYMENT WILL BE PROCESSED.

Please note that there is only one payment of $1,000 to enrolled Senecas either in August OR September (not both months) depending on when your application is received per the dates above. Again, applications received after August 31, 2021 will not be processed for payment under this program.


NOTICE: To Approve Resuming Enrollment Appearance Requirement

At the Regular Session of Council held on July 10, 2021 Council approved a Resolution to Approve Resuming Enrollment Appearance Requirement that was waived due to COVID-19.

WHEREAS, the Seneca Nation Council temporarily waived the in person enrollment appearance requirement of the Nation’s Enrollment Ordinance, as amended on March 12, 2016, in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the President’s State of Emergency; and

WHEREAS, the rate of infection of Coronavirus among the Seneca people has been reduced to a point that it is now relatively safe to resume in person enrollment; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that, should the infection rate continue to remain stable or decline, the Nation Council hereby reinstates the in-person enrollment requirement effective October 1, 2021.

Welcome our recent enrollments to the Seneca Nation!

Eighteen (18) Additions To The Seneca Nation Roll – August 14, 2021 Regular Session Of Council

  1. Kiowa Deerfoot Bennett – Wolf
  2. Tyra Julisa Rose General – Bear
  3. Weston Cole Haugh – Snipe
  4. Jocelyn McKenzie Johnson – Hawk
  5. Sasha Rodan Kettle – Snipe
  6. Osirus Ray Knoxsah – Hawk
  7. Bellamy Suzi Lewis – Turtle
  8. Destin Wayne Montour – Turtle
  9. Legacy Avelina Moses – Turtle
  10. Gary William Chandler Nephew – Turtle
  11. Luke James Peterson – Turtle
  12. Leta Ailyn Regis – Hawk
  13. Xiezz Samual Siuxtas Russell – Turtle
  14. Olivia Mae Sandy – Bear
  15. Esequiel Isaiah Simental – Turtle
  16. Kaiden Royce Swamp – Bear
  17. Denim Machai Thomas – Turtle
  18. Mi’Chanel Denise Wiliams – Turtle

Due to Covid-19, the in person requirement for enrollment has been temporarily suspended, therefore we are asking parents who recently have or will be having their child(ren) enrolled and wishes to have their child(s) pictures included in future editions of the SN Newsletter, please email a picture to: or

On behalf of the Seneca Nation we send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends that have lost their loved ones.

Seven (7) Deletions To The Seneca Nation Roll – August 14, 2021 Regular Session Of Council

  1. Melissa Ann Bach – Deer
  2. Rachel M Ground – Turtle
  3. Briley Sophia Jackson – Turtle
  4. Kenneth Lay – Turtle
  5. Lyle Lyons – Wolf
  6. Alton W Schindler – Turtle
  7. Audrey Lou Suosmaa – Snipe

30-Day Public Comment

Seneca Nation of Indians Underground & Above-Ground Storage Tank Act

Please be advised that the following business located within the Seneca Nation Territories, more particularly on the Cattaraugus Territory, has submitted an application to install/operate an Above/Under Ground Storage Tank for the purpose of petroleum products. This notice will allow for a 30-day public comment period in accordance with the Above/Under Ground Storage Tank Ordinance, enacted by Seneca Nation Council on September 22, 1997.

Jonielle Williams | ADLAI’S
12689 Rte. 438
Irving, NY 14081
Cattaraugus Territory | Community: Bucktown

All comments must be submitted in writing to the Clerk of the Nation at the following address:
Seneca Nation of Indians,
Marta L. Kettle, Clerk
12837 Rte 438
Irving, NY 14081

Begin – July 30, 2021 | End – August 29, 2021

Public Notices

The Seneca Nation is currently accepting letters of intent for those interested in serving on the following:



If interested, please submit letters of intent to:

Seneca Nation of Indians Clerk’s Office
Attention: Marta L. Kettle, Clerk
12837 Rte. 438
Irving, NY 14081