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A message from President Matthew B. Pagels

Gagwe:göh sgë:nö’,

I’m thankful you are well. As summer winds down many things will move indoors. We must stay persistent with our health and wellness protocols as the COVID-19, Delta variant is most likely within our communities. As I mentioned in a recent PSA our COVID cases continue to rise at an alarming rate. For those unvaccinated members, the Health Departments continue to offer vaccination clinics. The Nation has also initiated pop up bluestone COVID testing for individuals on both Territories.

We are working to keep our numbers low and our young members protected so they can remain at school on regular routines. We need to work together to stay safe. The Nation has proactively re-initiated our COVID protocols in all government buildings for employees, community members and visitors. We have also set personal protective equipment (PPE) distribution dates beginning this month.

Our priority is keeping our communities safe and healthy. Data supports vaccination as a way to curb the spread of the virus. If you would like more information about the vaccination or would like to set up an appointment please call Teri Cowles at Allegany Health at 945-5894 or Kim Bradley at Cattaraugus Health at 532-5582. You may also complete the online form at SenecaHealth.org/vaccine to schedule your appointment today.

More information will be forthcoming regarding the potential third dose or booster shot. It currently is recommended for individuals who are immune-compromised or have comorbidities. Contact your health center for a review of your medical records to see if you are eligible for the third dose.

Staying healthy is important as students have returned to school for face to face instruction. For the safety of those not able to get vaccinated doing our part so they remain healthy is most important. They are counting on us to keep them safe. We wish them a healthy and productive school year.

Lastly, the annual Fall Festival is scheduled for September 11th and 12th. It wasn’t anticipated to occur during the middle of an increase in COVID numbers on Territory. Please wear your masks when in close proximity to others, and use hand sanitizer frequently. We want to enjoy the Festival and remain safe and healthy. Come and support our local vendors and enjoy all of the activities. The schedule of events is available on the Nation website and we posted it below for your convenience.

As always, stay safe, stay strong.

Dah ne’hoh dih ae’.

Fall Festival Schedule of Events: