Seneca Nation of New York

federally recognized Indian tribe of New York State

The Seneca Nation of Indians is a federally recognized Seneca tribe.[1] It is in western New York. The other Seneca tribes are the Tonawanda Band of Seneca (also in western New York) and the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma. The three reservations are Cattaraugus Reservation, Allegany Indian Reservation, and the unpopulated Oil Springs Reservation. The nation follows the government made in 1848 at the Constitutional Convention of Seneca. Offices include 16 Councilors, three Executives (President, Treasurer, Clerk), and Court justices (Surrogates and Peacemakers). There are elections every two years. There are several casinos in the area.[2]

Seneca Nation of Indians
CapitalIrving, New York
Jimerson Town, New York
Largest citySalamanca, New York
Official languagesSeneca (national)
English (national)
• Chief
Matthew Pagels
• Treasurer
Rickey Armstrong, Sr.
• Clerk
Marta Kettle
• 2010 estimate
Time zoneEST
Seneca Nation of New York official website


  1. Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1.
  2. "Seneca Nation of Indians - Official Website". SNI. Retrieved 2022-08-16.