Our Nation’s News

Tribes’ Motion For Leave to Intervene and Protest


The Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. of Oklahoma (“ITC”) and some of its member tribes, including the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, the Wyandotte Nation, the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, the Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, the Shawnee Tribe, and the Seneca-Cayuga Nation, filed a Motion for Leave ot Intervene and Protest on July 22, 2016 in FERC Docket 1494-433 opposing the Grand River Dam Authority’s Application for Non-Capacity Related Amendment of License, Including Possible Temporary Variance for 2016, filed May 6, 2016. The Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma and the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma did not join in that motion.

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Calvin Cassady attends Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration at UCO


       On Wednesday, Oct. 5th, in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, UCO welcomed leaders of Oklahoma’s Native American Nations to campus for “A Gathering of Nations,” a ceremony and banquet honoring Native Americans’ wide-ranging achievements and valuable contributions to Oklahoma’s civic, cultural and economic vitality. UCO President Don Betz highlights the importance of … Continued

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A Letter From The Chief, August 23, 2016


Dear Tribal Members:

This year the Nation has been involved in court cases that have delayed the 2016 election of the Business Committee and Grievance Committee offices. The Business Committee is working to conclude these matters so that an election may move forward at the earliest possible date. Your right to vote in Tribal elections by mail-in or absentee ballot has been called into question before the Court of Indian Offenses (CFR Court).

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Seneca-Cayuga Election Postponed


GROVE, Okla. — A Bureau of Indian Affairs court is delaying an already rescheduled Seneca-Cayuga election.

On Wednesday, Magistrate Tom Walker ruled to postpone a reconvened General Council meeting of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation.

In June, Walker had ordered the tribe to reconvene its General Council meeting on or near July 23 with an independent monitor to oversee its election.

According to the court minute from the hearing, the decision stems in part from a temporary restraining order regarding a candidate challenge issued in May that has not been vacated.

LeRoy Howard, the former chief of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation, filed paperwork to run for another term. His eligibility for office was challenged, prompting litigation in the Miami Agency’s Court of Indian Offenses. That litigation also prompted the Seneca-Cayuga Business Committee to announce in April that the tribe’s regularly scheduled election on June 4 would be postponed.

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Minute Order


Court entertains argument in favor of and in opposition to Motion to Stay Pending Appeal.
Counsel inform that the TRO issued in CIV-16-M03 has not been vacated.
Court takes decision on motion under advisement.
Election ordered at conclusion of the trial postponed.

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Motion for Stay Pending Appeal and Brief in Support


COME NOW, the Plaintiffs/Appellants and request this Court to stay that portion of its order of requiring the Seneca-Cayuga Nation (the “Nation”) to hold an election on July 23, 2016, with only in-person voting and appointing at the expense of the Nation a Special Master to judicially oversee the election.

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Summer Youth “NYA-WEH” Project Update


Our Summer Youth Project workers have been working hard to beautify our cemetery. We have been using a biological, eco-friendly solution to remove years of lichen and dirt build up.
We have also leveled, realigned, and repaired the loose and broken stones. During this ongoing process I have tried to use opportunity to educate our youth on whose stones they are working on.
It was important to me to make this fun and an educational work environment giving little bits of history about who we come from and how they shaped our grounds and preserved our way of life.

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Youth Fellowship Fund Application- School Clothing/Coat Application


We are pleased to announce the availability of the Youth Fellowship Fund, for the purchase of school clothing and coats, for the 2016-2017 school year. Please complete the application and submit to the address on the form, “Attention: Welfare Committee”.

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Seneca-Cayuga Nation Ordered To Conduct Another Council Election


The Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma is dealing with an internal leadership dispute, The Tulsa World reports.

The tribe was scheduled to hold an election during a general council meeting on June 4. But Chief William Fisher called off the meeting because he said “disruptors” were creating an “increasingly hostile” environment.

“Chief Fisher was forced to adjourn the meeting when the disruptors refused to come to order as requested, thereby making business impossible to conduct,” a letter signed by the business committee reads.

The judge also invalidated an attempt to disenroll Fisher and other tribal leaders, the paper said. The new election is to be held on or near July 23.

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Grove Public Schools Thank Nation For $40,000 Grant


Grove Public Schools would like to say “thank you” one more time for the Seneca-Cayuga grant that was awarded to us for the 2015-2016 school year. Our students gained tremendously form the grant. We purchased paper for every student in the district, had an after school program at every site, we also purchased a few extra supplies. Our parents, staff, and students were excited about the program and we know that it was a definite benefit to our students.

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Update on Nation’s Current Affairs


Dear Tribal Members:

Many of you are aware of the unconstitutional attempt to remove the elected Business Committee from the Tribal Membership and from elected office that occurred after the adjournment of the Annual General Council meeting on June 4, 2016. Unfortunately, it was necessary to adjourn the meeting prior to presentation of the business reports to the General Council due to disruption of the meeting from the floor.

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Standing Business Committee


This letter is to inform you that the standing committee of the Nation is as follows:

William L. Fisher- Chief
Jerry Crow- 2nd Chief
Sarah S. Channing- Secretary-Treasurer
Sallie White- 1st Councilperson
Lisa Spano- 2nd Councilperson
Calvin Cassady- 3rd Councilperson
Geneva Fletcher- 4th Councilperson

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Pending Issues Update


Seneca-Cayuga Tribal Citizens:

The Business Committee is committed to clear communications with tribal citizens, and we promised to update you on key governmental issues at the last address to the Nation’s members. They are as follows:

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William Tarrant Attends Gravestone Preservation Workshop


“I’m a faith healer in our Longhouse and I have a lot to do with the funerals,” said William Tarrant, culture and historic preservation officer for Seneca-Cayuga Nation. “I kind of oversee our grounds and our cemeteries. We have a lot of old stones, some that are modern but broken, so I’ve come to this class.”

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Fire Department renews BPA Contracts with the BIA


The Seneca-Cayuga Nation Fire Department recently renewed their BPA Contracts with the BIA to fight fires on our Trust land.

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Seneca-Cayuga Nation Fire Department Prepares for Redistricting


“We’re here, we’re closer, we are staffed, which gives us better coverage, quicker response times,” said Chris Arnold, Seneca-Cayuga Nation Public Safety Director.  Firefighters say the redistricting will drop the departments ISO rating from a 10 to a 5, which means lower insurance rates for homeowners. Officials say they’ve seen examples of residents insurance rates … Continued

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Seneca-Cayuga Nation Donates $40,000 to Turkey Ford School


The Seneca-Cayuga Nation donated $40,000 to Turkey Ford School. The funds are from the Nation’s CCDF program and will be used this year by the school to buy a new Bluebird school bus. The Nation is always supportive of local school districts and the educating of Native American youth.

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