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Native American Heritage

Western New York is home to nearly 1000 years of Seneca Indian history. The Seneca Nation of Indians is one of the original five nations of Upstate New York’s Iroquois Confederacy. Known as the “Keeper of the Western Door,” the Senecas controlled trade at the western edge of the confederacy, hunting, fishing and farming throughout the region. A visit to the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca, less than 90 minutes southeast of Buffalo, tells the stories of this important North American tribe.

One story speaks of Chief Red Jacket, a Seneca orator and one of the most prominent Native American leaders in U.S. history. He negotiated on behalf of his nation in the wake of the American Revolution, securing territory in New York state. In 1792, President George Washington presented Red Jacket with a peace medal, which can now be found on display in the John R. Oishei Native American Gallery at the Buffalo History Museum. Chief Red Jacket’s grave can be found at Buffalo’s historic Forest Lawn cemetery.

Today the Seneca Nation of Indians own and operate four casinos in New York, including the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino and the Seneca Niagara Casino.

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This National Historic Landmark building was built in 1901 during the Pan-American Exposition and now houses The Buffalo History Museum (renamed in 2012). Research library includes a repository of genealogical information; the museum features exhibits and an extensive collection of artifacts, manuscripts, books and photographs chronicling the development of Buffalo and the Niagara Frontier.

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Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is the latest attraction in the rapidly developing Cobblestone District along Buffalo, N.Y.’s Inner Harbor and is located just minutes from the Peace Bridge to Fort Erie, Canada, and a half-hour from Niagara Falls. The property is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Guests can enjoy more than 800 slot machines and 20 table games, The Creek, The Creek Stop, Stixx Sports Bar and WD Bar & Grille. Exit 6 offers Tax-Free retail shopping with all your favorite brands including local Buffalo and sports team apparel. More information is available by calling or visiting the website.

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino has partnered with the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown, the Adam’s Mark Hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo, Hotel @ The Lafayette, the Lofts on Pearl, the Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Downtown, the Hyatt Regency Buffalo and the Courtyard Marriott to provide complimentary, round trip shuttle service to and from these hotels. For schedules please visit their website.

Connect with them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, download their mobile app and view them on YouTube.

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Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

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Niagara Falls, NY 14303
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Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is located just minutes from the world-famous Niagara Falls in Western New York, near the Canadian border.

The property is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Guests can enjoy 147,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 3,600 slot machines and 90 table games, 10 restaurants, live entertainment and a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning, 26-story hotel with 604 deluxe rooms and suites, meeting space, a spa and salon, fitness center, indoor pool and STIR – the new high-energy feature bar with a 43-foot high-definition video wall.

More information is available by calling or visiting the website. Connect with them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, download their mobile app or view them on YouTube.

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The Seneca-Iroquois Cultural Center is 33,000 square feet and has hundreds of items on display, all updated regularly. It was designed to guide and immerse visitors throughout and inspired by Native lore. The center also includes an amphitheater that can accommodate 400 people.

Outside there is the first Seneca Longhouse raised in Allegany since 1820.

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The West Seneca Historical Society was founded in 1946 with Phillip Wiegand as its first president. When you enter the Museum, you are standing in an original Lower Ebenezer Society House, built around 1850. You may find it interesting that there were no kitchens in Ebenezer homes, and that is because meals were cooked by the women and girls in a communal kitchen house, scattered throughout the community.

Today’s Museum reflects many periods in the history and growth of West Seneca. Artifacts in the collection include items from the Seneca and other Indian cultures who once lived in the area.

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Buffalo History Museum

One Museum Court
Buffalo, NY 14216
(716) 873-9644

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Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

1 Fulton Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
(716) 299-1100

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Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

310 Fourth Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
(877) 873-6322

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Seneca-Iroquois Onöhsagwë Cultural Center

82 West Hetzel Street
Salamanca, NY 14779
(716) 945-1760

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West Seneca Historical Society

919 Mill Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
(716) 674-4283

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