Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations
Tonawanda Band of Senecas
- Indian Program Home
- American Indian Environmental Office
- EPA Policy for the Administration of Environmental Programs on Indian Reservations [PDF 200 KB, 4 pp]
- Cayuga Nation
- Oneida Indian Nation
- Onondaga Nation
- St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
- Seneca Nation of Indians
- Shinnecock Indian Nation
- Tonawanda Band of Senecas
- Tuscarora Nation
For more information contact:
The Hiawatha Belt
The Hiawatha Belt symbolizes the five original nations from west to east in their respective territories across New York state - Seneca (People of the Great Hill), Cayuga (People of the Swamp), Onondaga (Keepers of the Fire), Oneida (People of the Standing Stone), and Mohawk (People of the Flint).
Tonawanda Seneca Nation
7027 Meadville Road
Basom, New York 14013
Phone: (716) 542-4244
Fax: (716) 542-4244
Chief Roger Hill
Chief Darwin Hill, Clerk
Tonawanda Seneca Environmental Program
7027 Meadville Road
Bason, NY 14013
The Tonawanda Seneca territory consists of 7,549 acres located just west of Basom, New York.
The Nation's population is over 1200 enrolled members with approximately 700 living on the territory. The Nation has a centuries old traditional form of government where the Clanmothers select the Chiefs. The Council of Chiefs, made up of one Chief from each of the eight clans, legislate to protect the welfare of all Tonawanda Seneca peoples and lands. Additionally, the Seneca Chiefs sit on the Haudenosaunee Grand Council. Chiefs from each of the Six Nations meet regularly at Onondaga.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION INFRASTRUCTURE
The Tonawanda Band of Seneca Nation has delegates who serve as representatives to the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force (HETF). Tonawanda leadership and HETF representatives attend the annual EPA/Indian Nation Leaders Meeting. The Tonawanda Seneca Nation has begun to play an important role in building an information clearinghouse for the Haudenosaunee via the Six Nations Web site .
SUMMARY OF EPA/TONAWANDA INTERACTION
The Tonawanda Seneca Nation participates in the annual Indian Nation leadership meeting with Region 2 senior management and the Director of the American Indian Environmental Office. Discussions include specific environmental issues of each of the Nations, as well as environmental protection of the Nation territories and development of environmental program capacity.
EPA has responded to the Tonawanda Seneca Nation's support of environmental program development through the assistance of the HETF. Environmental program development is addressing the environmental issues facing the Nation, and the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment of the Nation for future generations.